'Ola Bola The Musical' nabs 8 Boh Cameronian Arts Awards


  • Arts
  • Tuesday, 30 Apr 2019

Music director Mak Chi Hoe (left) with producers Edlyn Khoo and Janvier Soldat representing The Young KL Singers, which picked up the Best Group Performance (Vocal) for Joga in YKLS’ Aurora : A Tribute To Bjork show. Photo: YKLS

Harimau Malaya roared loud and clear when hit musical Ola Bola The Musical (Ola Bola) by Enfiniti (M) Sdn Bhd emerged the biggest winner at the recent 16th Boh Cameronian Arts Awards (BCAA) night in KL.

Ola Bola, which played a sold-out first season early last year and had a recent second run at Istana Budaya this year, took home eight awards, including the Best Of 2018 category.

“The win means the absolute world for a very young actor. I’ve only been doing theatre for four years and to have been awarded this honour is a true privilege,” says Brian Chan, who snagged the Best Actor In A Leading Role award in the musical theatre category for his role as Chow Kok Keong in Ola Bola.

“I’m now filled with a drive to always be better as an actor and to always tell good stories truthfully to the best of my ability,” adds the 24-year-old Ipoh-born actor.

The awards ceremony at a hotel in KL was themed “Where It All Began” and was conceptualised by theatre director Christopher Ling.

The BCAA, organised by arts portal Kakiseni since 2002, honours outstanding achievements in the 35 categories of music, dance, theatre and musical theatre productions that were produced, performed and staged live in the Klang Valley.

Local Chinese arts collective Greenhopper Theatre picked up four awards, including Best Original Script in the theatre category, for its show Dear Molly. Photo: Greenhopper Theatre

Ola Bola also grabbed the awards for Best Performance By An Ensemble, Best Direction (Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina), Best Set Design (Raja Malek), Best Lighting Design (Ee Chee Wei), Best Choreographer (Adawani Sani/Stephen Rahman Hughes), and Best Original Score (Mia Palencia/Altimet).

"Winning Best Direction on my first outing as a director is something I’ll never forget for the rest of my life. I was so inspired by Chiu Keng Guan’s movie version and at the time with our political situation, I just felt that we needed to rally Malaysians together to believe in the country once again,” says Tiara.

“When we first set out to create Ola Bola the musical from scratch, I told my team that beyond the story of the greatest football team Malaysia ever saw, we want to tell a story from our little corner of the world, that would hopefully move and inspire a nation,” she adds.

Joining Ola Bola for the Best Of 2018 awards were American Tapestry by the Philharmonic Winds Of Malaysia, Dear Molly by Greenhopper Theatre and Eight Twelve by Eight Twelve. The winners will be fully-sponsored to attend the Australian Performing Arts Market in Melbourne next year.

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Samuel J. Dass won two awards - Best Musical Direction and Best Original Composition - for his work in Sitar: Swarasia Malaysia Kampungku. Singer-songwriter Zee Avi presented the awards to Samuel. Photo: The Star/Shaari Chemat

In the theatre category, Chinese theatre company Greenhopper Theatre’s road trip drama Dear Molly picked up the most awards, winning in the Best Original Script (Tan Chee Ken), Best Lighting Design (Eagle Lee) and Best Set Design (Grace Looi).

“This is our first time participating in this award show and also our first time winning ... four awards! It is definitely very important for us. We feel all the hard work had finally paid off,” says Tan, 28, who’s also Greenhopper Theatre’s production manager.

Greenhopper Theatre, founded in 2008, first started out with children's theatre and environmental-based productions, before gradually moving into mainstream theatre plays in Mandarin.

Malaysian-born Taiwan-based director Chang Wei Loy won the Best Direction award for shadow puppet theatre Hoong Siamang Hooong by Hongjiejie Work Station, another nod for local Chinese theatre. The show is based on a Temuan folk tale.

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Music director Mak Chi Hoe (left) with producers Edlyn Khoo and Janvier Soldat representing The Young KL Singers, which picked up the Best Group Performance (Vocal) for Joga in YKLS’ Aurora : A Tribute To Bjork show. Photo: YKLS

Jonathan Chew, who played Prince Chulalongkorn in the musical The King And I in London's West End last year, also came good on home soil by winning the Best Actor In A Leading Role award for his role in psychological thriller The Bee (by Japanese author Hideki Noda and British playwright Colin Teevan), presented by Theatresauce.

For dance, ASK Dance Company took home an award for The iProject: Between Self And Others in the Best Group Performance while the Best Choreographer award went to Raymond Liew Jin Pin and Jascha Viehstadt (Continue I: Tongue).

Dancer/choreographer Lee Ren Xin picked the Best Featured Performer award for her role in The Dead Bird presented by Soubi Sha, supported by The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat.

Kwang Tung Dance Company’s Bisikan Monsoon won the awards for Best Lighting Design (Low Shee Hoe), Best Multimedia Design (Fairuz Sulaiman) and Best Costume Design, Styling And Make-Up (Tang Meng Chit, Quito Neng and Jacklyn Tan) and Liew/Viehstadt’s Continue I: Tongue won the Best Set Design (Ma Hui Shan) and Best Music & Sound Design (Ng Chor Guan) award.

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Megat 'Adli took home the award for Best Actor In A Supporting Role for Anomalist Production's critically acclaimed IQ.Rock. Photo: Kakiseni

The music category, sitar master/composer Samuel J. Dass picked up two awards - Best Musical Direction and Best Original Composition - for his work in Sitar: Swarasia Malaysia Kampungku.

Classical ensemble Ensemble Virama swept top BCAA awards for the Best Solo Performance (Instrumental) (David Chin for Harpsichord Concerto in D major, BWV 1054 in Bach at New Year’s with Ensemble Virama) and Best Group Performance (Instrumental) category for Bach At New Year’s With Ensemble Virama.

The Young KL Singers picked up the Best Group Performance (Vocal)

for Joga (Homogenic) in YKLS’ Aurora : A Tribute To Bjork, a refreshingly daring and experimental show, presented by Young Choral Academy & The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat.

Hands Percussion took home the Best Production Values award for "Unbeatable" Kaleidoscope 5 International Drumming Festival.

For a complete list of the winners, visit kakiseni.org/awards.

 


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