Stream time: 'Listening' to Kayan tattoos, discussing video essay art

  • Arts
  • Saturday, 22 Jan 2022


Date and Time: Unlimited

The Horniman Museum and Gardens in London combines human cultures with the natural world. In this instalment of Object In Focus, MA student Tim Tong speaks to Sarawak-based traditional storyteller Adrian Jo Milang, the descendant of a Kayan tattooist. Historically, the Kayan, an indigenous tribe from Sarawak, used tattoos to commemorate victories in battle or to recognise achievements in weaving, singing, and dancing.

Tattoos were believed to guide the Kayan after death. Using three Kayan tattoo models from the museum, Tong and Milang explore if it’s possible to "listen" to the objects and how they might speak to the public for themselves. Milang is also the community manager of Miri-based community arts management outfit Tuyang Initiative.


Date and Time: Until Jan 23, 8pm

The pandemic is stressing out a family of four. Their ties are fraying. The father, Hanif, a struggling writer, is coping with the lack of inspiration. When her mother dies, Leila (Hanif’s wife) turns to toxic positivity. Atilia's grief over her beloved grandmother's death spirals, while Haz's anxiety skyrockets with each passing second. After a family video call ends in a fight, Hanif relieves his stress by playing an old video game. With a simple wish, he is transported into Wonderland. Quests await him, and darkness surrounds him. Will Hanif survive Wonderland and make it out?

Down The Rabbit Hole: A Twisted Game, ticketed, will be streamed via CloudTheatre.


Date and time: Jan 22 and 23 (3pm and 8pm)

This one is for the experimental theatre fan. Have you ever considered whether it is worthwhile to live in this world? With all of life's challenges and difficulties, living can become an unpleasant state of being.

The 50-minute (pre-recorded) performance, filmed outdoors at the lawn of the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac), is a collaborative effort involving dancers, theatre artists, musicians, and videographers.

The story channels the power of rituals for its primal energy, with a cast of dirt-covered performers, monstrous creatures, and a commune around a campfire.

It features Chloe Tan, stage actor/director Tung Jit Yang and Ching while Rezza Coebar Abel and Ian Francis Khoo (of experimental arts/music outfit Francoe) provide the ambient soundscapes.

Dead Water is presented by Hermana Collective, KLPac and The Actors Studio.

This ticketed show will be streamed via CloudTheatre.


Date and Time: Jan 22 and 23 (3pm and 8pm)

If you missed this dance performance when it played at PJPac last December, here’s your chance to catch it from the comfort of your home.

Ballet as a dance form is precise and highly formalised. Typically performed with classical music, ballet is a very technical form of dance. Contemporary dance, on the other hand, is more free flowing, expressive and fluid.

Six choreographers - Alfren Guevarra Salgado, James Kan, JS Wong, Kyson Teo, Leng Poh Gee and Mew Chang Tsing- explore what happens when a classical dance form and a more modern dance form meet. What ensues is a contemporary ballet dance performance.

When Ballet Meets Contemporary Dance, ticketed, will be streamed via CloudTheatre.


Date and Time: Jan 26-Feb 6, 9pm

This Bahasa Malaysia play presented by Revolution Stage is based on a historical epic about a bloodthirsty king... literally. Consider him a local Dracula. When the king’s royal cook accidentally slices her finger, drops of her blood "seasons" the king’s meal. He loves the meal and makes the cook reveal her secret ingredient. When she says it's human blood, the king orders it in all of his meals.The king's bloodlust turns him into a vampire-like creature who attacks his own people. Finally, they rise up against him and kill him.

Raja Bersiong, ticketed, will be streamed live via Revolution Stage’s website. You can also watch the play on-site.


Date and Time: Jan 22 (8pm) and Jan 23 (3pm)

All the Time I Pray To Buddha, I Keep on Killing Mosquitoes is a video installation exhibition and four dialogue sessions by Malaysian multi-disciplinary artist Gan Siong King. The exhibition is organised by Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL), with support from Petaling Jaya Performing Arts Centre (PJPac), and will run until Jan 23.

The in-person dialogue sessions between the artist and selected guest speakers and moderators will shed light on art-making and art. These sessions will also be streamed live on JFKL’s Facebook page. On Jan 22, academician Carmen Nge will moderate a session on collaboration. The panel also includes Gan, performance maker/researcher Mark Teh and Japanese curator Junya Utsumi. They will look at different modes of collaboration across a variety of creative processes from three distinct perspectives. On Jan 23, documentary filmmaker Rahmah Pauzi moderates a session called The Quiet Artistes. Joining her on the panel are Gan, visual artist Wong Tay Sy, Wyn Hee and Kyoko Kugai, They will attempt to understand the functions of different creative roles within the arts and their relevance to our art scene.

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