feature image: Giacomo Antonio Melchiorre Ceruti, called Pitoccheto ‘the little beggar’ (Milan, 1698-1767) I sit here and watch. The plains of vast deserts, the glacier of snow-capped mountains, the breath of four seasons, the streams leading to rivers and waterfalls and eventually the ocean. A keen observer I sit here in awe. Men and Women go about chasing desire after desire with no end coming to the question what on earth am I doing. I watch. Rascals and Saints, Leaders and Followers, Preachers and Politicians, Wise old men and Reckless youths. I watch them with my eye brows crossed....Read More
Artwork by Superdoofus With October upon us in a couple of days time, that means only one thing and one thing only; Inktober! Created in 2009, Inktober is a 31-day challenge started off by artist Jake Parker to push artists and doodlers to create artworks via ink drawings for an entire month. Typically, Jake provides daily prompts for all 31 days. Here’s 2017’s: But ofcourse, these prompts are not necessary to follow and we’ve seen many artists in the past who turned the challenge into a personal one with some even having their own themes. And yes, there have been...Read More
All images credit Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) Classical music is commonly viewed as elitist or reserved for people of an older age. Thus, it comes as no surprise that young people might dismiss the idea of experiencing this form of music. Enter the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), a group of top-notch musicians from more than 20 nations of different cultures with the aim to put together “Music that Moves You”. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018, MPO was formed after its first performance at Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS (DFP) on 17th August 1998. In preparation for this momentous commemoration, MPO had...Read More
All images by Charles Chiam “Prayers come from within and to articulate it is to share your soul. You beautify language to reach out, to spread good energy, and express hope that things will turn for the better,” spoken word poet Sheena Baharudin says to me. We were talking to each other at a multidisciplinary spoken word poetry performance held to celebrate the release of two poetry books by Sheena and fellow poet Alana Azlan. While Sheena’s All the Bodies We’ve Embraced was released in June this year, Alana’s A Female Called Psyche got its release this month. Published...Read More
Sketch by Lehanan Tasha Lim write poetry which she usually posts on Instagram. “I write for the emotions we struggle to express. And that’s how my poems come about,” she says. She is currently working to publish a Zine consisting of her past works. This poem will be featured inside her upcoming Zine. To order her Zine, you can email her or drop her a message on Instagram! She’s still a student, a fan of Haruki Murakami, an ambivert who is also from House Ravenclaw! Have poems to share with us? Send em over to firstname.lastname@example.org and do include a short...Read More
Apotheosis Of Gurdjieff And Ouspensky by Joe Michelli Around midnight we were cruising down Imbi Road, headed for my usual tea stall. The roti pan was still sizzling but empty and the small heap of unsold nasi lemak indicated that we had arrived ahead of the late night movie crowd. “What will you have?” I positioned myself where I could keep an eye on the street life. The man came over with a damp rag to wipe the tea rings off our table. “Boss, teh tarik dua, kurang manis.” I ordered two teas with sweet milk, pulled to aerate...Read More
All images credit Pang Khee Teik As you enter Makespace at Quill City Mall, you’ll soon realize that director Azzad Mahdzir’s Kenduri Kendara, commissioned by Sisters in Islam, isn’t your ordinary theatre piece. For starters, it felt like I was entering into someone’s home. I almost tiptoed and was consciously walking slower because I felt like I was intruding. However, that feeling soon disappeared as I received a warm invitation from the crew to join some other guests in the “wait room” for the first of three parts in Kenduri Kendara, Suap – a ceremony of feeding one another....Read More
All images credit Charmaine Sze As I entered the dimly lit hall, it was as if I was walking into the dark truth on the future of the indigenous people of Malaysia. Members of the audience spoke in hushed voices as the esteemed panel of film directors answered questions on challenges they faced fighting for the rights of the local indigenous people of their respective communities. As an orang asli himself, Shafie Dris directed Abai, a film about the day-to-day lives of orang asli and how much of their lifestyle is reliant on land and on the environment. As...Read More
When I picked up the book, it was by accident. It was lying on the small table in my husband’s room, looking strangely out of place. Firstly because the cover was a striking pinkish purple hue, featuring the silhouette of a woman’s face; secondly, it was in Malay. After reading the back cover, I found myself digging into the pages, like a schoolgirl in search of that feeling again. You know? That complicated yearning, that brimming fantasy most cogent with the possibility of a potential lover? Some call it romanticism. And it was in the throes of my revisiting...Read More
All images credit Samuel Goh Are you tired of watching movies with trailers that give everything away? Looking for something interesting to do in KL? Trying to find yourself? If you answered yes to at least one of the questions, this just might be something for you. Recent happenings around the world have triggered a series of questions that our society might otherwise not talk about because they’re known to be hush-hush topics. We’re talking about things that you might not even discuss with yourself in your diary. Revolving around the themes of gender, DUALITY by the VSC Project is an...Read More
Artwork by NadiaSee Come on over and take my hand, There is something I’d like you to see. Come on over and take my hand, I can sense you are afraid but don’t be. Take a deep breath and take a step, The crevice you see is not that deep. Take a deep breath and take that step, By faith and belief you take that leap. Now that you are here would you come and see, There is something I would really want to show. Look through that keyhole and see carefully, Tell me, tell me what your eyes...Read More
Tattoo by Larry Brogan My mother always told me, “I may be your mother, but the truth is that you have all my doubts.” “I am a child… a baby. The earliest memories to my recollection are the demons of my upbringing,” says Henry. As irony would have it, those memories would shape my first 17 years of life. It’s a good age. A good age to understand life’s ultimate tale of morality. In truth, there is no lesson to be learned here, no higher calling, only a physical demon — a shadow, which had visited me in my...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