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Weekly Picks: Malaysia (24 – 30 Sept 2018)

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I AM A DEMON | Varnam – Edit, at DPAC, 28–29 Sept, 8pm

This double bill of Pichet Klunchun’s “I Am A Demon” (solo performance) and Padmini Chettur’s “Varnam – Edit” (two-hander) are part of Jejak Tabi Exchange 2018. “I Am A Demon” commemorates the 3-year death anniversary of the choreographer’s dance master. “Varnam – Edit” is a contemporary investigation of the “varnam” in traditional dance repertoire of Bharatanatyam.

Tickets are RM68 (RM60 for Dcard members, RM50 concessions). More info here.

 

Lina dan Lijah, at Revolusion Stage, 26–30 Sept, 8:30pm

A Malay woman (Nik Amani) and her Chinese daughter-in-law (Yiky Chew) turn their home into a battlefield, as they work through their differences in religion, culture and generations. This performance first premiered in 2000, and is written by Namron with Marlenny Deen Erwan and Jerrica Lai. Tickets are RM25 (RM15 concessions). Contact +6 017 558 8730 (Wanny) for tickets.

More info here.

Indigenous People in Taiwan: Documentary Screening + Q&A, at Kongsi KL, 27 Sept, 8pm

A public screening of two Taiwanese documentaries that cover aborigine issues, made by indigenous filmmakers; National Bandits — A Beautiful Mistake by Mayaw Biho, and Fuzu, A Story of Love by Salone Ishahavut. There will be a Q&A with filmmakers after the screening. Admission is free.

More info here.

 

There is Speficifisfety, at Kotak @ Five Arts Centre, 28–30 Sept, 8:30pm Fri & Sat, 3:30pm Sunday)

Malaysian dance artist Lee Ren Xin and Singaporean dance artist Lee Mun Wai encounter each other again, picking up from their 2017 performance. There are some notes on how the work acknowledges and attempts to take a closer look at the multiple and layered nature of certain speficifisfetys. Perhaps the most useful thing I can say is Ren Xin is an interesting choreographer with engaging and memorable work, and you should definitely check out this show.

Admission is RM35 (RM15 concession). Reservations recommended as space is limited: fiveartscentre@gmail.com or 0182028827

More info here.

 

Anak Raja Tangkai Hati, at Matic, 28–29 Sept, 830pm

Catch a traditional Mak Yong performance at Panggung Seni Tradisional (Theatre of Traditional Arts) and Diversecity festival. The performance group Makyong Kijang Emas is mentored by legendary Kelantanese Makyong artist Puan Ruhani, and features award-winning performer Rosnan Rahman. This performance tells the tale of a prince’s encounter with an ogre princess. Tickets are RM20/RM50 (WhatsApp 012 518 6452).

More info here.

 

I Am Not Your Superwoman 2, at The Joke Factory, 28 Sept, 8:30pm

A solid all-female lineup at Harith Iskander’s new comedy club. These comedians bring a mixture of wry observation, brash dirty humour, millennial observations and a lot of laughs. The show is likely to be predominantly performed in English, with Sarawakian comedian Filzah’s routine in Malay (she’s hilarious). If you’re looking for a fun night out with lots of laughs, take your chance on this. Tickets are RM40.

More info here.

 

 

Rimbun Dahan open day, at Rimbun Dahan, 29 Sept, 2pm

It’s a drive out from the usual performing art spaces, but always worth the trip. Meet the artists-in-residence from Malaysia and Philippines. The artists will open their workspaces to showcase their works, and take questions on their art. There will also be a tour of the garden at 5pm, and the beautiful grounds (garden, gallery and traditional houses) will be open to visitors. Admission is free.

More info here.

Art Dialogue : The Originality and Support System of Printmaking, at Bank Negara Malaysia Museum, 29 Sept, 11am

A discussion on printmaking in conjunction with the current exhibition, The Art of Printmaking: Lasting Impressions, which has over 150 print works on display. This talk features artists Long Thien Shih and Juhari Said, in conversation with Tan Sei Hon. To reserve a seat, email museumprog@bnm.gov.my. The talk is followed by a woodcut workshop with artist Jerome Manjat, at 2pm.

More details here.

 

Serumpun: Modernism between Sutan Takdir Alihjahbana and Latiff Mohidin, at ILHAM Gallery, 29 Sept, 3pm

ILHAM’s public lectures fifth speaker is renowned poet, essayist, playwright and public intellectual Goenawan Mohamad. His lecture compares the lives of novelist Sutan Takdir Alihsjahbana (1908 – 1994) and artist Latiff Mohidin (1941 – today). It also tackles the larger question of how the rhizomatic features of modernism call forth a radically different cultural imagination. Do arrive early as seats tend to fill up fast (standing room is available). Admission is free.

More info here.

 

Migrant & Refugee Poetry Competition Finals, at Auditorium 7.1 of HELP University, 30 Sept, 10am

A unique poetry contest that celebrates the literary talent of migrant workers and refugees in Malaysia. This event features poetry readings by shortlisted poets of both Adult and Junior category, followed by a cultural program and award ceremony. Judges include Bernice Chauly, Looi Siew Teip, Carol Leon and Sharon Bakar.

More info here.

 

Freedom Film Fest 2018, at PJ Live Arts, 29 Sept – 6 Oct

Malaysia’s leading international human rights documentary film festival is an excellent way to learn about the many different issues that affect us. There will be 40 new and award-winning films selected from local, regional and international filmmakers, with plenty of Q&A sessions after screenings. This year’s theme is Mend The Gap (as in, no one should be left behind). It is crucial that the issues raised in this festival are supported, do make time to attend: a pass for each event is RM12 (purchase for RM10 online, RM6 concessions), and a festival pass is RM100.

More info here.

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