‘Lipstick 2’ to throw spotlight on sexual violence through bharathanatyam


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  • Friday, 09 Oct 2015

The recital takes bharathanatyam out of its conservative paradigm to present a unique social thematic production, enhanced by constructive work, live orchestra, innovative multimedia projection and stage lighting.

A DANCE-inspired awareness campaign will take place on Oct 10 and 11 to draw attention to gender equality and sexual assaults.

Lipstick: Celebrating Life as One - Series 2: She, Woman, Female will be held at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC), Empire Damansara.

The performance aims to take bharathanatyam out of its usual setting and it will be enhanced with a live orchestra, innovative multimedia projection and stage lighting.

The story for the dance recital was inspired by the findings of British medical journal The Lancet, which revealed that 7.2% of women above 15 years of age have suffered sexual violence at the hands of a stranger.

The report was the culmination of research conducted from 1998 to 2011 in 56 countries.

(From left) Music composer Thiepaan Raaj, Kamini and Awam representative Judith Loh at a press conference.
(From left) Music composer Thiepaan Raaj, Kamini and Awam representative Judith Loh at a press conference.

In Malaysia, on average, 3,000 rape cases are reported yearly.

Lipstick Series 1: Spectrum of Estrogenic Love on March 1 and 2 last year highlighted domestic violence.

Lipstick director, producer, choreographer, costume designer and performing artiste Kamini Manikam noted that sexual assault was a global issue.

“We read and listen about it, but what are we doing to reduce it?

“It is everyone’s responsibility. Let us not just teach our girls about safety, we should also teach our boys on equality.

Bharathanatyam as an art form also has the power to make a difference to humanity,” she said.

Part of the proceeds from the recital will be donated to the All Women’s Action Society (Awam).

“We also hope to conduct free talks and workshops for secondary school students and young undergraduates,” added Kamini.

Topics will include cybersafety, social media, dating, teenage relationships and other personal development issues.

Tickets are priced at RM55 and available through www.dpac.com.my,

For details, go to www.lipstick.life or its Facebook page.

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