This is a tale of murder, theft, sexual misconduct and multiple truths. A samurai has been murdered and his wife raped. A woodcutter discovers the body, and a notorious bandit claims responsibility for the crime. A trial is held, and testimony is heard from the bandit, the woodcutter and the wife. Even the samurai manages to tell his side of the story, after being summoned by a medium.
There is only one problem. All the testimonies contradict each other. Based on Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s short stories, this multi-layered play will definitely whet your CSI appetite. More details: www.klpac.org.
Russian pianist, conductor and composer Mikhail Pletnev is an “all-round” musician who defies categorisation. For his upcoming MPO show, Pletnev’s diverse styles will be on show as he performs Beethoven’s dynamic third concerto – a work full of stormy emotions and poetic lyricism. Beethoven’s triumphant Fidelio Overture is also a dramatic mood-setting classic.
Bartok’s fiery and exuberant Concerto For Orchestra is also on the cards, with Pletnev’s virtuoso expression to lift the piece. Fabio Mechetti conducts the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Facebook: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO).
Written and staged in 1975 by Che Shamsuddin Othman, this pertinent play about meaning and existence is given new life in Anomalist Production’s staging. Directed by first-time director Low Yee Choy, Bukan Bunuh Diri tracks a struggling artist who finds no meaning in his life and questions his very existence.
Dejected and without hope, he sets a near impossible goal for himself - meeting God. He settles on an unconventional and controversial method to achieve that - committing suicide. But as he stands in front of a noose, a mysterious and otherworldly figure named Dewi stops him. Facebook: Bukan Bunuh Diri by Dinsman.
Written and directed by Ridhwan Saidi, this play, that runs for 70 minutes, is about private and public spaces, our relationship with technology and the multi-layered persona that people seem to embody nowadays.
Featuring Sadiq M.Jamil, Mia Sabrina Mahadir and Lew Shu Ni, the play, which will be presented in Bahasa Malaysia with English surtitles, was inspired by Malaysian entertainment icon Tan Sri P. Ramlee’s film Masam-Masam Manis in 1965. This marks the third play in Ridhwan Saidi’s Teater Normcore series. More details: mokamochaink.com.
Kuala Lumpur-based Early Music (Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque period) ensemble Wicked Music People (WMP) presents its first concert featuring plucked music of the Renaissance and Baroque era. La Guitarre, which will feature pieces by J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli, aims to show how crucial a role plucked instruments played in music ensembles of those eras.
The 90-minute show features Lee Hai Lin, Kenneth Lim, U-En Ng, Azizi Azman and Tina Vinson. Joining WMP is Malaysian classical guitarist Y.S. Tang. Facebook: La Guitarre.
Remember The HandleBards, the British theatre group that travels on bicycles to spread the word of Shakespeare? Well, their all-female troupe will be making a stop in Malaysia for their latest riotous bicycle-powered production. The Tempest, one of the Bard’s last written plays, centres on the sorcerer Prospero who is denied his rightful claim to the dukedom of Milan after his brother Antonio usurps him.
Prospero and his daughter Miranda end up on a remote island where he rules with his magic. Twelve years later, his brother Antonio and his co-conspirators also get stranded on the very same island. With some relish, Prospero plots his revenge, using spells and supernatural beings. More details: www.pjlivearts.my.
Well-known contemporary French circus duo Circoncentrique, comprising Alessandro Maida and Maxime Pythoud will be performing their award-winning Gasp as part of this year’s Le French Festival. Expect to be dazzled as they defy gravity and expectations as they fuse impromptu piano accompaniment with exquisite acrobatics, coupled with the tossing and rotating of globes, cyr wheels, and balls.
By the end of it, you might find yourself catching your breath in astonishment. Accompanying pianist Mariano Ferrandez will set the mood with impromptu music. More details: www.dpac.com.my.
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