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Published: Friday April 18, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 18, 2014 MYT 9:12:41 AM

Celebrating the unsung heroes of performing arts

Winners of the 11th Boh Cameronian Arts Technical Arts Awards.

Tuesday afternoon isn’t exactly a glamorous day or time to be handing out awards. But local artists seemed unfazed as they arrived at Wondermama in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur for the 11th Boh Cameronian Arts Technical Arts Awards ceremony.

The Technical Arts Awards ceremony is part of the Boh Cameronian Arts Technical Awards, an annual event organised by online arts magazine Kakiseni to honour the best dance, music, musical theatre and theatre performances from the previous year. 

The Technical Arts Awards was introduced in 2012 to recognise unsung heroes who have worked tirelessly behind the production scenes or scripts. Present at the event was National Department for Culture and Arts director-general Datuk Norliza Rofli.

At the ceremony, seven awards were handed out for outstanding achievements in light, set, sound as well as costume, styling and make-up in the dance, theatre and musical categories. Each winner walked away with an award and RM1,000. 

The biggest winner was Terence Conrad of TerryandTheCuz who clinched two awards – Best Lightning Design and Best Set Design for Flatland, under the dance category. 

While humbled, Conrad felt honoured that his work on Flatland – described as “a multifaceted stage experience combining strong dance language with equally effective audio-visual design” – has been recognised by his peers.

Cheah Ui Hua plays Archduke Duncan in Eugene Ionesco's MacBett. The production won Best Costume Design Styling and Make-Up for Siti Farrah Abdullah, a costume planner.
Cheah Ui Hua plays Archduke Duncan in Eugene Ionesco's MacBett. The production won Best Costume Design Styling and Make-Up for Siti Farrah Abdullah, a costume planner.

“It’s a pleasant surprise and I’m happy that the hard work has paid off. Flatland is a satirical novel set during the English Victorian era. To incorporate creative elements into the set design, we worked closely with choreographer Suhaili Micheline and dancers to bring out the best of the dance presentation,” said Conrad. 

It was equally a happy event for stage actress-turned-costume planner Siti Farrah Abdullah, who won Best Costume Design Styling and Make-Up (theatre category) for Romanian playwright Eugene Lonesco’s Macbett based on playwright Tanya Ronder’s 2007 adaptation of Ionesco’s play originally written in the 1970s.

Perhaps it was Siti’s avant garde approach to the costumes, featuring black leather, metals and dark materials, that made her a cut above the rest.

“The process of designing gowns for 10 characters in the play was difficult because each character had between six and eight costume changes. It was equally challenging to find suitable and practical costumes which allowed actors quick changes. It was my first time behind the scenes and I’m happy that my work has been recognised,” said Siti.

The winners’ list also included Amelia Tan, who scooped Best Lighting Design for Philadelphia, Here I Come (for theatre) while Mark Teh and Wong Tay Sy won Best Set Design for Something I Wrote under the same category. Under dance, Shamala Narayanan won Best Costume Design, Styling and Make Up for Panchali Sabatham

Chan Wei Ling, Dominique Devorsine, Bryan Christopher Tan and Teo Kuang Han won Best Design and Technical (Set/Sound/Light) for The Producers (musical theatre category).

Twenty eight more awards remain for the main 11th Boh Cameronian Arts Awards ceremony, taking centrestage on April 27 at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur. Kakiseni has also created the Kakiseni Audience Choice Awards where arts lovers can cast their votes online (kakiseni.com) for their favourite dance, music, musical theatre and theatre performances.

> The 11th Boh Cameronian Arts Awards takes place on April 27 at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur. For more details, visit kakiseni.com.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, 11TH BOH CAMERONIAN TECHNICAL ARTS AWARDS

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