Image credit: magnatalk.com It was bound to happen any minute now. I took a peek at the old, brown grandfather’s clock sitting behind me; us alone in the dining room under a light as glorious as a mountain’s sunset, as old as the age I was about to turn into. It happens once every year, once the clock reaches twelve and I become a year wiser (yet closer to my unpreventable death), I would hear a fickle of the faintest footsteps at my door, like that belonging to the feet of a little girl no older than five, but as I slip into my warm robes...Read More
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image credit: May Choong Many people turn to art as a hobby or therapeutic stress relief, and when May Choong took up a pencil, she was no different, just looking for an outlet to distract from her work-related woes. But the results of that took even her by surprise, because as it turns out, she has FULL BLOWN Talent! Yes…we kid you not, and if you’re wondering what the dramatic caps lock was for, well, judge for yourself lah. A photo posted by YangMay Choong (May) (@yangmayc) on Jan 9, 2017 at 12:44pm PST The day she found out her...Read More
Image credit: Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival If you’re a music lover or someone who enjoys quality music, then the 4th edition of the Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival which takes place this weekend will whet your music taste buds. Here we’ve compiled reasons why you should and must check out Malaysia’s biggest and arguably the world’s one of a kind jazz festival! A festival by musicians for musicians (and music lovers) Touted as the brainchild of Malaysia’s foremost jazz musician, Michael Veerapen – the festival could only happen with the assistance of several Malaysian jazz pianists such as Tay Cher Siang, Justin Lim, David...Read More
Image credit: Songs & Stories In the age of information, the way we tell and share stories continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Enter Songs & Stories, a joint-initiative between singer-songwriter Juwita Suwito and novelist-author Gina Yap Lai Yoong (PSSST! We also wrote a feature on Gina last year). Heavily relying on social media – primarily Facebook – as a platform to share their stories, the duo have experimented telling stories about their journey throughout Malaysia in the form of short Facebook documentaries, photo essays, and posts. With the aim of the initiative is to discover inspiration in everyday people and places...Read More
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Image credit: Rosenfeldtown Rampaging bulls carve a mighty path beneath an unruffled veil crashing through intricate lattices of sobriety Bells in the sanctum peal over the roar of thundering hooves – tolling ‘Calm! Calm! Calm!’ as gallant pillars erected in times of despair stand firm against the rampaging surge – a surge that started from a sock A sock of unmatched quality soaked in insidious splendour rumpled and thick seeping viscid ick permeating the air with H2S flavour mingled with the insufferable perfume of insouciance It leaves a rancid trail in which blood red toadstools blossom and thrive vacuously...Read More
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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