Southeast Asia’s first festival of ideas, the Cooler Lumpur Festival, returns to Publika this weekend with the theme #Fast. Established in 2013, the festival aims to provide audience members with great discussions and dialogue. If you believe in the power of a good idea, this is the festival for you. This is our selection of events from the festival for you, dear reader: Friday, 20 June #Fast Talks: Opening Keynote – F**** Censorship! by Miguel Syjuco, 830-930pm This years #Fast Talks Lecture series at the Cooler Lumpur Festival will be opened by distinguished Filipino writer Miguel Syjuco who represents the bright future of Asian literary talent. Beginning a series of lectures by distinguished guests, with the ever present and timely topic of censorship and…
The PJ Laugh Fest is Asia’s biggest annual comedy festival, and it officially kicks off today with an eclectic range of comedy shows for the next fortnight. These are the shows we recommend: Faulty Towers — The Dining Experience 14 May–1 June, 7:30PM (and additional 12:30pm show on weekends); RM185 (Dinner), RM165 (Lunch). Fans of the beloved British comedy series Fawlty Towers will get the best of its gags and a wonderful 3-course meal, served by the neurotic Basil, domineering Sybil and language-challenged Manuel (characters made famous by John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs). Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong — so make sure you come for the food, stay for the laughs, and let Faulty Towers serve you the…
The KL International Jazz & Arts Festival returns this year with yet another noteworthy lineup — expect performances by acclaimed international jazz stars and the best local talents. The highlight of the festival will be pianist/vocalist Diane Schuur, a longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the ’40s and ’50s. Schuur has racked up two Grammy awards and three Grammy nominations in a recording career spanning nearly three decades. Also of note amongst the international artists are critically-acclaimed jazz pianist Keiko Matsui, and Grammy-nominated recording artist John Beasley. Malaysian artists performing include Jordan Rivers Band, Rachel Guerzo and Bassment Syndicate.
The most interesting theatre show in Klang Valley this month is likely White Rabbit, Red Rabbit. The playwright, Nassim Soleimanpour of Iran, conceived an idea for a show that could travel without him, and would require no directors, no stage, no rehearsals. Every night, an actor receives the script and performs a cold reading of the text to a live audience. Much of what delights about the show is seeing how dramatically the energy and feel of it changes depending on the actor onstage, and the audience members pulled up with him/her.
It’s a show that addresses the more sinister questions of life with a lighthearted voice — but the questions will stick in your head after. The point of the show is to be surprised, so we don’t want to give away anything — but do make time to watch it. The play is performed in three languages in Malaysia (KL and Penang): Malay, English, and Mandarin.
Below are the details for talkback with the people behind White Rabbit Red Rabbit (including playwright Nassim Soleimanpour), and a theatre workshop for those interested.
A workshop for theatre makers, playwrights, theatre students and theatre goers.
Is it possible to have theatrical performance by a non- the theatrical frame? And if, the frame is subverted in this way, is it still theatre? Or has the whole event evaporated back into life?
DATE: Feb 24 & 25 (Mon & Tue) TIME: 7.00pm- 11.00pm VENUE: Five Arts Centre @TTDI, Studio (Address:27,27A, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman 7, Taman Tun Dr.Ismail, 60000,KL) FEE: RM60/pax DRESS CODE: Dress Comfortably PAYMENT METHOD:
1.Bank into The Instant Café Theatre Company (Bank Acc: RHB Bank 21403500133062), send the bank in slip to the email below.
2.Pay cash to Hui Ting (Stage Manager) OR Tania (F.O.H) during the performance of White Rabbit Red Rabbit.
Kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a slot. Limited to the first 30 applicants.
Nassim Soleimanpour is an independent multidisciplinary theatre maker from Tehran, Iran. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award and The Arches Brick Award (Edinburgh Fringe) as well as picking up nominations for a Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award. Nassim is an experienced public speaker, most recently as a panellist for the In Conversation series.
Electric Minds Project takes on the story of boy meets girl (and gets engagement ring) with A Little Conviction, Jody Lancaster’s newest comedy about the war of the sexes and the great eternal mystery of what women want from men. The play features Ostella Adam, Karynn Tan, Alvin Looi and Tan Meng Kheng, and is directed by Alex Chua. Audience members can immerse themselves in the play, as there will be no audience seating — the performance will happen around you, and you get to choose who or what you want to watch.* Evening shows: 27–30 Nov , 8.30pm (RM38 full price, RM33 Adults under 30, RM23 concessions) Matinee shows: 30 Nov – 1 Dec, 3.30pm (RM23 flat rate) Ticket deals: Buy 4 Get…
A celebration of the art of entrepreneurship, innovation and invention in all its forms, TEDxKLwomen makes its annual return to the stage with this year’s theme “Money — Invented Here”. The conference aims to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences, and will feature a list of guest entrepreneurs who will speak on turning new ideas and innovations into financial success. Speakers include Tintoy Chua and Take Huat of the popular Peperangan Bintang (Star Wars in Wayang Kulit); notorious comedian Joanne Kam; founder of all-female Queen’s Hostel Rachel Koay; food stylist Samantha Lee; The Apprentice UK contestant and social entrepreneur Melody Hossaini; luxury headband designers from Sereni & Shentel; and successful founder of tech startups Cheryl Yeoh. For more information, visit TEDxKLWomen FB, and purchase tix…
2014 is just around the corner, and here are the dance productions you should be watching before the year ends: 6th Nyoba Kan International Butoh Festival 29th–30th November, 830PM |Black Box @ DPAC Nyoba Kan has been actively promoting and performing the unique Malaysian take on the Butoh dance, which originated in Japan, for years now. If you haven’t caught any of their performances, the Butoh Festival is your best bet. There will be a performance of The Thousand Hands Arhat (which was also staged in Urbanscapes over the weekend) by Nyoba Kan, and Unspelled by Yuko Kaseki, a Japanese Butoh dancer currently based in Berlin. More details → The Island by Kwang Tung Dance Company 29th & 30th Nov, 3PM (Saturday only) and 8.30PM…
A deserted island may bring excitement, or it may bring danger. It may be all about sunny white sand beaches, or perhaps, something else could be lurking in the shadows. Only those who go ashore will find out.
This time round, Kwang Tung Dance Company (KTDC) invites three choreographers — Amy Len, Loh Kok Man and Jack Kek, to jointly explore the possibilities that such an island can offer. They will draw inspiration from their years of experience in dance, in theatre, and in life, to create three unique and brand new pieces of work.
Date & Time: 29 November 2013 (Friday), 8.30pm | 30 November 2013 (Saturday), 3.00pm & 8.30pm
We’ve seen much of Shahril Nizam‘s work within the art community, and waited quite a while for this: the announcement of his first solo exhibition.
If you were one of the lucky few at the recent Arts for Grabs March 2013, you would have been presented with the opportunity to purchase some of his artwork. For those who follow the local literary scene, he is the artist behind the beautiful illustrations for books such as Malaysian Politicians Say The Darndest Things Vol 1 by Amir Muhammad; Growing Up With Ghosts by Bernice Chauly; and the collection of Malaysian writing in Readings from Readings Vol 1 and 2. He has also published a book of poetry and illustrations titled If Only.
OUR ArtProjects, the team working with the artist on this exhibition, was also recently involved in Sharon Chin‘s one-day exhibition Weeds/Rumpai. You can catch more previews and behind-the-scenes pictures of their exhibitions and artists if you visit their website.
OUR ArtProjects is excited to kick off its inaugural programme with Shahril Nizam’s long awaited solo exhibition, In Between: Transitions & Dead Ends. This presentation of paintings, drawings and sculptural objects in a room installation is a culmination of four long years of intuitive exploration. It traces the conceptual and technical processes that visualise Shahril’s deeply-held fascination for the human psyche and its mental continuum.
The details for the exhibition are below:
OUR ArtProjects presents
IN BETWEEN: TRANSITIONS & DEAD ENDS
a solo exhibition by Shahril Nizam
67 TEMPINIS GALLERY
20 April – 5 May 2013
Are you a designer? Typo Cakap is back with another session of bringing good international typographers to Malaysia to speak with our local typography geeks. Last time around, we got to meet Christian Schwartz. Time time, typographer Lauri Toikka from Helsinki will share his thoughts. Interested?: RSVP here. Disclaimer: The organisers TypoKaki are also designing the brand identity for KakiSENI Fest.