The Hitmen Chronicles

By Cheryl Lim Last seen as the demure Cecily Cardew in The Actors Studio’s all-male production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Gavin Yap is back on stage — this time as one of the lead characters in his very own play, the deceptively titled, Sweet Nothing. Kakiseni got a chance to chat […]

ICT Rocks 12SI

By Antares The cavernous dance club, Atmosphere at 12SI, was SRO for ICT’s latest outing 23-24 July. It would appear that political satire is catching on beyond theatre and corporate dinner circles. With special guest star Afdlin Shauki on the bill, along with resident hostess-with-the-mostest Joanne Kam Po Po, and an impromptu contribution from a […]

Ah, Sweet Nostalgia!

By Antares Some things you never forget. Like learning to French-kiss and finding yourself on Cloud Nine with a sore tongue and simply adoring the sensation. At 15 I was in the habit of “borrowing” my dad’s car and going to parties where some of the couples danced joined at the loins through the night. […]

PRATONTON: Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!

By Faisal Tehrani Merdeka dan UMNO… begitulah dua tema teater Melayu kebelakangan ini. Anugerah telah dipentaskan sekali lagi pertengahan Julai lalu dengan adaptasi novel Zaharah Nawawi ke pentas. Kini giliran lstana Budaya mementaskan produksi Melayunya setelah sarat dengan pementasan muzikal dan luar negara. Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! bakal dipentaskan mulai 18 Ogos hingga 6 September nanti […]

A Foretaste Of Heavenly Rapture

By Antares Three days have elapsed since RWMF 2002 ended at the Sarawak Cultural Village, under the benign gaze of Mount Santubong. I’m still euphoric from the glorious feelings of ecstatic harmony and dynamic optimism generated by some truly brilliant and lovable musicians (and dancers) from all over the earth. No, it wasn’t the delicious […]

KERTAS KAJANG: Kudisnya Bahasa!

By Dhojee Ada suatu macam propaganda jahat yang sedang disebarkan tentang angkatan pejuang bahasa dan pendidikan seluruh negara. la semakin kencang dengan hangatnya isu bahasa menjelang pilihan raya kecil di Pendang dan Anak Bukit. Propaganda jahat ini dimulakan dengan bisikan-bisikan ‘nasionalis’, semakin lama semakin hebat, hinggakan label-label yang begitu mengkudiskan seperti ‘sempit fikiran’, ‘ekstremis bahasa’ […]

Enter The Yangqin

By Jess C. There are few musicians in Malaysia who are professionally trained in Chinese instruments and Don Tew Tiong Ley is one of them. Orchestra conductor, music director, vocalist and yangqin soloist all rolled into one, Tew currently has his heart and mind set on the yangqin or dulcimer. Among the better-known Chinese instruments […]

Meng’Ukir’ Budi Melayu

By Prof. Madya Dr. Siti Zainon Ismail Meng’Ukir’ Budi Melayu by Prof. Madya Dr. Siti Zainon Ismail Kertas kerja yang disediakan untuk Seminar Akal Budi Melayu anjuran Pusat Pengajian Bahasa Kesusasteraan dan Kebudayaan Melayu, Fakulti Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan, UKM pada 25 Jun 2002 SINOPSIS KENAPA ukiran menjadi perhatian? Di sinilah titik tolak bagi mencari jawapan […]

Cerpen: Kayu Bersurat

By Prof. Madya Dr. Siti Zainon Ismail “Tiap-tiap sesuatu akan binasa melainkan ZatNya. BagiNyalah kuasa memutuskan segala hukum. KepadaNyalah kamu semua akan dikembalikan.” (AI-Quran, XXV111, 88) “KAYU BERSURAT?” “Hem, yaa… kayu bersurat!” “Bukan batu bersurat?” Prof. Mike Houtman memang hampir tidak percaya apabila Dr. Aqran bercakap tentang kayu bersurat, bukan batu bersurat. Ah, dia sudah […]

Ukiran Budi Siti Zainon Ismail

By Nur Hanim Mohamed Khairuddin Profesor Madya Dr. Siti Zainon Ismail: satu nama yang tidak asing lagi di dalam dunia sastera, seni dan budaya tanahair. Dilahirkan di Gombak pada tahun 1949, Siti Zainon mendapat ijazah Sarjana Seni Rupa menerusi Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia di Jogjakarta pada tahun 1973. Pada tahun 1974 hingga 1976, beliau bekerja […]

Pra-Tonton: Cinta Sang Arnab

By Faisal Tehrani Di Lembah Kelang, barisan pelajar yang cemerlang mementaskan pementasan saban bulan saban tahun tentulah pelajar-pelajar dari Akademi Seni Kebangsaan malah dasar mereka juga adalah praktikal itu sendiri daripada teoretikal di dalam kelas. Namun ada beberapa kebangkitan yang positif tidak disedari datangnya dari Universiti Malaya (sejak makin ramai graduan ASK melanjutkan pelajaran di […]

From Taiwan With Love

By Antares Fay Theatre is a new generation of Malaysian-born Chinese, educated in Taiwan, and exposed to European cultural influences. Which may explain the new generation names sported by Eva Heng (producer/director), Yves Yap (actor/co-producer), and Zoe Au (executive producer). For its maiden venture in KL, Fay Theatre opted for a postmodernist collage of images […]

Voicing Difference

By Kathy Rowland Kathy Rowland takes a look at language and the arts A year after Independence from the British, the newly re-elected Chairman of the Malayan Arts Theatre Group, David Lyttle, announced a change to the MATG Constitution allowing it to stage plays in languages other than English. Claiming the authority of his Malay […]

E-interview with Fay Theatre

By Jenny Daneels / Zoe Au A new Chinese company was created this year – Fay Theatre. It is presenting a new play this weekend. Kakiseni e-mailed a few questions that were answered by Eva Heng, the administrative director of the company, and the director of their play Funeral for a Stranger (translation by Zoe Au): […]

When Tedium Becomes The Medium

By Antares “Ars longa, vita brevis,” some say (art lasts, life is brief) and having said so, summarily disappear up their own ars. After sitting patiently through Stadium, I found myself mulling over the pros and cons of being a theatre reviewer. Okay, so I get comps to see shows I otherwise couldn’t afford. Producers […]

Oh Behave!

By Cheryl Lim Thomas Wesley Douglas and his troupe of five silky-voiced performers really got the joint jumpin’ last Thursday night, judging from the number of bopping heads and tapping feet in the audience. Watching Gardner & Wife’s latest offering, Fats Waller’s multiple award-winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, was akin to taking a journey back in time […]