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Brit-Melayu-pop

By Remin Noir Dewa – Laskar Cinta Aquarius Musikindo Album studio terbaru Dewa, kumpulan rock termashyur dari Indonesia, benar-benar adalah album yang lari dari bunyi Dewa yang biasa. Banyak pembaharuan yang dibenahi Ahmad Dhani sang produser dan pemain kibod dalam memperkenalkan idealisme muziknya. Laskar Cinta ini lebih kearah kekerasan rock yang diadun bersama bunyi moden […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • March 10, 2005

They’ve Theatres, We’ve Monuments

By Anne James At the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards 2003 last year, sitting next to Ghafir Akbar, a fellow nominee for the Best Solo Performer, I was preparing myself to, basically, not win. So when my name was announced, I didn’t hear it at first. I only realised it when my husband Siva turned towards […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • March 10, 2005

Eyes Wide Open

By Alfian Sa’at Sepet: to possess single eyelids, or used pejoratively, slit-eyed. The condition of being slit-eyed sometimes goes beyond its physical designations to enforce racial stereotypes. The sepet person is associated with certain personality traits: either a shifty inscrutability (you can’t read the person’s eyes), or handicapped by narrow-­mindedness (surely someone with eyes like […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 21, 2005

Tong-Tong-Chang!

By Phang Kuan Hoang A couple of cute infant Chinese Lions were brought inside the concert hall at the end of an MPO Family Fun Day series concert titled A Chinese New Year Celebration. They emerged from the exits near the stage and gradually trotted their way to the main galleria, playfully interacting with the […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 17, 2005

Polis & Negro

By Amir Muhammad Tahun 2005, tibalah masanya untuk episod ketiga daripada rentetan layar lebar Gerak Khas, yang dimulakan pada tahun 2001 dan disusuli pada 2002. Walaupun jarak antara episod kedua dan ketiga tidaklah sejauh jarak antara The Godfather Part II dan The Godfather Part III (16 tahun) namun banyak juga yang telah berlaku di persada […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 16, 2005

To Bitch or Not to Bitch

By Jit Murad In the current spirit of fulsome, if not full, disclosure I should admit to a couple of things. First is that Faridah Merican had originally cast me as Hamlet in this play but during rehearsals we had a heated disagreement over padded leotards and Gavin Yap immediately swooped in to replace me. […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 14, 2005

Royal Charmer

By Chacko Vadaketh “My daughter will only wear local Malaysian clothes, calls me ‘Bapa’ and wants to move here!” With that the tall, handsome Harry Connick, Jr. had everyone at the press conference in the palm of his hand. He certainly made an impression, arriving on time, looking comfortable and relaxed in a well worn […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 8, 2005

There’s A Kind of Hush

By Khoo Gaik Cheng Ho Yuhang’s Sanctuary, which had garnered a Special Mention at last year’s Pusan International Film Festival, distinguishes itself from mainstream cinema in many ways: minimal dialogue, slow pace and almost humdrum nature, seeming lack of suspense and seeming absence of narrative drive. ‘Seeming’ is the keyword here as it is all […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • January 27, 2005

Elastic Reality

By Sharaad Kuttan Nicely shot, simply told, Chemman Chaalai, is a must see for all those interested in the many directions that Malaysian ‘indie’ films are taking. Billed as a “Malaysian Indian Story” this movie is simple but badly paced, beautiful but lacking emotional or psychological depth. The rather po-faced protagonist’s struggle for education and […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • January 23, 2005

Si Pelarian dan Si Penderma

By Mislina Mustaffa Hannah & Hanna. Kedua-duanya remaja 16 tahun. Usia yang ingin keluar dari kepompong rutin keluarga. Usia di mana persahabatan adalah alternatif kebersamaan yang sangat penting. Dan usia yang kritikal dalam pembentukan psikologi dan sahsiah diri. Hannah dan Hanna bertemu dalam kekalutan pencarian identiti. Hanna, si pelarian Kosovo ingin mencari tempat berlindung untuk […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • January 13, 2005

Adrenalin Meluap

By Remin Noir Suasana pada petang 8 januari yang lalu di depan kelab Hard Rock Cafe terasa berbeza dari petang hari-hari yang lain. Udara petang terasa panas walau kadang keadaan bertukar redup buat satu waktu. Suasana redup yang sekadar sebentar memang memberi perlindungan yang baik buat ramai peminat yang beratur panjang di depan Hard Rock […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • January 12, 2005

Jingle All The Way

By Chan Siew Lian David Gomes & Junji Delfino – It’s Christmas Time Again Every December, a condition known as jingleitis afflicts me. It starts with a visit to the mall, and is severely exacerbated by tonally malfunctioning carollers. Symptoms include cold sweat, nausea, shortness of breath, migraine and tinnitus. It was with trepidation then […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 22, 2004

Strangled Carmen

By Pia Zain & Simon Hegarty Bizet’s music is transcendent. Once you have seen and heard Carmen, you can never forget it. It gets under your skin, haunting with the resonance of emotion. Music that hurts the soul with its purity and passion. We went to see Bizet’s Carmen, staged by the Penang Arts Council […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 22, 2004

Sing It, Mean It!

By Zedeck Siew Last weekend my chamber choir performed an enactment of The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a traditional Christian service format. We were asked, recently, if we wanted to participate in the upcoming December 25th Christmas Open House at the field opposite Amcorp Mall. A Malaysia Open House happens for six major […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 22, 2004

Saboturg

By Pang Khee Teik Again, many are shaking their heads at the dismal state of theatre this year. Nevermind the bad ticket sales, but where are the new original works? I missed Gavin Yap’s Wish I Were There and Life… Sdn Bhd 2, but managed to catch the three below, all original scripts in English […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 16, 2004

Super Tweety

By Mislina Mustaffa Sinopsis persembahan ini memang epik. Inilah cubaan saya untuk meringkasnya: Ptuih! (nama protagonis) yang rebel bertengkar dengan bapak dan dihalau keluar. Helium Si Gas Nadir, abang Ptuih! yang sedikit autisme mengikut Ptuih! hingga ke stesen transit. Ptuih! merupakan bagai Superman kepada Helium, yang sentiasa memeluk patung Tweety. Helium memujuk Ptuih! supaya tidak […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 9, 2004

The Sound of New Music

By Dr Valerie Ross Congratulations Chong Kee Yong – here’s to even greater compositional heights and more Starry Nights! One of the most compelling experiences of attending an event such as the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, International Composers Award (Nov 27, 2004, at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas), must be the privilege of hearing first-hand the actual voices […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 8, 2004

Notes from Underground

By Toni Kasim In Dramalab’s restaging of Huzir Sulaiman’s The Smell of Language and Notes on Life and Love and Painting, Zahim Albakri embodied two obnoxious characters in a way that really appealed to my tastebuds – never quite deciding whether I liked the pompous duo but never quite detesting them either. In painting life […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 3, 2004

Australia Boleh

By Zedeck Siew The cello’s left rib edge can scar one’s inner left thigh, as I found out while playing with an amateur youth orchestra. Its extendable steel spike is sometimes detachable and useful for the cellist on foot who is afraid of stray dogs. Women were once discouraged from playing the cello due to […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 2, 2004

The Political Artist

By Carmen Nge If Wong Hoy Cheong’s exhibition at the National Art Gallery had kept to its original opening date – September 2003 – his response to the sacking and arrest of Anwar and the judicial misconduct that followed would have taken on an entirely different tone. Anwar would still be in jail; it would […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 1, 2004

Cruelty to Audiences

By Pang Khee Teik The World is a Comedy for Those who Think… Instant Café Theatre Road Show Presented by Instant Café Theatre Oct 27 -28, 2004, Grand Plaza Parkroyal Fifteen years of laughter packed into one night can be tiring to the jaw. After the dinner at the hotel Ballroom was cleared away and […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • November 25, 2004

Bombs and Books

By Lucy Friedland The program for the first Ubud Writers and Readers Festival from October 11-17 seemed overly ambitious. The web site was touting Australian-Balinese healing for the first day, ‘How to Write a Novel in 20 Minutes’ for the second day, and activist strategies for Indonesia’s AIDS epidemic by Day 7. In between, the […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • November 24, 2004

Empire Writes Back

By Jerome Kugan Dear Mumsy, You wouldn’t believe some of the things I’ve seen here in the big city. KL-ites (as they’re not so fond of calling themselves) are always on the move, always crossing each other’s paths, dredging up some kind of muddy puddle – just like the city’s namesake! And I’m caught up […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • November 24, 2004

Five for Fighting

By Lim How Ngean The week-long national Malay Language theatre festival that filled the auditorium at Malaysian Tourism Centre last month to the brim has had a long history that dates back to the 70s. Organised by the then Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, the event was formerly known as Pesta Tarian dan Drama […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • November 17, 2004

Nakhoda Tergoda

By Hasmi Hashim Katakanlah, pameran Bakat Muda Sezaman, macam nyanyian merdu dewi laut itu. Kerana tidak mahu tergoda, demi cinta Penelope, Ulysses mengarahkan kelasinya, mengikat dia ke tiang agung. Nyanyian merdu dewi laut akan terus memerangkap setiap kapal yang lalu, dan kepada nakhoda yang tergoda akan lekas-lekas pula mengembangkan layar menuju ke arah suara. Akhirnya […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • November 10, 2004

Malaysian Graffiti

By Kam Raslan Questionnaires were handed out at the door. Then the lights went down, a broken air-con rattled like an old movie projector and oxygen levels gradually dipped. For the next two hours we saw slices of Malaysiana, journeys through India and Australia, views on arranged marriages, Arab ancestry in Singapore and the search […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • November 9, 2004

Public Hangings

By Yelena Gluzman Galeri Petronas Many people I have spoken to say that the Malaysian art scene is in some or all ways “lacking”, and this perceived lack interests me. I am a foreigner and, as such, I view and react to Malaysian art with the tentativeness of an outsider. But I think it is […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 15, 2004

Poetry In Motion

By Prof Dr Mohd Anis Md Nor Joseph Gonzales’s Choreography: A Malaysian Perspective is the first local publication on Choreographic discourse on Malaysian dance that is written by a Malaysian and dedicated to readers in Malaysia and abroad. It is certainly refreshing and invigorating to know that an indigenous writer who is well known in […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 6, 2004

Enema of the Suburbs

By Vanessa Surian I am tempted to meander on in a pretentious manner about things we already know about the local music scene: Lack of support, the indifference, blah blah blah. But it’s harder not to dismiss the bands as victims of their circumstance and just talk about the evening as is. It was a […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 6, 2004

The Prophet’s Descendant and The Mystery Woman

By Shanon Shah Given the level of what passes for popular discussion on literature in this country, I am all for efforts to make literature accessible to a wider, especially younger, audience. I remember the days when I had to read Arena Wati, A. Samad Said and Usman Awang for my Kertas Kefahaman Bahasa Malaysia. […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 6, 2004

You Talkin’ To Me?

By Pang Khee Teik Toh Hai Leong, a Singaporean film critic, is highly annoying, and not just because he is Singaporean. If you inadvertently acknowledge him, he will talk incessantly at you, not with you. Once, thinking he wouldn’t notice, I turned my back. He immediately ranted, “You young ones, don’t be so big shot. […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • September 29, 2004

Angry Ghosts Festival

By Kelvin K. Wong Having been disappointed by two out of three plays from The Actors Studio’s Malaysian Playwright Series, I admit to being quite sceptical about the fourth instalment. Gavin Yap, who pioneered the series with his not-that-sweet Sweet Nothing, has just staged his second play at The Actors Studio Bangsar (Sep 2 – […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • September 22, 2004

Tumpang Glamour

By Fiona Lee It was with mixed feelings of pride and nostalgia that I attended three Malaysian film screenings at the 27th Asian-American International Film Festival in New York City. From July 16 to 24, New Yorkers had the opportunity to view a sampling of works by Malaysian independent filmmakers, which were showcased alongside other […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • September 17, 2004

Homo-patriotic

By Alfian Sa’at Heard of the pink dollar? It’s the latest trans-national currency. It’s not actually pink in colour, and denominations don’t come in the form of queer three dollar bills, but the purported ability of the pink dollar to cross territorial borders makes the Euro seem like last century’s news. Some people consider the […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • September 15, 2004

Crouching Warrior, Hidden Princess

By Woo Ming Jin After months of hype and anticipation that reached the levels of a Paris Hilton video, I am finally going to watch Puteri Gunung Ledang! As an independent filmmaker, I had been enveloped with some sense of pride after hearing it had been selected to screen at the Venice International film festival, […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • September 14, 2004

Brickfields Brat

By Zedeck Siew I find Childhood Reminiscence a generally enjoyable pastime, being someone who was sniggering about sex not too long ago. Brickfields… Now & Then was surprising for the same reason: I saw 53-year-old Thor Kah Hoong hop about, flail his arms, stand on a chair, squat on the floor, put his head in […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • September 6, 2004

Koran Nyamuk

By Hasmi Hashim Katakanlah, kita akan membubuhkan nama untuk lapangan seni lukis nasional hari ini, sudah tentu ia bukan medan “Kurusetre.” Ya! Kurusetre: sebuah medan atau lapangan perang antara pasukan Pendawa lawan Kurawa, dalam puncak kisah Mahabrata – penuh tipu muslihat, kemahiran guna senjata, sebuah tragedi, busur yang melepaskan anak panah, akan hujung kisah cinta…  […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • September 3, 2004

Theatre of Experimental Sermons

By Toni Kasim In case you were wondering … demi Zaitun… is neither about olives nor a woman called Zaitun. Written and directed by Sasterawan Negara Noordin Hassan, the play derives its title from a Qur’anic verse – incidentally named The Fig – which begins: “By the Fig and the Olive… “. The sermonic thrust […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • August 21, 2004

Disco at the End of the World

By Pang Khee Teik Primal Jam Everybody was rushing to the Iban longhouse. It’s not the real thing, but a mock-up version here at the Sarawak Cultural Village. The audience who were already seated for the previous session, led by the Doghouse Skiffle group, remained fixed to the bamboo floor. Fanning ourselves in vain attempts […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • August 8, 2004

Emotional Therapy Airwaves

By Chan Siew Lian If only for one night, life’s problems could disappear: creaky knees, credit card bills, demented, PMS-ing partners. If only for one moment, music could be the elixir for all the soul’s insatiable yearnings. For the lucky few who caught Double Take at Alexis Ampang recently, it seems the impossible wasn’t too […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • August 4, 2004

Dari Kamar Cinta ke Medan Perang

By Khalid Jaafar Nah, akhirnya kita menyaksikan Troy dengan Brad Pitt sebagai Achilles. Puas hati? Saya mendengar ada yang mengatakan boleh tahan, tetapi ada juga yang terus terang kecewa. Kepuasan sebenarnya tidak mungkin dicapai dalam filem. Saya katakan mustahil. Ujiannya mudah. Mahukah anda melihat Troy sebanyak dua kali? Mungkin. Tetapi kali kedua, ketiga dan keempat? […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • June 25, 2004

Responsible Filmmaking 101

By Toni Kasim For over a decade, Pusat KOMAS (Komuniti Masyarakat), a non-governmental organisation producing social documentaries, has been training and empowering marginalised groups to do their own documenting. Sometimes they go so far as to lend video cameras to orang aslis, urban poors, or squatters who get evicted and forced into uninhabitable longhouses, to […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • May 26, 2004

One Beat

By Sunetra Fernando Petronas Performing Arts Group’s latest offering, Satu Rentak, was performed on April 28 and 29, 2004, at the Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS, directed by Mohd. Yazid Zakaria, winner of the best composition award at the Cameronian Arts Award 2002. Satu Rentak represents a first for PPAG in its concert-hall style staging of musical […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • May 19, 2004

Devil In a Kebaya

By Zan Azlee U-Wei has always made daring films that force spoon-fed Malaysian audience to think. Which is always a risk; although his films are critically acclaimed (his 1995 Kaki Bakar remains the only Malaysian film to have been screened at the Cannes Film Festival), none have ever been box-office successes. This ‘failure’ to make […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • May 13, 2004

We’re In Heaven

By Sonia Randhawa Pete Teo’s Songwriters Round has entered a new phase, coming back from the despair of no-No Black Tie to the latest KL venue, Alexis on Jalan Ampang. The last weekend saw two rounds, Friday and Saturday. Friday we had Mia Palencia (replacing Rafique Rashid), Aki, Shelley Leong, and Zahid from Disagree; Saturday […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • May 12, 2004

Girls’ Night Out

By Yap Sui Lin It is raining torrentially. We – my eagerly-awaiting-Irish-dancing-of-any-kind aunt, my game-for-everything mom and I – are caught in the typical bumper-to-bumper scenario. Can we make it? It seems bleak. Perhaps our burning desire to see ‘Dance of Desire’ at Genting moved the weather gods to stop the rain at last. As […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • May 6, 2004

White Man’s Burden

By Kam Raslan It could be said that Sir Frank Swettenham invented Kuala Lumpur. It was he who turned the combustible wooden town into brick with streets and clean water. With his imperial energy, vanity and colossal arrogance he gave order to the streets that we know today in the old part of KL. He […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • May 6, 2004

Indy Rock Darlings

By Sonia Randhawa My heart sank when I walked into Paul’s Place and I heard the not-too-delicate strains of the Beatles’ Twist and Shout’. My last experience with a Beatles cover at Paul’s Place hadn’t ended well. The band was Triple 6 Poser, and the cover was good, but it wasn’t until they started on […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • April 8, 2004

Pendekar Bujang Gemuk

By Nizam Zakaria Seorang sutradara yang saya kenali, Yasmin Ahmad (alah, Yasmin yang buat iklan Petronas dan filem Rabun yang kena potong bagai nak rak kat TV3 tu ler!) telah menghantar SMS kepada saya sejurus selepas beliau selesai menonton tayangan perdana filem Buli. Min memberitahu kepada saya dengan bersungguh-sungguh bahawa inilah filem Bahasa Malaysia paling […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • March 25, 2004

Malaysia Tacky Asia

By Antares With another general election around the corner, it was inevitable that the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism would seize the opportunity to present a glorious feel-good concert showcasing a veritable ethnomusicological rainbow – emblematic of a harmonious and prosperous national destiny. As to be expected, when a public relations agenda takes precedence […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • March 16, 2004

Island Fever

By Jerome Kugan You know what? I’m sick of reviewing. So, instead of a review, I’ve decided to write eight poems, each inspired by watching the eight short plays that made up Alfian Sa’at’s latest offering, Landmarks: Asian Boys Vol.2 (directed by Ivan Heng for W!ld Rice) which recently ended its sold out premiere run […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 25, 2004

Wildfire and Teargas

By Shanon Shah There was a moment during Rhythm in Bronze: Wujud Antara that struck lightning through history. It was when the shigu drums in the instrumental piece written by Tan Sooi Beng broke into an explosion of thunderstorms and cracks. The piece entitled ‘Perubahan’, the audience was told, was written in 1999, in the […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 25, 2004

Xenophobia, Necrophilia and Nostalgia

By Pang Khee Teik Marriage of Inconvenience: Playing Doctor It is always amusing when a country decides that its special brand of multi-racial harmony is only special for its own races. Malaysians, muhibbah as we are, tend to stop at the gates of globalisation and cast our collective disapproval on migrant workers. We blame them […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 19, 2004

Thespians Anonymous

By Antares What happens when you pick 12 actors with varying degrees of experience and skill, put them on stage, and let them take turns telling personal stories and airing their private feelings about being Malaysian? I imagine it would be a colourful but chaotic hotchpotch. But what if you videotaped more than 200 hours […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 11, 2004

Isteri Bekerja Punca Perceraian

By Uthaya Sankar SB “Iruvar akan mengajak kita berfikir.” Kata-kata itu sudah cukup untuk membuatkan saya berminat menonton drama pentas (teater?) berkenaan di lstana Budaya, Jalan Tun Razak pada 7 Februari 2004. Kebetulan, persembahan pada hari berkenaan adalah dalam Bahasa Tamil. Maka, saya berpeluang menonton drama pentas Tamil dalam Bahasa Tamil. Harapan yang saya letakkan pada […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 11, 2004

Follow The Cute Young Punks

By Sonia Randhawa Where to begin with Urbanscapes? Even before reaching the venue, a vibe could be felt from within KL Sentral station. An unusual number of cute young punks. Lots of guitars, lots of black. And a wall of music, emanating from God-only-knows where. Follow the cute young punks, crossing two thankfully deserted roads, […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 6, 2004

Kemunculan Kembali Seorang Diva

By Nizam Zakaria Malaysia Theatre Awards: Waterworks Tatkala saya pergi untuk mendapatkan tiket untuk menonton pementasan Dejavu, saya dapati tiket hampir habis. Keadaan dalam teater hampir penuh. Tatkala pementasan ingin dimulakan, masih terdapat beberapa penonton yang dibiarkan masuk dan duduk di atas lantai. Jarang benar rasanya saya melihat sebuah pementasan yang mendapat sambutan begitu hangat […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 6, 2004

Teachers, Mothers & Sugar Daddies

By Pang Khee Teik Malaysia Theatre Awards: Waterworks If you think the Chinese-language theatre in Malaysia is a tad melodramatic, you should have seen their awards show last Saturday Jan 31 at Matic. It seems that we cry at just about anything, whether suffering or celebrating or sitting down absolutely unprovoked. Leading the waterworks was […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 6, 2004

Bye Bye No Black Tie, Hello Paul

By Sonia Randhawa Paul’s Place is a dive. As you go in, a multi-coloured sign announces the place. It sits above a doorway half-framed by a flashing-red­light-snake-thing that keeps tempo in a different continuum from our own. You climb a dingy red-lit staircase through a heavy metal door. It looks like the entrance to a […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • January 28, 2004

Punggung Saya Macam Mana?

By Zedeck Siew The restaging of Bidin Subari’s Anak Kerbau Mati Emak is quite aesthetically pleasing. Even unlit, the kampong house designed by lrwan lsmadi Shahrim and Razali ltam looks great (with crawlspace among the stilts, a creative third exit for the children in the cast), and, as the lights come on, does not disappoint; […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • January 21, 2004

The Contest Winner’s Date

By B.C. Ng It was a Monday afternoon that I received a call from Kakiseni, notifying me that I was tentatively the winner of the New Year’s Eve dinner for two at Alexis Ampang. They would give it to someone else if I were unable to make it. I rushed a call to the boyfriend […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • January 15, 2004

Bisikan Lantang

By Nizam Zakaria Bisik merupakan sebuah antologi drama Melayu Singapura oleh tiga penulis mudanya yang berbakat: Aidli ‘Alin’ Mosbit, Alfian bin Sa’at dan Noor Effendy Ibrahim. Banyak kali saya diberitahu oleh beberapa orang rakan-rakan terdekat (dari Malaysia) bahawa sasterawan dan karyawan Melayu yang besar bertaraf dunia akan muncul dari Singapura. Mereka berkata beglni kerana menurut […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • January 14, 2004

Chennai Jam

By Charlene Rajendran In its sixth year of festive celebration, last year’s programme at The Park’s The Other Festival in Chennai, India, included works from Taiwan, the USA, France, and different parts of India. Connecting with the tail end of the week-long schedule of events at this festival last December, I caught two performances from […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • January 14, 2004

Forces to be Reckoned With

By Anne James I consider the Second MyDance Festival as one of the highlights for dance in the year 2003. It showcased 23 dance pieces from all over Malaysia over 3 nights; warts and all. It checks the “temperature” of dance in Malaysia. Any choreographer or dancer worth his/her salt would not want to miss […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • January 7, 2004

Mercilessly Mundane

By Antares In recent years, young filmmakers like Osman Ali, James Lee, Amir Muhammad, and a host of graduates from the Multimedia University and other institutions, have realized a long-held dream of many a Malaysian youth – to make their own movies on their own terms for a whole new audience, local as well as […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • January 7, 2004

Not Another Gay Tragedy

By Mark Augustine A familiar story in the genre of gay fiction: wholesome, studious, clean-cut good-boy (sigh, gush, swoon) meets wry-smiling, over-sexed, truant bad-boy… who smokes! (gasp, oh no!) What ensues is an adolescent tale of adolescent tail and the forbidden love these two boys share but don’t know it yet, and WON’T know for […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • January 5, 2004

In The Year of The Flood

By Pang Khee Teik After the Cameronian Arts Awards, I thought there might be an outpouring of original scripts. But it wasn’t so. There was quite a number of restaging, notably: Jit Murad’s Visits and Spilt Gravy on Rice by Dramalab, The 2nd First Annual Bolehwood Awards 2003: Directors Cut by the Instant Café Theatre, Huzir […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 31, 2003

The RM1.2 Million Opera

By Elaine Tan Let’s face it, how many of us really know opera? If you’re honest, not that many, but we’ve all heard of Puccini and Turandot on three counts. Firstly, old Pooch was sort of an Andrew Lloyd Webber of his time (Jeremy Silver, the conductor I interviewed, was horrified at this suggestion, but […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 31, 2003

Krishen’s Durian

By Fahmi Fadzil I once read somewhere that a writer, over the course of his lifetime, is really writing just one piece of text. Therefore, for an editor trying to compile a selection of the writer’s works such that it represents his entire oeuvre as well as the writer’s personal journey of growth, the task […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 30, 2003

Where’s the Jazz??

By Jerome Kugan The late jazz trumpeter Miles Davis said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. Indeed, music (or any art form for that matter) continues to elude even its wittiest commentators. Even those who write music can only speak credibly of the experience of composing (or playing) music, while the music […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 24, 2003

Communal Menses

By Alfian Sa’at It would be parochial to insist that Singaporean theatre companies only produce plays by indigenous playwrights, but one cannot deny that there are stricter expectations exerted by a local audience sensitive to post-colonial nuances. Globalisation’s double-edged sword: offering greater access to material texts from other countries and yet at the same time, […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 24, 2003

To Kill a Lelaki Lembut

By Nizam Zakaria The riskiest gimmick in the Malay theater scene for 2003? There’s really no contest. Especially when the Lelaki Lembut (effeminate men) phenomenon is a much debated and talked about issue in Malaysia recently. Jangan Bunuh Sam (Don’t Kill Sam) is a play written by Zakaria Ariffin, directed by Nam Ron, and performed […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 24, 2003

The Silent Majority

By Zedeck Siew Like half of KL, I have the flu. At seven o’clock on Projek Suitcase 2003’s opening night, mucus blocked up my ears. This is inconvenient, but one side cleared up during intermission with a cup of coffee. Just in time for the shrieks of a bespectacled man with a blowpipe in Faisal […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 19, 2003

Kepelbagaian Dunia Melayu

By Nizam Zakaria Minggu lepas adalah minggu yang agak sibuk dengan adanya persembahan empat buah monolog di Stor Teater, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. Projek Suitcase 2003 dianjurkan oleh Pustaka Cipta yang mempersembahkan sebuah pesta monolog oleh Teater Ekamatra. Dalam Projek Suitcase 2003, karya-karya oleh penulis-penulis drama yang dianggap tersohor di kalangan generasi muda dari Malaysia […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 19, 2003

A Whole World Behind The Everyday Meaning

By Elaine Tan Puccini’s epic opera about the beautiful but cold-hearted Chinese princess Turandot who plays violent head games (literally) with potential suitors begins in Penang this weekend. Sponsored entirely by Texchem as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations, it has been steadily exceeding the initial budget of RM600,000. It has reportedly touched the RM1 […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 15, 2003

Lyrical, Topical, Moving Asian Theatre

By Antares As a cross-cultural project for “ASEAN-Japan Exchange Year 2003” it was decided that a young Singaporean playwright-director named Goh Boon Teck – chief artistic director of Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble – be commissioned to conjure up a dramatic work incorporating diverse talents from six countries, which would then embark on a 6-nation tour. […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 12, 2003

The Different Colours of Asia

By Jeannie Cotter It is the sea which unites different continents of the world. Inside, that sea, lived a mermaid. Hence, the birth of PRISM. PRISM, the brainchild of Yamasaki Yasuaki, was conceived based on an ancient landmark in Hong Kong and also on the idea of linking different ASEAN countries together on a theatrical […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 3, 2003

Weird Isn’t Always Wonderful

By Antares Call me an old stick-in-the-mud, but I’m one of those diehard conservatives who generally hopes to gain some pleasure, joy, insight, epiphany, revelation, or even simple amusement from an evening at the theatre. All I gleaned from A Cherry Bludgeoned, A Spirit Crushed was that the Chinese avant-garde has hit the big time […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 3, 2003

Wild Rice Celebrates an Orwellian Centennial

By Antares “In the world of Animal Farm, most speechifying and public palaver is bullshit and instigated lying, and though many characters are good-hearted and mean well, they can be frightened into closing their eyes to what’s really going on.” – Margaret Atwood It’d been ages since I last read Animal Farm, undoubtedly one of […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • November 27, 2003

Birds of a Feather

By Antares Fancy Poultry is what they call themselves – four very yummy chicks and a couple of not-too-macho guys with delicious voices and a burning desire to entertain. Their debut at the Actors Studio was a one-night stand with a cutesy rhyming name: Strings and Tones from Multiple Zones. The evening’s fare: a couple […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • November 20, 2003

Kedurjanaan Politik dan Perjuangan

By Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad Cerita dari Blora mungkin tak sehebat atau sepopular siri Bumi Manusia atau otobiografinya, Nyanyian Seorang Bisu. Tetapi ketajaman pemikiran Pramoedya Ananta Toer, keindahan liang-liuk bahasanya dan kehebatan imaginasinya tergambar sudah dalam antologi cerpen ini, yang diterbitkan sewaktu Pram masih muda – pada tahun 1952. Bukan sahaja Pram yang muda pada […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • November 12, 2003

Shakespeare, Inc

By Antares John Bell is arguably one of the world’s most accomplished Shakespearean actors without a knighthood – a likely successor to late luminaries like Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir John Gielgud. Local theatre-lovers had the rare opportunity to watch an old master at work when the Bell Shakespeare Company recently presented All The World’s […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • November 12, 2003

Perlukah Terseksa?

By Adam Tuan Mukriz Stor Teater DBP malam itu agak padat dengan personaliti-personaliti tanahair yang mungkin tidak mahu melepaskan peluang menonton persembahan teater yang diterbitkan oleh Sekutu Teater-lndi Melayu yang diasaskan pada Mei 2003 oleh Melissa Saila dan Adlin Aman Ramlie. Jika ditinjau dari segi publisiti, DBP sudah mula bijak mengatur strategi dan memancing pengunjung-pengunjung […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • November 5, 2003

Fundamentally Floored

By Matt Daniels Every once in a while an artist comes in from the fringes to shake things up and challenge the preconceptions we have all become comfortable with. Jason Lo did it admirably with Evening News, introducing big budget production values and songwriting to a rather apathetic music scene. However, since then the local […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • November 4, 2003

Siddharta: Satu Pengalaman Yang Mengasyikkan

By Nizam Zakaria Terlebih dahulu, sebelum meneruskan ulasan drama tari Siddhartha ini, saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih yang tidak terhingga kepada Jenny, Editor Kakiseni.com yang telah menguruskan jemputan terhadap wakil Kakiseni.com. ke pertunjukan perdana ‘Siddhartha’. Saya rasa begitu beruntung, kerana berkesempatan menonton satu persembahan yang baik dan mampu menyentuh perasaan. Siddhartha pada asalnya merupakan sebuah […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 16, 2003

A Truly Asian Siddharta

By Nizam Zakaria I’d got myself free tickets to Linkin Park’s concert and had the choice between that or attending the gala premiere of Siddharta, a dance-drama piece by Teater Cahaya, based upon a novel by the same name written by Nobel prize-winning (1946) German author Hermann Hesse. I chose the latter – even though […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 16, 2003

Usaha Para Sekutu

By MR Al-Mustaqeem Ex-Siasah Editor, MR Al-Mustaqeem joins Kakiseni’s stable of roving writers with an article which has the scoop on a new Black Box theatre venue, a new theatre company featuring some of the hottest, and most talented theatre folk in KL and a spanking new play “Saksi” written by an ensemble which includes Uwei […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 10, 2003

Melihat Kerenah Budaya Korporat

By Nizam Zakaria Kali terakhir saya menonton sebuah persembahan teater dwi-bahasa di The Actors Studio, Bangsar adalah persembahan teater Causeway hasil tulisan Alfian Sa’at dari Singapura, seorang penulis yang amat-amat saya kagumi. Semalam, saya telah berpeluang pula untuk menyaksikan pratonton teater Harakiri, hasil tulisan Dina Zaman, juga seorang penulis yang amat-amat saya hormati. Tatkala menonton […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 10, 2003

Look Out, Here Comes Another Rave!

By Antares How much does a minister get paid? RM9,000 a month? RM15,000? Okay, let’s say RM12,000. How much in kickbacks? Hmmm. Well, I’d be willing to take on a ministerial post for a year or so, just so I can make sure the Gamelan Club gets it own gamelan, instead of having to rent […]

  • Myrddin Emrys
    Myrddin Emrys
  • September 17, 2002

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. […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • July 30, 2002

Barbie Turns 40, Reinvents Herself

By Antares She was called “Barbie Doll” as a kid. But Barbara grew up and became the archetypal all-American golden girl, a regular Sandra Dee, without a clue about life. She gets negatively imprinted by a jerk named Dennis, with whom she maintains an abusive 8-year relationship. Then she falls for Daniel and ends up […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 25, 2002

Haunted Theatre: Not Happy Together

By Pang Khee Teik It is supposed to be a scene of bittersweet romance. Two female Chinese Opera performers, Mei (played by Li Yan) and Nan (Lee Pei) lie together on a bench under a hanging paper umbrella. As Mei moves to the chair to get ready to leave, Nan kneels down and helps her […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 22, 2001

Smorgasbord: A-Z of Spinning Gasing (Rampai Sari: “Spinning Gasing” dari A ke Z)

By Amir Muhammad Klik di sini untuk versi Bahasa Malaysia yang diterjemahkan oleh Abd. Latiff Bidin. A is for ARIFF. A campy Malay character played by Edwin Sumun, which explains why the campiness is more convincing than the Malayness. I kept waiting for him to come out with the revelation that he was an adopted […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 17, 2001

Holy Pap! Burlesque Nuns!

By Antares There’s a website where you can answer a few questions and determine precisely what your belief system is. I got 100% for Unitarian Universalism, 98% for Neo­Paganism, and only 8% for Roman Catholicism. Gardner and Wife Productions claim they debated the theological correctness of NUNSENSE with prominent Catholics before deciding to Malaysianize and […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • August 28, 2001

FERTILE GROUND – Antares undergoes MenAPause

By Antares Allan Perera and Indi Nadarajah discovered each other through the legendary Instant Café Theatre, of which both were early members. The mirth-provoking chemistry between them is reminiscent of classic comedy double acts like Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, Belushi and Akroyd, Cheech and Chong. What’s more, both happen to also be accomplished […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • August 2, 2001

Theatre of the ARTiculate

By Antares “Many people confuse information and meaning, which leads to a rather disturbing paradox: Our society has come to place an enormous value on information even though information itself can tell us nothing about value.” – Erik Davis in Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information (1998) Yasmina Reza is an […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • June 28, 2001