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Hamlet untuk semua

Posted on 22 April 2015

22–26 Apr 2015 : SD: Othello

I first came to Hamlet in high school. We watched the Kenneth Branagh movie, had to analyse the “To be, or not to be” speech. Analyse in the sense of reading it closely and saying something about what Hamlet is really saying. My teenage self was excited with the possibilities of that. I could claim that Hamlet was saying anything I wanted. I merely had to gather the evidence. I gathered the evidence, like a detective, but the evidence did not support my arguments. Reading used to be an exercise in power, in imposing meaning on the text. I learned that the evidence determined what claims could be made of a character and a text. Reading became a listening exercise. Shakespeare is challenging to…

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Diari Wanita…Episod Kak Ani & Nyonya

Posted on 9 April 2015

Listing : Kakiseni.com

Listing : AirAsia RedTix

Diari Wanita…Episod Kak Ani & Nyonya is a production that deals in doubles. Presented in February at Istana Budaya, it tells the stories of two women from two different countries told in tandem, as guided by the vision of one director, Rosminah Tahir. One story illustrates the journey of YB Dato’ Rohani Abdul Karim, our Minister of Women, Family and Community Development (the ministry supported this production), with anecdotes from her childhood, teen years and young adulthood presented through monologues. The other is a comedy by Indonesian writer Wisran Hadi, staged for the seventh time – our very own  Madea! – telling the story of Nyonya, a young matriarch trying to protect her wealth from both a wily antique dealer and the determined grandchildren…

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#FILEMGIG: The White Balloon at Rumah Titi by Kelab Filem Bangsar (and friends)

Posted on 10 February 2015

Facebook : Kelab Filem Bangsar

Twitter : @k_filembangsar

Facebook : Rumah Titi

Facebook : Dapur Jalanan KL

Jafar Panahi is maybe best known as the Iranian filmmaker who smuggled an illegally recorded film out of his home country in a USB drive hidden inside a cake. This Is Not a Film was shown at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and won many awards but the story of his career started out a little more simply and involved no baked goods that we know of, with his first feature The White Balloon released in 1995. I showed up to Kelab Filem Bangsar’s screening of the movie knowing only the title and that they’d be serving food. Rumah Titi’s front drive was turned into a makeshift wayang pacak with some very simple ingredients: a digital projector, a laptop and a white sheet hanging…

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Something I Wrote

Posted on 27 November 2013

Event listing : on Kakiseni.com

Event listing : on Facebook

Azmyl Yunor : Official website

Five Arts Centre : Official website

Photos : Something I Wrote Photo Album

Azmyl Yunor : Facebook Page

Azmyl Yunor is my current frontrunner for the quintissential urban-Malaysian multihyphenate. The multihyphenate is commonly found in cities like ours where there is a demand for sophisticated or globalised ideas, art and other consumables, but still not big enough to sustain all of the talent. Put another way, the brain drain is so pervasive that the outstanding talents who do stick around have lots of room to stretch and work. Specialisation as an artist in KL is often both unnecessary and unfeasible — smaller fish means you don’t have to fight so hard for that one job, and at the same time there won’t be enough work if you only do one thing. Azmyl is a true many-hat-wearer as he’s achieved distinction in many…

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Joseph, the Tailor-Made Man

Posted on 27 September 2013

Touted as the most elaborate production to ever be staged in PJ Live Arts, The Tailor-Made Man retold the epic story of Old Testament Joseph, set in a stempunk Canaan/Egypt. In this adaptation, Joseph is an enthusiastic, exasperating young man — and like the bible version, he endures a trial of faith, interprets dreams, and learns that it takes patience to be part of God’s plans. Joseph has some serious business chutzpah, and when Joseph’s petty older brothers learn he stands to inherit the family business, they have him kidnapped and sold into slavery. Mr Potiphar purchases Joseph at a slave market, and catches him doing the accounts on the sly. Joseph is then promoted, profits grow, and things go well! Then Joseph spurns…

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KakiTeater: Talking with Jason

Posted on 26 July 2013

Venue : PJ Live Arts, Jaya One

Date : 26–28 July 2013

YouTube : actspressions

Event : Kakiseni Listing

Tickets : RM30/RM50 (Purchase online)

Facebook : Actspressions

Theatre-goers will get a show full of dreams and steampunk this weekend! The Tailor-Made Man opens this Friday and promises to deliver the most elaborate production in PJLA yet. We talk with the director of The Tailor-Made Man, Jason Ding, about the upcoming play: Tell our readers a little bit more about The Tailor-Made Man. The Tailor-Made Man is a story of a dreamer, Joseph, and his journey from his father’s house to the unlikeliest of places. He meets different, interesting characters along the way; and goes through some nightmares before eventually seeing his dreams come true.

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Peperangan terakhir baru sahaja bermula

Posted on 20 June 2013

Date : 23–26 Mei 2013

Venue : Morne Art Gallery

Revolution Stage mengulangi kemenangan kreatif mereka dengan naskhah terbaru, Perang Terakhir. Formula elemen luaran yang sama seperti naskhah-naskhah mereka yang baru lepas digunakan lagi kali ini: dinding/papan untuk meninggalkan komen, prop dengan gambar-gambar berkaitan dengan naskhah yang dipentaskan dan meja menjual merchandise buku dan DVD semua ada, juga di pentas Morne Art Gallery. Sudah terasa seperti ini ialah rumah Revolution Stage; sampai makanan pun dah mula dijual kepada penonton-penonton yang hadir. Inilah antara sebab saya menyukai RS, kerana mereka peka akan kehendak penonton, dan pandai mencari jalan untuk mencari untung. Berbalik kepada naskhahnya. Perang Terakhir mengisahkan Omar dan anak dewasanya Rahimah pada zaman perang besar yang difahamkan sedang meletus di serata dunia. Omar digambarkan sebagai seorang yang takut menghadapi realiti dunia luar, sering berjaga…

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Rebuilding Broken Bridges

Posted on 19 June 2013

Winning multiple awards in the 2006 BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, Broken Bridges has just ended the first leg of its second run. A love letter to Ipoh by Lim Chuang Yik and Teng Ky-Gan (who also wrote Tunku The Musical, Adam The Musical and Paper Crane), they tried to get it off the ground for years, before it was finally picked up for its first run in 2006 by Joe Hasham. Joe Hasham reprises his role as director for the second run, selling out Pentas 1 at KLPAC for several performances, a major feat for any Malaysian production. The plot is pretty straightforward, with only minor tweaks from its original run. Two best friends,  Ming (Jon Chew) and Leong (Ho Soon Yoon) are thick…

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Menjadi Orang Chow Kit Road! Chow Kit Road!

Posted on 11 June 2013

I went to watch Chow Kit Road! Chow Kit Road! with a close friend. We both more or less belong to the urban elite English-speaking Klang Valley demographic, and we were both a little worn out by the end. The play had gone on too long, we said, a common problem of local musicals, and why was the tech so poorly run that we couldn’t understand a lot of the text, and what were they actually trying to say, we said. The rest of the audience in the stalls, however, had come out in force to support the artistes, and had laughed often and applauded warmly. As we filed out, I thought about the difference between my reaction and the rest of the audience’s.…

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Festival Kakiseni: Katalog Industri Seni Pentas Tempatan

Posted on 27 May 2013

Pada 22 April hingga 1 Mei yang lalu telah berlangsung Festival Kakiseni bertempat di pusat membeli-belah terkemuka Kuala Lumpur, Pavilion KL. Acara yang berlangsung selama 10 hari ini dikelolakan oleh Kakiseni. Acara seni seperti persembahan (muzik, teater dan tari), forum dan diskusi, bengkel serta pameran berlangsung dengan meriah dan sambutan yang menggalakkan. Serentak dengan festival tersebut, Kakiseni turut menganjurkan Boh Cameronion Arts Award pada malam kemuncak festival di ruang legar Pavilion. Penulis sempat datang menyaksikan beberapa persembahan yang dipersembahkan di Black Box pada hari Sabtu, 27 April 2013. Pihak penganjur telah mendirikan sebuah panggung khas di ruang legar Pavilion yang mampu memuatkan lebih kurang 50-60 penonton pada satu-satu masa. Tiada bayaran dikenakan untuk menyaksikan persembahan di dalam Black Box tetapi penonton perlu beratur untuk…

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