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Fusion of Passion

September 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm

This year’s Malaysia Day was celebrated on a grand scale, unlike the years before. Various activities were held by many organisations, including state and the federal governments, as well as other entities, all united in the celebration of the country that we live in. Chief among the celebrations was MASiF 2011 – the Music, Arts, Style, International Festival – at Suria KLCC. Among the highlights of the festival was an art exhibition at Galeri Petronas which has recently come to a close entitled Fusion of Passion.

Fusion of Passion

Chin Wan Kee – Beyond Mind and Words Series No 29

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Tew Nai Tong – Happy Life

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Clement Ooi Kit Meng – Together

So for those of you who were not in Kuala Lumpur during this year’s Malaysia Day and missed out on the exhibition, here is what Fusion of Passion was all about. The exhibition is a tribute to the diversity of the country and to show how differences can be celebrated and not feared. The exhibition strove to gather a number of artists and artwork assembled within one gallery to symbolise the fusion of various passions, and the diversity of artistic passion was shown in the depth of the works of fine art, sculpture, photography and illustration. Both established masters and emerging artists were given equal opportunity to showcase their work, so that the audience would better appreciate the true worth of the country.

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Izzati Shahrin – Dua Tiga Kucing Berlari, Mana Nak Sama Tikus Seorang

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Amiruddin Ariffin – Cosmic Symphony Series III

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Carlyn Chua Yuin Lim – Deafening Lights

The diversity of art in the exhibition acted as a reflection of what it means to be Malaysian, the respect and pride, and our own interpretation of what makes us Malaysians. Each work of art in the exhibition is an expression of the artist’s feelings and views towards Malaysia. This is interesting as it mirrors our perception about fellow Malaysians, as there will be times when we disagree with the artist’s vision, but there will definitely be times when we share and emphatise with what we see. The exhibition strives to use art to bring an understanding in ourselves about the society we live in, and the people we share this country with.

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Cindy Koh – Symbiosis III

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Jasmine Kok – Silver Bloom

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Rasid Yusof – Malaysian Interior 2

And although there is a deeper meaning in this exhibition, the many different pieces that make up this collection come together to create a harmonious and pleasant experience even for those of us who feel we do not understand art.

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FUSED at The Actors Studio

September 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

The Actors’ Studio ends the month of September with FUSED, an experimental performing arts series. FUSED will run from 29th September till 2nd October, and each night will offer something different in terms of artists, ideas and performances.

Here is what’s lined up for this edition of FUSED:

29 September – BACA: Rehearsed Reading
Is reading just reading? You’ll discover there’s more to the spoken word at this little experiment. A rehearsed reading series focused on local plays that have yet been staged, baca serves as a platform for playwrights to showcase their scripts, as well as a sneak peek to theatre for the public. baca, ‘where we make scripts come alive’, is one of the projects helmed by The Actors Studio’s Actor in-Residence, Inessa Irdayanty.

Baca: 2 by 3
1. Apple Mint Jelly on Burnt Toast by Adeline Ong
2. Pabila Bulan Mengambang by Adeline Ong
3. Either/Or by Joshua Chong
4. Pastikan Lorong Anda by Joshua Chong
5. One for the Road by Nandang Abdul Rahman
6. Sudah Makan? by Nandang Abdul Rahman

FUSED at The Actors Studio

BACA – Rehearsed Readings at The Actors Studio

30 September – Strumming to a different beat: The Electronic Issue

Electric is in, at least on 30th September when guitarists all swap their acoustic guitars for electric. Be ready for some interesting sounds as the riffs of electric guitars merge with more familiar sounds of the keyboard, trumpet and saxophone.

Kuning Sudar (Tears for Alaska), Phang, Tan Hwang (Citizens of Ice Cream), Brendan Angelo (Tic), Fadil (The Great Metropolitan Expressway) Fairus (Blur) on visuals

1 October – MyDance Alliance presents Dancebox

Dancebox offers a combined package of experimental dance to the audience at The Actors’ Studio this October. This time around, the box is set to offer something more informal yet entertaining, while retaining its own unique identity from previous offerings of bellydancing, ballet, Latin and butoh. Let’s open this box and find out what’s in store this October!

2 October – We Are Malaysian Made Movies

It’s movie time with a slight twist this 2nd October with WAMM screenings. Known for screening stuff that never ends up on local TV or the cinema, and with a penchant of getting news about things that slip through local publications, WAMM will screen two short films this time around.

“Love and Luksaah” by Mei (A Malaysian in New Zealand)
A finalist for Best Short Film in the Asian 1st Films Festival 2009 in Singapore, this is a tale about two men, a girl, and laksa, lots of it.

“Damaged Kung Fu” by Juliane Block (A German who makes films in Malaysia) *Debut Screening
The film will debut at the Actors’ Studio and offer the audience an action comedy parody tribute to days of Bruce Lee.

Oh yes, that’s not all for the night, as WAMM will also feature a local band with a very interesting name, Once Upon A Time There Was A Sausage Named Bob. Formed on 25th November 2009, the band’s line up includes female vocalist Esty Richards, Jared Lee and his brother Lee Wei Chen on guitar and bass respectively, followed by Anthony Lee on lead guitar and JC Lam on drums.

All performances begin at 8:30 pm and takes place at The Actors’ Studio @ Lot10. Entry is by donation of a minimum of RM10.

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Kota Lukut

“Firstly, there are two glaring mistakes in the article on Kuala Lukut.

1) Raja Busu and his family were obviously NOT killed in 1934 – it was in September 1834. And it was not a clash with local Chinese secret society members. His home was attacked and burned by about 300-400 ordinary Chinese miners who were angry that he had raised the tin levy to 10 per cent.

2) Raja Jumaat did NOT build this fort a little after his arrival in Lukut. Raja Jumaat actually arrived in Lukut in 1836, but it was only in 1846 when he was officially appointed as the Sultan’s representative there, and the fort was built soon after that.

Finally, you might like to note that there is a Museum Complex near the fort with many exhibits and displays about the area. Of all the museums I have visited in Malaysia, the staff here were absolutely the most friendly, the most helpful and the most knowledgeable museum staff I have met. Well done to them!”  
by Sabri Zain

“”Walaupun ia kini tinggal hanyalah sebuah kawasan lapang bersama kesan-kesan kegemilangan silamnya sahaja, pada pendapat saya, itu tidak mengapa. Kita hanya mahu menunjuk dan mempamirkan tempat2 dan kazanah2 serta bahan2 serta tempat2 bersejarah, kapada generasi2 baru, supaya mereka tahu “The History Of Malaya.””  
by makcikjamilah

“ok la”  
by nazli

“Walaupun dulu ia merupakan kawasan perlombongan yang utama di negara ini, namun apa yang tinggal kini hanyalah sebuah kawasan lapang bersama kesan-kesan kegemilangan silamnya. “  
by Boys r me

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The Secret Life of Nora

September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Istana Budaya’s play for October begins early, starting on on the 29th of September 2011. The play, entitled The Secret Life of Nora, offers an interesting premise and combines various iconic elements of the Malaysian 60s, including the cabaret theatre, outlandish 60s outfits and attitudes, and the unique Malaysian mix of east and west popularised by Malaysian icons such as P Ramlee and Saloma. The play also adds a dash of international intrigue, and manages to marry together a current social issue with the tried and tested female fatale spy concept to produce what promises to be a colourful and entertaining musical spectacle.

The Secret Life of NORA

The Secret Life of NORA

The play is set in the colourful era of the 60s and focuses on the life of a young woman named Nora. The young woman soon discovers there is much more to life than what glitters, and is thrown into a web of illegal activities, an unfortunate legacy of her deceased father, which leads her to strike a bargain with Interpol to become a spy for the agency to save herself and her theatre.

Being a rich and spoilt dancer, Nora of course knows nothing about spying and her training at the hands of Ashok, Interpol’s best spy, sets the scene for some of the play’s most memorable moments. Will sparks fly between these two total opposites? Of course they will. But how will everything turn out for Nora? Find out this October at Istana Budaya.

For more information, please visit the Istana Budaya’s official website.

Photo (c) Enfiniti Productions

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