Double bill of Pichet Klunchun’s I Am A Demon (solo
performance) and Padmini Chettur’s Varnam (two-hander).
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I AM A DEMON | VARNAM - EDITVenue: Theatre, DPAC Date / Time: 28 September 2018 (Fri) ~ 8.00pm : Normal MYR 68.00, Student MYR 50.00 29 September 2018 (Sat) ~ 8.00pm : Normal MYR 68.00, Student MYR 50.00I AM DEMON | VARNAM - EDIT
Project curated by Akane Nakamura, Helly Minarti, Lim How Ngean
1. “I Am A Demon”
Presented by: PICHET KLUNCHUN (Bangkok, Thailand)
Critically-acclaimed Pichet Klunchun contemporises his traditional training in Thai Khon performance in this deconstructed piece, “I Am A Demon”. It is a strong personal testimonial that expresses the tensions of traditional and contemporary body aesthetics while paying tribute to his traditional master, art form, and training. ."I Am Demon" presents an individual's fierce passion for his art, which also reveals the fragile human condition. It is rigorous and virtuosic as well as it is tender and lyrical.
Created in 2005 to commemorate the 3-year death anniversary of his beloved master, “I Am Demon” tells the story of passing down the art form from one generation to the next, as well as a relationship between master and student.
Padmini Chettur has always incorporated her traditional training in Bharatnataym into her contemporary choreography. Her systematic deconstruction of the Bharatanatyam vocabulary, rhythm, and philosophy will resonate with Malaysian dancers and choreographers as another method to contemporize the Indian form. In “Varma II”, Chettur reworks an older work of hers with new musician collaborations and new choreographies.
The ‘Varnam’ in the traditional dance repertoire of Bharatanatyam occupies the central position of any performance. The opening lines of the Mohanaama Varnam drag us immediately and relentlessly into the heroine’s complex world through classical Indian dance. A story of lost love, abandonment and, pining, it is also, in its original interpretation, a glorified description of god’s divine love and lovemaking. In this work, which re-engages this iconic material and music, the dancers – some classically trained, others not – begin to unravel the meaning of the text, to re-physicalize the known language. Into the grid of the Varnam they invite references of contemporary text and their own personal voices of womanhood, body, and sexuality.
Everything we do is a reflection of our choices; or are we simply doing what is expected of us?
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iProject:Between Self & Others by ASK Dance CompanyVenue: Black Box, DPAC Date / Time: 5 October 2018 (Fri) ~ 8.30pm : Normal MYR 55.00, Concession MYR 35.00 6 October 2018 (Sat) ~ 3.00pm, 8.30pm : Flat Rate MYR 105.00 7 October 2018 (Sun) ~ 3.00pm : Normal MYR 55.00, Concession MYR 35.00iProject:Between Self & Others
presented by ASK Dance Company
When was the last time your conscience spoke to you?
Have you changed?
Everything we do is a reflection of our choices;
or are we simply doing what is expected of us?
Even our choices are often influenced by others.
How then do we define what is truly from our selves?
An observation of the connections and reconnections between our thoughts and actions; and how we affect each other, unconsciously or
with intention to manipulate.
This production is a full-length contemporary dance performance performed by ASK Dance Company.
Choreographed by Naimsyah Razad and Fauzi Amirudin.