Author: Sukhbir Cheema

This woman is reshaping people’s perception of OCD through theatre

Image credit The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre Ho Lee Ching was eight-years-old when she began making involuntarily sounds and movements for no apparent reason. Her parents who initially thought that she was just being a mischievous kid later grew concerned and took her to a doctor. “I was 14 when the doctors confirmed that I have Tourette Syndrome,” the 27-year-old says. The syndrome is a neurological disorder largely characterised by repetitive and involuntary movements and sounds (they’re called tics). “Tics that produce movements are called “motor tics” while those that produce sounds are called “vocal tics”. I have...

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Reinventing Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey through Losertown

All images by The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre “Once upon a time there was a girl who was a coward,” singer, comedian and actor Hannan Azlan begins. The 23-year-old is seen sweating, on the floor, her curly hair on her face as she slowly gathers herself, brushes her hair off, looks at the audience and asks, “Have you ever felt like a coward?” Losertown is not your ordinary piece of theatre. Infact, even director Tung Jit Yang does not know what to make of it. Back in late September, Jit, who is the director in resident at The...

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The klpac Symphonic Band sheds its classical image for a rock repertoire!

All images credit The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre Symphonic Band (or klpac Symphonic Band for short) has been around for close to eight years. Established in 2009, it is a community wind band aimed at providing a platform for musicians from various musical background, to get together, make music and perform on a regular basis. But now, after years of performing classical repertoires, the band is set to undergo a face-lift. A rock inspired face-lift. Remember jukeboxes? You know, those automated coin operated music playing machines? Well, the klpac Symphonic Band under...

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Weddings to the big stage, Aina Abdul reminiscences her musical journey

Image credit Happyfingers Photography For someone who travels daily via the KTM Komuter from Seremban to Sentul, I consider myself a special kind of crazy person. As it turns out, singer and songwriter Aina Abdul is just as crazy as me albeit alot more special! At 17-years-old, Aina would travel daily after school from her hometown in Seremban to Kuala Lumpur to attend her vocal lessons with Cikgu Shafi, daughter of the famed late Malaysian singer M. Shariff. “I started singing when I was in highschool and my musical journey consists of various phases,” Aina tells me when we met...

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“I was paralysed waist down when I re-discovered music,” Endee Ahmad

Image credit Armon Endee Ahmad never knew music was to become his destiny until an ill-fated fall in the bathroom led him to be paralysed from the waist down in 2013. “I was working as a banker for seven-years then,” the 35-year-old reveals to me when met at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) recently. He fell and regained consciousness a day and a half later only to discover that he had lost his job, his wife and his ability to walk. “My wife and friends left me. My boss called me and said he was unable to...

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