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Weekly Picks: Malaysia (27 Aug – 2 Sept 2018)

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Teh Tarik With The Flag, at Balai Seni Negara, 23 July–17 September.

14 Malaysian artists reflect on our relationship and identity with the Jalur Gemilang flag, and create artwork that reference it. Artists include Anurendra Jegadeva, Chong Kim Chiew, Sulaiman Esa, Hasnul Jamal Saidon and Hayati Mokhtar.

More info here.

 

Mud & Mashed Hydrangea Leaves And Salad Of Dandelion Greens, at Richard Koh Fine Art, 16–30 August

Malaysian photographer Eiffel Chong’s solo exhibition of works created during his teaching stint in Chiang Mai last year. The photography works portray carefully composed flowers in various forms atypical to the usual consensus of beauty. See Eiffel’s stoic ruminations of life through the language of flowers.

More info here.

Adam! The Musical, at klpac, 24 Aug – 1 Sept

Malik Taufik reprises his role as Adam in the restaging of this musical comedy, where Adam has a secret revealed in the days leading up to his wedding. This version is a more upbeat take on the original production, and has been adapted to reflect how medical advancements have vastly improved the lives of individuals living with HIV. The musical also features two trans characters.

More info here.

Teater Kompilasi Bilik Sempit Vol 2, at Studio RS, 31 Aug – 2 Sept, 9pm

A collection of short theatre works with participants of Revolution Stage’s workshop for first-time directors. Expect performances to be in Malay, without surtitles. The directors may be new, but some performers and writers are familiar to theatre-goers. Tickets are at RM20, do book them via Whatsapp with +6016 368 6756. For those new to Revolution Stage, they stage indie (predominantly Malay-language) theatre shows, and have their own small performance space in the top storey of a shoplot (no wheelchair access). If you’re looking for an affordable theatre outing that will give you room for discussion after the show, this is a good pick.

More info here.

 

Workshop: Open Access? What FOI means for Arts Practitioners, at Malaysia Design Archive, 31 Aug, 3pm

Pakatan Harapan committed to the enactment of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in their election manifesto. This workshop explores what Freedom of Information means for arts practitioners, and how FOIA impacts the arts. The workshop is facilitated by Sonia Randhawa, a longtime advocate of freedom of information and expression.

More info here.

 

Ponteng – Student Singer Songwriters Unite!, at Five Arts Centre, 31 Aug, 8:30pm

An acoustic-based music showcase, PONTENG invites students from local institutions to perform their original compositions. The line-up features PerfectFifth (Sunway University) showcasing songs from an original musical short film; The Knicks (UM & UiTM), the debut of music duo that includes a rapper; Nane Asmat (UM), a performing arts student; Jeremy (Brickfields Asia College), singer-songwriter; Varsh (Brickfields Asia College), singer-songwriter; and Ciku (UM), a college band that recently won first runner up at a busking competition. Admission by minimum donation of RM15.

More info here.

Tukang Puisi #01 — Senandika: Nyanyi Sunyi Sepanjang Jalan, at Tintabudi, 1 Sept, 2pm

Poetry appreciation and mini exhibition featuring SM Zakir, Dr Ramzah Dambul, Wani Ardy, Za’im Yusoff, and Lutfi Ishak. Admission is RM20/person, or RM15/person for groups of 3 or more.
Participants get a copy of Senandika and event booklet each. It’s not a big space, so do RSVP ahead on Whatsapp (Rasydan).

More info here.

 

Dancebox September 2018, at klpac, 2 Sept, 8:30pm

A collection of new short contemporary dances by seven local choreographers. The Dancebox series is always a great way to survey the cutting edge of Malaysia’s dance scene. Choreographers are from a wide variety of dance backgrounds, and range from emerging to established choreographers. Admission by RM15 donation.

More info here.

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