8 theatre and arts performance to catch in November

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  • Friday, 01 Nov 2019

'Old Lear', presented by Nyoba Kan and KL Shakespeare Players, examines the struggles of human desire through the characters and themes in Shakespeare's 'King Lear'. Photo: Dev Lee

Here's a list of theatre shows, festival highlights and performing arts events to keep arts lovers in the Klang Valley busy throughout the month of November.

Teater Modular Redux

Where: Serambi Karya Bellamy, KL

When: Nov 1 and 2

Local indie publisher Moka Mocha Ink’s Teater Modular is back with the staging of four new playlets by Ridhwan Saidi. Teater Modular is a live platform for Moka’s series of offbeat playlets written by Ridhwan. It gives the opportunity to young directors to collaborate and work with new scripts. This time, with the support of Ensembel Teater Kaos Nol and Siring Siring Productions, the team will be taking over community arts space Serambi Karya Bellamy, formerly a government office/rest house. Get ready to walk from room to room and be transported to different worlds through the staging of Melihat Setan Bekerja, Sesuap Kasih, Brokoli and Korban Bulan Madu. The show runs for 80 minutes with post performance discussions. The plays will be presented in Bahasa Malaysia with English surtitles. FB: Teater Modular Redux.

Fractured World: Displacement, Diaspora And Poetry

Where: Ilham Gallery, Menara Ilham, KL

When: Nov 2

In keeping with the current exhibition Fracture/Fiction, Ilham Gallery presents a platform for poets currently living in Malaysia to perform their work about different kinds of fracturing - lives, identity, family, home and society. These poets write about the fractures that exist in their lives and their society both here and in the countries of their birth. Many of the poets are from the refugee and migrant communities, bringing unexpectedly lyrical and poetic perspectives of our fragmented world. This poetry event will be introduced by Jo Kukathas in collaboration with Beyond Borders. Facebook: Ilham Gallery.


Where: Indicine, KLPac

When: Nov 14-24

Brohemia! is Theatresauce's third and final new project of its 2019 season. It takes theatregoers to a fictional utopia, which is founded on the ideals of brawn, beauty and brotherhood. As the city celebrates its 7th Annual City Parade, the mayor launches Vitamin M, a controversial drug that claims to permanently enhance the lives of all Brohemians. While most cheer at this move, a sceptical few embark on a journey of revolt to change the course of Brohemia – for good. The show, directed by Kelvin Wong, also explores the repercussions of masculinity when it turns toxic. Facebook: Theatresauce.

Inside Out - A Performative Exhibition by Isabelle Schad

Where: White Box, Publika, KL

When: Nov 15-17

Inside Out, created by choreographer Isabelle Schad, winner of the 2019 German Dance Prize, will feature 10 dancers from Europe and South-East Asia. Schad's work situates itself between dance and visual art, draws on her ongoing fascination with Aikido-Zen, community building and her long-term collaboration with visual artist and philosopher Laurent Goldring. With subtle exactness, the performers form bodies and movement into sculptures which define their own space and evolve a contemplative quality. This show is jointly organised by Goethe-Institut Malaysia and Rimbun Dahan. Facebook: Goethe-Institut Malaysia.


Where: Medan Pasar, City Centre, KL

When: Nov 16-24

The HuRu-HaRa programme by theatre outfit TerryandTheCuz is an Urbanscapes Festival initiative that combines music, dance, installation, visual projection and sound art. Four exciting events are parked under the HuRu-HaRa banner. One to look out for is bamboo installation artist Andi Ramdani’s Kubah (free admission) which runs from Nov 16-24. Other events to check out are Moving Bodies (free) on Nov 16 and 17, Nov 23 and 24. It is a movement piece by dancer/choreographers Rithaudin Abdul Kadir and Lee Ren Xin. Not to be missed is the kuda kepang showcase by cultural outfit Pusaka and Johor-based troupe Kumpulan Kuda Kepang Parit Raja on Nov 16 and 17. The Table By Picha Eats (ticketed show) happens on Nov 17 and Nov 24. Facebook: TerryandTheCuz.

Don't Let Joe And Faridah Know

Where: Pentas 2, KLPac

When: Nov 21-24

The Don’t Let series, by The Actors Studio and Muka Space, returns for its fifth installment. Don't Let Joe And Faridah Know pays tribute to works that defined The Actors Studio in the past 30 years. Eight directors, choreographers and singer-songwriters – Coebar Abel, Easee Gan, Fauzi Amirudin, Mon Lim, ShirLing and Jacqueline, Tung Jit Yang and Zhafir Muzani – will be reinventing works inspired by and related to The Actors Studio and its co-founders Joe Hasham and Datuk Faridah Merican. This multi-lingual, multi-arts genre tribute will be presented in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin and Cantonese with English surtitles. Look out for Your Hand In Mine by singer-songwriters ShirLing and Jacqueline, a work inspired by Joe and Faridah's real-life personal and creative partnership, and Eh, Joanna by KLPac’s resident director Tung, a theatre piece inspired by Samuel Beckett’s Eh, Joe, which was formerly performed by Hasham. More details: www.klpac.org.

Sukmah And Jalud

Where: Kotak, Five Arts Centre, TTDI, KL

When: Nov 21-24

Laman Artisan Theater Production presents a double bill of haunting tales by ArRasyideen Abd Halim dan Haris Hazizan and Dr Shamsul Rahman. Sukmah, by ArRasyideen, revolves around Tok Mah, a practitioner of black magic who summons a demonic force to grant her the power of eternal beauty. With these powers, she is able to trick others to give away their lives as a price for everlasting beauty. Jalud, by Shamsul, is about Amir, a ventriloquist, who performs at a club with his puppet Jalud. But declining public support, Amir is fired from the club. With his only source of income gone, Amir gets into unlikely troubles. What he doesn’t know is that Jalud could be the perpetrator for all his mishaps. Facebook: Laman Artisan Theater Production.

12th KL Butoh Fest 2019: Old Lear

Where: White Box and Black Box, Publika, KL

When: Nov 22 and 23

Performing arts companies Nyoba Kan and KL Shakespeare Players are back with another multidisciplinary collaboration for the 12th KL Butoh Festival 2019. The show Old Lear, directed by choreographer Lee Swee Keong (festival artistic director), is one of two main highlight performances in the festival, which also includes a photography exhibition and Butoh workshop. This time, the ensemble reimagines characters and themes from Shakespeare’s King Lear, and will also be collaborating with returning Japanese Butoh artist, Dai Matsuoka. Facebook: KL Butoh Fest.

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