5 – 12 Decem
Kemandirian Seni Persembahan di Pulau Pinang (Independence of the Performing Arts in Penang), 6 De 2016, George Town, Penang.
Culture can be defined from various perspectives: it is a way of life that arises from and is shared by a community, and passed on from one generation to the next. This Forum on culture, organised by the Penang State Museum Board, will examine ways to preserve and develop traditional arts which is increasingly under threat. More info here.
Revolusi Kebudayaan: Lecture on Culture by YM Raja Ahmad Aminullah, 8 Dec 2016, Petaling Jaya
Noted public intellectual, writer and cultural advocate, YM Raja Ahmad Aminullah delivers a lecture on the role of culture and its capacity to address the fractures of society. More info here.
Stil Taming and S’kolah by Masak-Masak Ensemble Theatre, 8 – 11 Dec 2016, Kuala Lumpur
Brand new collective Masak-Masak Ensemble Theatre presents two original devised Malaysian plays, Still Taming and S’kolah. Still Taming charts the journey of The Girl, seen through 17 young minds. Devised from a collection of stories written by the 17 ensemble members, Still Taming endeavours to uncover The Girl’s history, present, and future. Set in the 90’s, S’kolah is a story about these students’ hopes and dreams, shadowed by their teachers’ and families’ aspirations and histories. Can our dreams as a school truly come true, when one is left behind? Both plays run for approximately an hour, with a 15-minute intermission in between. More info here.
Singapura is attacked by swordfish! The Sultan asks his warriors to form a line to keep out the threat, but they end up being massacred. Then a boy comes up with a simple idea to defeat the swordfish. It works! What is the boy’s reward for saving Singapura? Culled from Sejarah Melayu, these remarkable myths find new life in The Swordfish, Then the Concubine by Kee Thuan Chye. This Mandarin translation of the play, directed by Loh Kok Man, marks the first time the play is being staged in Malaysia. Be among the first to catch it and experience what theatre should be – thought-provoking, real and yet magical, basic and yet larger-than-life.
(Mandarin translation with English surtitles). More info here.
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Kathy Rowland is the Managing Editor of ArtsEquator.com, a registered charity that she co-founded with Jenny Daneels in 2016. The site is dedicated to supporting and promoting arts criticism with a regional perspective in Southeast Asia. Kathy has worked in the arts for over 25 years, working in the areas of critical writing and arts advocacy, with a special interest in media platforms for the arts. She is the Project Lead for ArtsEquator’s Southeast Asian Arts and Culture Censorship Documentation Project, launched in 2021. She has written extensively on censorship of arts and culture in Malaysia. She was a member of the International Programme Advisory Committee of the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture, 2019.