Image credit: The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre Would you consider your life a private, limited? Or are all our lives one big company? Explore these questions with Life Sdn Bhd, which will be staging for the 13th time at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) next month. This year, for the first time, one half of klpac’s founder, Joe Hasham, will join the line-up of casts. It is indeed surprising that the show started by Faridah Merican, (klpac and Joe’s other half), which has gone on for over a decade, had never included Joe until now. The show is also marking the...Read More
Image credit: Saatchi Art Didn’t I tell you to leave me alone? To go far away and never come back? Yet here I find you nestled comfortably Deep in my thoughts Slipping through each and every crack Just finding your way back in No matter how I try To shut you out Embedded in my skin There you stay Mr. Doubt Azalia Zaharuddin is a part time writer and full time dreaming linguist who enjoys singing broken tunes to the moon while pursuing her Masters in Translation at University Sains Malaysia. You can find more of her work here....Read More
Never has there been a more apt mockumentary that parodies and at the same time serves as a social commentary on Malaysian Indians and their festivals – specifically Thaipusam. Enter “Do You Even Thaipusam”, created by the brilliant folks from Naarasimma TV, a Youtube bi-monthly show. (Subtitles included in the video!) Its content lead and director, Gogularaajan Rajendran shares with us that the aim of the mockumentary is to highlight issues related to the festival. “The issues parodied are scenarios faced by many Malaysian Indians in common. These issues have created and perpetuated a negative stereotype towards the Indian community,”...Read More
All images credit: RMi Photography Services “Wait! There’s something wrong. Do I look okay?” “Yeah you look great!” my friend Syazween claimed as she adjusted her high platform heels outside her car. “Thanks… Do these sneakers go with this dress?” I asked looking down, not ready to give in to Syazween’s persuasion. “No, actually.” “Okay I’m wearing my slippers” I said and kicked my sneakers off, tossed them and my socks into the car where I had tossed a vintage hat that I changed my mind about in the car ride that evening. My dress had already looked stupid. Syazween...Read More
Earlier today Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) had suggested that all porcine-based products should come with a pig logo (logo babi). PPIM president Nadzim Johan’s reasoning was that this move would assist in avoiding confusion among Muslim consumers. He added that this suggestion follows after the association had received complaints from those who had accidentally purchased such products. “Many Muslim consumers are not smart. If I say they are stupid, it will agitate people, but they are not that smart. “They consume everything (blindly). So I suggest we should have ‘Logo babi’, otherwise they would eat this as well,” he...Read More
Image credit: Vicknes Waran A month back when Ruby Subramaniam read an article about a Facebook group on a mission to spray paint “inappropriately” dressed women during Thaipusam, she felt she had to do something. Being absolutely familiar with one of the world’s oldest religion, Hinduism, the self-taught artist reflected on the irony of men worshipping female deities and yet asserting their dominance in such disrespectful manner. In Hinduism, the principal qualities of creation are represented by three deities – Trimurti as they’re called; Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer. These three qualities have feminine aspects and are represented by...Read More
Image credit: nedroid.com Alienated Who I am is underappreciated. I said, come, dance with me This place is too colourful for us to be so standstill Dance to my song – I wasn’t always this happy Dance to our song – I was never this free I’d like for us to dance and dance and dance till we pass out If that’s okay with you. I want everything to be okay with you. But you exuded boredom to my face And suddenly I was a star without its glow My head was filled with rage I worked too hard for...Read More
feature image credit: Aleksander Peca The old man looked upon his dead wife in her casket. He could think now. The numbness in his mind had begun to fade away as he stared at the lifeless body in the box. His eyes were crinkles of swelled skin, like two giant dumplings with a black pearl in the middle. No one could tell anymore what he was looking at, or if he was looking at all. He had neatly combed to the side, slivers of white long strands on his head, what was left of his hair. Still, it failed...Read More
Parasurama (kiri) juga merupakan avatara keenam Deva Vishnu. Kredit gambar: arttoart.io Baca bahagian-bahagian sebelumnya di sini. Dalam puisi klasik Megha Duta, watak yaksa seterusnya menceritakan kepada gumpalan awan tentang apa yang bakal ditemui apabila sampai di kawasan Banjaran Himalaya di bahagian utara India. Sloka 60 – Selepas merentas pelbagai keajaiban di kaki Banjaran Pralayadri (nama lain bagi Himalaya), teruskan perjalanan engkau ke arah utara. Engkau akan tiba di Bukit Krouncha. Amat mudah untuk mengenal pasti bukit itu menerusi lubang besar yang menembusinya. Lubang besar ini menjadi laluan bagi kumpulan angsa yang terbang menuju ke Manasa di Madhya Pradesh. Ia juga...Read More
And just like that, January gives way to February. Here are the best Malaysian artworks which we’ve come across to celebrate the first month of 2017! They come in all shapes, colors, sizes and commemorate a myriad of occasions, events and moments. Majority of these artworks were spotted and picked at the Doodle Malaysia – Do you doodle? Facebook group! *** Fun Fact: The Facebook group linked above is the best local social media platform to join if you’re looking for a Malaysian Facebook art community consisting of supportive bunch of artists (young and old, male and female, beginners and...Read More
Image credit: amazonaws.com Will you be the one, to draw the curtains, in the morning after? Will you be the one, to brew me coffee, in the morning after? Will you be the one, to draw the sheets closer, in the morning after? Will you be the one. to smile shyly, in the morning after? Will you be the one, to lean in and kiss me, in the morning after? OR Will you be the one, to call it a mistake, in the morning after? Khayma Balakrishnan says; “I am a passionate teacher, and an idealistic writer. I write about the...Read More
Image credit: ebidenikstotzone Am I really doing this? I still can’t believe myself on this matter. Like girl, you’re so scared to even call the phone hotline to ask for directions but now, you’re up to this huge plan and you don’t even know if it will work. Beep beep! My phone vibrated and Matt’s face flashed on the screen. “Hey, I’m about half an hour away from his place now.” “Awesome! He’s away for some meeting at his office. Probably will be back about 4pm ish.” “Okay, thanks a lot Matt. For everything.” I started choking and my voice...Read More
Long ago, Polynesians recorded the
Long ago, Polynesians recorded the existence of Planet V. Forgotten to the vastness of space, Planet V has been known for its mysterious inhabitants. Legend tells of a race similar to humans, yet skilled in supernatural powers. After 173 lights years, Planet V has returned, floating parallel to Earth. It is only a matter of time that the mystery of its people unfolds…
Presented by Life Art solution Sdn Bhd
Date & Time:
Sept 29 @ 8.30pm
Sept 30 @ 3pm, 8.30pm
Oct 1 @ 3pm
Venue: Pentas 1, klpac
Earth Zone : Rm168 ( Numbered seat )
Water Zone : Rm128 ( Numbered seat )
Fire Zone : Rm98 ( Free Seating )
Kid price : Rm68 ( Not available at Earth Zone)
Early Bird (17th Aug ~ 27 Aug 2017)
Earth Zone : Buy 5 free 1
Water Zone : RM108
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE!
September 30 (Saturday) 3:00 pm - October 1 (Sunday) 3:00 pm
Celebrating 10 years with 10
Celebrating 10 years with 10 weeks of 10-minute theatre!
With festivals in 14 countries, there is no stopping the SHORT+SWEET mania. Malaysia is no exception as the festival continues to grow here.
We kick off in KL on 6 September with S+S Stand-Up Comedy+Song followed by Musical, Junior Dance (new category for dancers 16 and below), Dance and finish off with a record-breaking three weeks of Theatre ending on 29 October. It then moves on to Penang from 1 to 11 November for Dance and Theatre.
What makes the festival so popular is its unique format. It only premieres new works that are 10 minutes or less. Not only will you be the first to watch these new creations but, in a single night, you get to watch 10 to 12 different works.
SHORT+SWEET also runs as a competition. The performers compete for a place in the Gala Finals where the winners will win prizes including the coveted Mercedes-Benz Award for Creative Excellence.
Root for your favourite team or, better yet, vote for them and they stand a chance to win the Audience Choice Award.
Come, celebrate us and get swept up in this SHORT+SWEET mania. Like a good Malaysian buffet, there is something for everyone.
Festival Director & Executive Producer : Dato’ Faridah Merican
Artistic Director : Joe Hasham OAM
Advisor & Senior Production Manager : Easee Gan
Stage Management Team : Benedict Chin, Faustina Kow & Angel Lai
Short+Sweet Malaysia 2017: Dance | 27 – 30 September @ 8.30pm & 4 – 8 October @ 8.30pm
Short+Sweet Malaysia 2017: Theatre | 11 – 14 October @ 8.30pm, 18 – 21 October @ 8.30pm, 25 – 29 October @ 8.30pm
Venue: Pentas 2, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac)
RM 129 for 3 tickets (2 tickets for either week 1 or week 2 or week 3 + 1 ticket for Gala Night)
***Festival package is ONLY applicable for Short+Sweet Malaysia 2017: Dance and Short+Sweet Malaysia 2017: Theatre
CALL 03 4047 9000 TO PURCHASE TICKETS OR TO GET MORE INFO!
September 30 (Saturday) 8:30 pm - October 29 (Sunday) 8:30 pm
This is the 7th annual
This is the 7th annual show organized by Tutti Art Club. This group show will showcase works of Artist Seeling Tan with a group of students who are normal and also those who have learning challanges. Art show no barrier and we all come in as group to celebrate the differences of each individual. There is no disability in our creations, each and everyone can paint equally well.
Presented by: Tutti Art
Date & Time: 15th Oct 2017 @ 3pm
Launch of Art Exhibition at 3pm with students short violin and cello performance at 3pm.
Exhibition will be held from 10 – 21 October from 10am – 10pm.
October 10 (Tuesday) 10:00 am - November 21 (Tuesday) 10:00 pm
The Marriage of Figaro (Le
The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), a comic opera in four acts by composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. Soon to be wed, Figaro and Susanna, servants to the Count and Countess Almaviva, are worried that the Count will attempt to seduce Susanna on her impending wedding night. Can Figaro outwit his Scheming and skirt-chasing master? A single day of madness, revenge, conspiracy and deception! Hilariously funny. Featuring Chi Hoe Mak as Count Almaviva, Ang Mei Foong as Countess, Ho Chi Mei as Susanna, Samuel Lim as Figaro, Chaing YiLing as Cherubino, Cynthia Tan as Marcellina, Chin Vun Chieh as Dr. Bartolo, Alphonsus Sim as Basilio/Don Curzio, Bui Yik Ling as Barbarina, Terence Au as Antonio, KL City Opera Orchestra Ensemble, KL City Opera Chorus and the children from the Opera for Kids workshop.
Executive Producers – Danny Chen & Ho Soon Yoon
Conductor – Juan Montoya
Stage Director – Vince Connor
Vocal Director – Cecilia Yap
Concert Master – Lim Jae Sern
Repetiteur – Soon Kun Ming
Date & Time –
12th & 14th October 2017 @ 8:00pm
15th October 2017 @ 3:00pm
Venue – Pentas 1, klpac
12th October 2017 – RM108, RM118, RM128, RM138, RM148
14th & 15th October 2017 – RM128, RM138, RM148, RM158, RM168
Early bird 15% off from July 15th – August 15th, 2017
10% off for students, seniors and physically challenged
Tickets on sale NOW!
October 12 (Thursday) 8:00 pm - November 15 (Wednesday) 3:00 pm
What can you create in
What can you create in 20 minutes?
We asked our local visual artists that question and boy, they have been showing us some talent we can’t deny.
Join us as we celebrate the arts with 12 Featured Artists who will be painting against the clock, for your vote. The energy at the event will be electric.
Date: 14th October 2017
Time: 3.00pm – 6.30pm.
Location: The Square, Publika.
Featured artists list will be announced soon. Art Battle MY #3 is brought to you by Publika, Premier Art, Gerakbudaya with support from Eksentrika.
(Saturday) 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Square, Publika
Level G2, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, 1, Jalan Dutamas 1 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Flyboys (2006) Duration: 140 mins (approx.) Language: English Subtitle: English Synopsis:
Duration: 140 mins (approx.)
Synopsis: The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country’s first fighter pilots.
War Horse (2011)
Duration: 146 mins (approx.)
Synopsis: Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Duration: 169 mins (approx.)
Synopsis: Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
The Pianist (2002)
Duration : 150 mins (approx.)
Synopsis: A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
Presented by: The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat
Curated by: Joe Hasham OAM and Dato’ Faridah Merican
Venue: Indicine, klpac
Date: 16, 17, 23 & 24 October @ 3pm
October 16 (Monday) 3:00 pm - November 24 (Friday) 3:00 pm
Co. Un Yamada Project 2017 Celebrated
Co. Un Yamada Project 2017
Celebrated dancer Un Yamada is no stranger to Malaysia, having visited here for performances and residency program since 2012.
In January 2016, she directed a double bill project titled “one◆piece x The Rite of Spring” in klpac. Both works were originally produced for Co. Un Yamada, but in this double bill project, “one◆piece” was performed by local male dancers selected through competitive audition, and “The Rite of Spring” by Co. Un Yamada dancers from Japan.
This year, Un Yamada has mixed Malaysian and Japanese casts together to present a special Malaysian version of “People without Seasons.”
A City without Seasons
It was first performed by Co. Un Yamada in 2012 in Japan, initially by twelve dancers, with the idea taken from Shugoro Yamamoto’s literary work of the same title. In fact, 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the writer’s death. The literature had also made into a movie “Dodesukaden” by a world famous film director, Akira Kurosawa, in 1970. Receiving the inspiration from both the novel and the movie, Un Yamada has established an energetic dance world with implementing a lot of theatrical elements, with adopting Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” effectively into the act.
For the Malaysian version of the show, Un Yamada will be selecting 15 Malaysian participants through the audition. They will learn the choreography from Un Yamada and her company members, as well as from Fauzi Amirudin and Jabar Laura who had participated in the show held in Japan earlier this year.
They will all together present the result at klpac.
The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur(JFKL), Co. Un Yamada, ASWARA
Co. Yamada Un
Artistic Director & Choreography: Un Yamada
Set Designer: Hiroshi Fuji
Costume Designer: RYOTAMURAKAMI
Lighting Designer: Yukiko Sekine
Lighting Operator: Masahiko Fujita
Sound Operator: Chikako Ezawa
Stage Manager: Soh Chong Hong
Producer: Toshiko Uehara
Performers: Un Yamada, Fauzi Amirudin, Jabar Laura, Chinami Ito, Toshihiko Jo, Sayuri Iimori, Masashi Koyama, Kiea Kuan Nam, Pengiran Qayyum, Joanna Koleth-Tan, Lim Pei Ern, Syed Haziq Afiq, Mohd Zulkarnain, Sueki Yee, Yap Chiw Yi, and Janet Pillai
The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur
Yuri Yamada (Project Manager)
Stephanie Ho (Production Manager)
Sulatan bin Ibrahim (Administration)
Nurliyana binti Norazami (Publicity)
Kyoko Kugai, Nurul Amira binti Sabri (Front of the House)
Hiromi Ikeda (Emergency)
Date & Time
20th October 2017 (Fri) 8.30pm
21st October 2017 (Sat) 8.30pm
22nd October 2017 (Sun) 3.30pm
Venue Pentas 1, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre
Normal: RM 55
Concession; RM 28 for student, senior citizen, disabled, JFKL member and TAS card member (ONLY applicable to walk in to klpac with Valid ID)
All tickets are inclusive of RM3.00 ticket handling fee
Buy 3 Free 1 (Only for Normal Tickets)
(RM41.25 x 4 tickets = RM 165)
TICKETS LAUNCHING SOON!
20 (Friday) 8:30 pm - 22 (Sunday) 3:30 pm
Malaysia-based, award-winning artist Shamma Esoof
Malaysia-based, award-winning artist Shamma Esoof will be showing her a solo photography exhibition in Cyberjaya. The exhibition titled Soft & Savage will showcase a series of mesmerizing owl portraits. The show will open on Saturday 21 October 2017 with a launch event at 3 p.m.The exhibition will run until Sunday 29 October 2017.
The photo-series consists of striking portraits of owls that were all shot at various locations in Malaysia.
Shamma’s owl portraits have become viral online. It has been featured on various websites and blogs in many different countries and languages. The owl portrait series was most recently featured on a popular site called Bored Panda.
A close bond with Malaysia
“Malaysia has been a source of inspiration for me because of the incredible flora and fauna. I wish to inspire people to value and protect those natural treasures,” says Shamma.
Soft & Savage will be Shamma’s second exhibition in Malaysia. The artist invites the Malaysian public to come and be enchanted by the mystical beauty of owls.
About the venue
Harvest Food and Coffee is a Western Fusion Cafe / Restaurant in Cyberjaya, with healthy homemade snacks, sandwiches, desserts and quality coffee. Lunch, dinner, teatime and all day breakfasts are served in a home-like ambiance.
(Saturday) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Harvest Food and Coffee
G-11, Lingkaran Cyber Point Barat Neo Cyber Cyberjaya 63000
After the sold out of
After the sold out of One Thousand Million Smiles in 2016, The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat will be bringing back the musical tribute for a limited run from 26th to 28th October 2017 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the legendary singer’s passing.
The success of last year’s tribute show is a testament of Sudirman’s talent and his endearing legacy. It was a great reminder why he is fondly referred to as the People’s Singer as fans from all over the country flocked to klpac, many of whom have faithfully followed his career and attended his concerts including his winning performance at the Asian Music Awards in London which cemented his place as Asia’s No. 1 Performer as well as the infamous Chow Kit road concert which brought KL to a standstill with its 100,000-strong crowd.
Like before, the tribute will feature singers from all walks of life including Malaysian Idol finalist Nikki Palikat and winner of ntv7’s Audition reality TV show, Tria Aziz. Other singers include, Amir Hazril Harith, Ian Chow, Ryonn Leong and Joel Wong.
Reminiscent of the extravagant musical shows in the 80’s, the singers will be backed by a full orchestra under the baton of Lee Kok Leong as well as a five-piece band led by Loh Ui Li as they perform Sudirman’s greatest hits such as Balik Kampung, Salam Terakhir, Hujan, Chow Kit Road and, of course, One Thousand Million Smiles.
Like the man himself, One Thousand Million Smiles will be a toe-tapping showstopper from start to finish.
Presented by: The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat in collaboration with The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre
Director & Executive Producer: Dato’ Faridah Merican
Artistic Director: Joe Hasham OAM
Co-Music Director & Score Arranger: Loh Ui Li
Co-Music Director & Conductor: Lee Kok Leong
Choreographer: Melody Tee
Date & Time: 27th – 28th Oct 2017 (Fri-Sat) @ 8.30pm
Venue: Pentas 1, klpac
Category 1: RM80 (Centre Seat)
Category 2: RM60 (Side Seat)
Concession: RM40 (TAS Card Member / Senior Citizen / Disabled / Student)
Tickets are available!
27 (Friday) 8:30 pm - 28 (Saturday) 8:30 pm