Category Archives: 2014

Call for Performers

Are you a singer? A musician? A stand-up comic? A spoken word artist? A dancer?

Are you in a band? A sketch comedy group? A dance company? A theatre outfit?

If you are and would like to showcase your talents, why not be a part of penangpac’s FRINGE FESTIVAL from 9 to 11 May 2014 at Straits Quay, Penang?

Take this opportunity to be a part of an exciting weekend celebrating all things performings arts!

To sign up, please email fringe@penangpac.org.Fringe Festival Call for Performers

9 Days, 3 Ways to Dance, Butoh and Physical Theatre

Ombak-Ombak Arts Studio and PEARL are collaborating to bring an intensive nine-day workshop in dance, butoh and physical theatre which is open to the public.

Called  9 Days, 3 Ways, this workshop is led by trailblazing Malaysian performance artists – Liu Yong Sean (Dancer + Choreographer), Soonufat Supramaniam (Butoh Artist) and Izzard Padzil (Physical Theatre Artist). Each of the artists will share with the participants their individual emerging methods of performance approach and style.

If you want to:

  • Expand your versatility and flexibility
  • Learn different approaches and strengthen your performance skills
  • Discover your own unique performance identity

then 9 Days, 3 Ways is the perfect workshop for you.

The workshop is divided into 2 parts with the first part including a 3-day x 3hr workshop introduction by each artist:

22 March, 10am – 1pm: Butoh with Soonufat Supramaniam
23 March, 1pm – 4 pm: Dance with Liu Yong Sean 
24 March, 6pm – 9pm: Physical Theatre with Izzard Padzil

Following this would be the intensive workshop lab sessions of the individual artists. Participants are free to choose either one or two artists to follow depending on their personal preference. Allowance is made for participants who want to follow all three artists. The schedule for these five days (24 – 29 March) is as follows:

10am – 1pm: Butoh with Soonufat Supramaniam
2pm – 5pm: Dance with Liu Yong Sean 
6pm – 9pm: Physical Theatre with Izzard Padzil

The second part of  9 Days, 3 Ways includes an Artist Sharing session from 5:30pm – 7.30 pm by the three artists as they share insight into their individual training and creative approach to performance, and present their solo works.

9 Days, 3 Ways will culminate with a Workshop Presentation on March 30 at Komtar Auditorium A where the workshop participants will present the works that they have created with the three artists.

9 Days, 3 Ways

Date

22 – 30 March 2014

Venue

The Whiteaways Studio, Reka Art Space (Sinkeh Hotel), KOMTAR Auditorium A

Fees
RM 50 per workshop
RM 80 for 2 workshops
RM 120 for all 3 workshops

For more information or to register, please contact Hock Kheng and Aida Redza or email pgartslink.pearl@gmail.com

The First International Debut of See/Saw

Rising from devastating aftermath of the earthquake that struck Japan in 2011, one Japanese contemporary dance company turned to art express the mood of the nation.

Nibroll, in their latest work see/saw, explores the themes of life and death. This production, which premiered in Yokohama in 2012, is being staged for the first time outside Japan right here in Penang.

Featuring local dancers from Penang and Kuala Lumpur, see/saw is choreographed by the founder of Nibroll, Mikuni Yanaihara, and is presented in Malaysia by The Japan Foundation.

visual_1402_nssSEE/SAW

Date

22 February 2014 @ 8:30pm

Venue

stage 2, penangpac @ Straits Quay (3H-3A-1, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Penang)

Ticketing Information

RM 23 (Adults)

RM 13 (JFKL Members, Students, Physically-challenged, TAS Card Holders)

Tickets can be purchased at TicketPro or the penangpac Box Office. For reservations or more information, call penangpac at 04-8991722 / 2722.

Get a load of this Traffic situation

Say It Like You Mean It (SILYMI) – Penang’s very own variety entertainment show – is back again this month with a theme we can all spend hours discussing, TRAFFIC.

TRAFFIC – How does it affect our daily lives? What hilarious traffic situations do we often find ourselves in? Perhaps even a solution to all our traffic woes! So come find out what SILYMI has to say!

TRAFFIC features an interesting line up with the likes of  Penang-born singer-songwriter Zee Ng and Iranian-born violinist Reza Mohammadpour who’d be performing their original music, and poets Gordon Pereira and Mark Walker. Also in the mix is SILYMI’s very own sketch comedy troupe.

SILYMI's sketch comedy troupe
SILYMI’s sketch comedy troupe

Held monthly (usually on the last Sunday of the month), SILYMI showcases local (and some visiting) talents from across  the various segments of the arts. It also normally has an Open Mic segment at the end of the shows, allowing for “undiscovered talents” the chance to showcase their art.

SILYMI S02E02: TRAFFIC

Date

23 February 2014 @ 9pm

Venue

The Canteen @ China House, 183B Victoria St, George Town

Admission is FREE!

 

What is SILYMI?
SILYMI is an art collective of Penang artists, authors, musicians and other performers that is active in George Town, Penang. With the goal of creating, innovating and propagating arts in Malaysia, SILYMI is a talent incubator and think tank for generating creative content, supporting fresh local talent and brining high-quality, home-grown entertainment to Penang and beyond. In addition to the monthly SILYMI @ China House event, SILYMI has performed at the George Town Literature Fest and the Little Penang Street Market. 
Visit facebook.com/SayItMeanItPenang for upcoming events or contact silymi.penang@gmail.com for more information.

Make a date with Ksatriya

Ksatriya – the multifaceted Penang-based artist – has a heartfelt proposition for you.

Let’s meet up.

I think art and music have become too divorced, too removed from the connection between artist and audience, performer and fan.

There are too many celebrity superstars, walled off from their listeners by bodyguards and photoshop and barrier walls.

How can you put a beat to the lives of people on the street, if you do not walk among them?

Let’s meet up. Let’s enjoy the music together. And let’s sit and talk after.

I want to perform for you on the 16th at The Canteen At ChinaHouse. Come enjoy the show, and let’s chat over beers (or a non-alcoholic beverage if you prefer).

#RED will be available on sale with a special discount, and signed copies for free, specially for some lucky fans.

See you there.

If you have been away Penang or so happened to have spent the past year or so without access to the internet, allow PenTAS to school you a little on this phenomenon known as Ksatriya.

Introducing Ksatriya
Introducing Ksatriya

For one, besides being a poet, a songwriter and a performer, he is pretty much an all around stand up kind of a person. He flirts with controversy, very much in the vein of a budding activist, and like any decent activist, he has a manifesto.

Calling his debut EP his manifesto, Ksatriya’s Red is quite a breath of fresh air. It blends genres as varied as World Fusion, Rap, Spoken Word, Blues, Hip-Hop and Rock, and each of its eight tracks feature Ksatriya’s vocals, be it in the style of spoken word, blues poetry or rap.

What sets Ksatriya apart from his contemporaries are his songwriting and versing that reflect the life average Malaysian young and young-at-heart adults regardless of race, gender, religion, sexuality and football allegiance.

With such a lovely invitation, how could one resist spending some time with the charming Mr Ksatriya.

Ksatriya Live 

Date

16 February 2014 @ 9pm

Venue

The Canteen @ ChinaHouse, 153 Beach Street, 10300 Georgetown

The Rise of the Apeks

If you happened to watch the recent KIA commercials directed by funnyman Douglas Lim and enjoyed them as much as the average Malaysian, you  might, just might, like his latest venture – Planet of the Apeks.

Part of the much talked about comedy troupe – Malaysian Association of Chinese Comedians – Planet of the Apeks features other comedic gems besides Lim.  Sharing the stage with the seasoned comedian are Kuah Jenhan, Phoon Chi Ho and Dr. Jason (real doctor, not a fictional one like Dr House or Dr Phil).

Performed in English, Planet of the Apeks is a through-and-through Malaysian stand-up comedy show. Expect hilariously acute observations, personal anecdotes, exaggerated theories and ridiculous song parodies, which the four Apeks are said to deliver with a heavy dose of Apek-ness.

Oh, if you are wondering what is an Apek, apek loosely translates to ‘uncle’ in Chinese and is used when addressing older men in Malaysia, especially Chinese men. So, if you are still in the CNY mood and are what the society deems as a “matured” human being, why not come get a dose of the Apeks this February.

PLANET OF THE APEKS 

Date

14 & 15 February 2014 @ 9pm

Venue

stage 1, penangpac @ Straits Quay (3H-3A-1, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Penang)

Ticketing Information

RM 53 for all

Tickets can be purchased at TicketPro or the penangpac Box Office. For reservations or more information, call penangpac at 04-8991722 / 2722.

The Contemporary Dances of cieLaroque Come to Penang

“One of the most touring ensembles of Austrian dance scene”, cieLaroque | helene weinzierl comes to Penang this month with two of their most reputed contemporary dance pieces – 301 3 01 IS IT ME and THINK FISH.

301 3 01 IS IT ME 

IS IT ME is a collaboration between Helene Weinzierl and the talented Salzburgian dancer Yuri Korec in 2013. We can see an artist with his fictional character but it is hard to distinguish the difference between them. Which part of his personality does live in his character: self-doubt or self-love? Which aspects are real?

THINK FISH

In THINK FISH, we can see a couple and feel that they are not in a perfect harmony. It seems to be exhausting, unhealthy, laborious, and somehow it appears to be unpleasant, the harmony is missing. The absurdity reaches a peak when the structures of power collapse and dissolve due to missing or misunderstood communication.

301 3 01 IS IT ME | THINK FISH

Date

8 February 2014 @ 8:30pm

9 February 2014 @ 3pm

Venue

stage 2, penangpac @ Straits Quay (3H-3A-1, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Penang)

Ticketing Information

RM 38 (Adults)

RM 28 (Physically-challenged, Students & Senior Citizens Above 65)

RM 20 (TAS & Senior Privilege Card Holders)

Group Booking: Buy 10 Get 1 Free

Tickets can be purchased at TicketPro or the penangpac Box Office. For reservations or more information, call penangpac at 04-8991722 / 2722.

YKLS.Period: Reworking the sounds of the past

The new year ushers in a time of rejoicing as we begin to chart another year with a clean slate. Resolutions are made to be made, and, yes, some to be broken. Here at PenTAS, we hope you are resolute to catch more performing arts works and to pledge your support (in any form, actually) to the proliferation of the arts. Because what kind of a life would you like to live if the is no place for the arts in it, right?

Well, to kick start you resolution (which we truly hope is to support the performing arts), why not be raptured by a captivating choral performance – YKLS.Period – by the Young KL Singers (YKLS) at penangpac. Taking us on a journey back in time, YKLS.Period revisits vocal music written during Europe’s most flourishing period from the Medieval and Renaissance to Baroque. The sounds of the past are reworked for the modern world, bringing us lute songs and rotas, court dances and madrigals.

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An aural feast that looks magical. Good thing, we say!

The choir will take a retrospective tour of the different schools and styles of vocal music in England, France, Spain and Italy during that era – tying them together in a poetic story, told through song and dance, in period costume and sets. YKLS will explore the fusion of different elements in the performance practice of the music, experimenting with fusions of styles and improvisation, as was the common historical practice of music during that time.

YKLS.Period promises something for everyone and will be a unique experience for audiences here, as they will be treated to a stunning visual and aural feast. It will be a rare chance for audiences to hear and see music from one the most vibrant eras of European history, performed live here in Penang.

 

YKLS.Period

Date

10 – 12 January 2014 @ 8:30pm

11 – 12 January 2014 @ 3pm

Venue

stage 2, penangpac @ Straits Quay (3H-3A-1, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Penang)

Ticketing Information

RM 35 (Adults)

RM 25 (Physically-challenged, Senior Privilege Card Holders, Students & TAS Card Holder)

Preview Night Promotion (10 Jan) : RM 20

Group Booking: Buy 10 Get 1 Free

 Tickets can be purchased at TicketPro or the penangpac Box Office. For reservations or more information, call penangpac at 04-8991722 / 2722.