Weekly Picks: Malaysia (8-14 Apr 2019)

For events in Penang this week, go to the Penang Free Sheet.

Soun(d)ance 22, at RAW Art Space, 8 Apr, 8:30pm

This monthly series combines improvised dance and music performances. In this edition, dancers Paula Castañón (Spain) and Lim Pei Ern will play with musicians Loke Xiaoyun (voice) and Chung Ping Wei (saxophone).

Admission by suggested donation RM20 (Students with id RM15). More info here.


Ray Langenbach: Gulag Archipelago Zig-Zag, at Piyadasa Gallery, University of Malaya, 3 Apr – 3o May

A three-week durational performance by artist Ray Langenbach. The performance includes a continuously changing display of films, diagrams, maps and interviews with former political prisoners about the experience of incarceration. The artist will also converse with the public in the gallery.

The artist will perform in the gallery 3-19 April 2019, with a final performance–lecture presented 19 April (Fri) 6pm.Following the performance lecture, the show will continue as a conventional exhibition.

More info here.


Dancebox Festival, at klpac, 11–14 Apr

Dancebox celebrates it’s 18th anniversary with four programmes of short dance works. Take this opportunity to get a great overview of classics the dance scene has produced (Programme A); popular dances (Programme B); a survey of dance within the community (Programme C); and the future of dance (Programme D). Do not miss this.

RM30/40 per show (RM30/20 concessions), RM120 for all shows (RM80 concessions). Full programme on FB. Tickets here.


Odissi on High (Boundless Verve & Audacity), at klpac, 10–14 Apr

This acclaimed dance collaboration returns for a second season. The show features performers from Sutra (Kuala Lumpur) and and Rukdrakshya Foundation (Bhubaneswar) under the artistic direction of their respective directors Ramli Ibrahim (Malaysia) and Guru Bichitrananda Swain (India).

Tickets begin at RM53, and gala night tickets are RM203. Each night has a different fundraising cause (listed on FB). More info and tickets here.


Otam Live, at Merdekarya, 12 Apr, 9:30pm

Funk folk singer-songwriter Otam performs in indie music venue Merdekarya. The bar opens at 9pm, live music starts at around 9:30pm with open mic performances.

Admission is RM20. More info here.


Oral Fixation feat. Yohanna Yusrinal, at Intun Nation, 11 Apr, 8pm

A monthly event of spoken word, poetry and more. The line-up includes open mic performers, and the featured act is young poet Yohanna Yusrinal.

Admission is RM20. More info here.


Izen Kong, at Alexis, 12–13 Apr, 10pm

A night of music with classically trained tenor Izen Kong, featuring interpretations of classic jazz and also tunes by likes ofFrank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Ben Platt and more.

Music charge of RM10++ per person. Dress code applies. More info here.


Sweatheart No. 6: “Plastic”, at Lit Books, 12 Apr, 8–10pm

This monthly live storytelling night features real people telling real stories for seven minutes each. This edition features ‘Plastic’ as a theme. RSVP is required. Doors open at 8pm. Show starts at 8:30pm sharp.

Admission is RM20. More info here.


Kadang Kadang Dekat Dekat Akan Datang: Phuan Thai Meng and Ise, at A+ Works of Art, 11 Apr, 7–11pm

The 5th edition of Kadang Kadang Dekat Dekat Akan Datang presents preview exhibitions showcasing existing and/or ongoing works. This exhibition features works by two artists — Phuan Thai Meng’s works that touch upon political and socioeconomic issues in Malaysia; and Ise’s 68 drawings from the intimate Till Kingdom Come series.

More info here.


The Story of Kam Agong (Screening), at RUANG, 11 Apr, 7:30–10pm

The screening of a documentary on the vital public health issue of maternal mortality in Sarawak. If you don’t know the tragic real life story of Kam Agong, or the issues related to maternal healthcare in Malaysia, do attend this screening. The filmmakers are recipients of the Freedom Film Fest grant and will be present for Q&A after the screening. Sarawakian food provided during the screening.

Admission is free. Kam Agong official website here. More info here.


Emily Burns, at Live Fact, 11 Apr, 8–11pm

Emerging artist Emily Burns (UK) brings her brand of catchy pop songs to KL in her Asia tour. Check out her latest single Damn Good Liar. She has since amassed more than 15+ million streams worldwide.

RM50 pre-sale, RM60 at the door. More info here.



The Value of Placemaking, at Badan Warisan Malaysia, 10 Apr, 12–2pm

Think City Programme Director, Lee Jia-Ping, shares their ‘Think Big Act Small’ philosophy, identifying problems of the historic core of downtown KL, rejuvenation strategies, and more.

More info here.


Forgotten Recipes and Ingredients, at University of Nottingham Chulan Tower, Apr 13, 2–4pm

The culmination of the 2019 Food Series: Forgotten and Future Foods, featuring a roundtable that examines similarities and differences in cuisines across Asia. Featuring Malaysian chefs Darren Teoh (Dewakan) and Raymond Tham (Beta).

Free sign-up here. More info here.

Note: All information is correct at the time of publication. Please confirm directly with the organisers/event websites. ArtsEquator is not responsible for any changes to the schedule of events. If you have an event you’d like us to highlight, please email events[at]artsequator.com.

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