May 2008 Happenings


Joanne Kam, will be joined by Gavin Yap, Douglas Lim, Susan Lankester, Fang Chyi, Ho Soon Yoon, Ash Nair, Ina Fabregas and Malik Taufiq on this comedy cabaret musical combines song and dance, stand-up comedy and skits with a generous amount of local wit and humour, a spoonful of intellect, a dash of Bollywood, a spice of rock and disco, loads of fun and just enough risqué to spice up the show.

Date & Time : 1st – 11th May 2008, 8:30pm (No Show on Monday)
Venue : The Actors Studio @ BSC, T116, Level 3, West Wing, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandar Raya, KL
Tickets : RM102 / RM82 / RM62 (20% off for students & senior citizen)
Box Office : TAS @ BSC 603 – 2094 0400 / 603 – 2094 1400


In this solo performance by Loi Chin Yu, he will appear as a dancer walking an individual path, solving his own mystery, mending his own chaos – his very own ceremonial act. In this dance drama, the movements are derived from imagery of Taoist ceremonial acts – speaking in tongues, chanting, ceremonial scriptures and such. Symbolic of a new beginning, Chin Yu believes that Truth and Love can only emerge when the heart is settled. This solo performance is presenter by KLPac and Five E Creative Production, featuring Loi Chin Yu

Date & Time : 2nd & 3rd May 2008 (8:30pm) ; 4th May 2008 (3:00pm)
Venue : Pentas 2, KLPac, Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, Off Jalan Ipoh, 51100 KL
Tickets : RM25 / RM15 (students, senior citizens & the disabled)

Box Office : KLPac 603 – 4047 9000 ; TAS@ BAS 603 – 2094 0400 / 603 – 2094 1400


The Swamp Dwellers is a play written by Nigerian playwright and Nobel prize winner Wole Sovinka, here adapted to a local situation. The play examines ingrained traditions, beliefs, religion, life in the village and the city but stops short of making a pronouncement on the issues unraveled in the play. This play is starring Ahmah Yatim, Lim Soon Heng, Zaifri Husin, Lim Kien Lee and the Tandak Dance Ensemble. It is choreographed by Guna and directed by Sabera Shaik.

Date & Time : 7th – 11th May 2008 (Wed – Sat = 8:30pm & Sun = 3pm)
Venue : Panggung Bandaraya, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Jalan Raja, KL
Tickets : RM42 / RM20 (Students)
Box-Office : 603 – 4149 8600 / 603 – 2091 1666

The PETRONAS Performing Arts Group (PPAG) brings a two-segment performance, the first being dance drama adapted from Tan Sri P Ramlee’s 1956 movie, which tells the tale of two best friends and their love for the same woman, in the village of ‘Semerah Padi’. On the other hand, ‘Titian Zaman’ is a new artistic concept in dance and music, combining traditional and contemporary elements.

Date & Time : 13th & 14th May 2008, 8:30pm
Venue : Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Level 2, Tower 2, PETRONAS Twin Towers, KLCC
Tickets : RM35 / RM30 / RM20 / RM10
Box Office : 603 – 2051 7007
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This festival is to allow this beautiful dance of the heart, the Argentine Tango, to foster goodwill, happiness and harmony among all the participants. The festival will be limited to 100 participants only, a large enough number to create a lively energy and small enough for all participants to get to know each other.

The workshop will be conducted by three couples, Fernanda Ghi & Guillermo Merlo, Ana Padron & Diego Blanco and Paola Jean & Nicolas Cobo are talented, young, energetic and dedicated to this art form. They teach will passion and heart. The Beginner Workshop, would be the ideal way to learn how to dance the Argentine Tango. There will be 6 workshops, in total of 9 hours of dance, will have you dance comfortably and confidently. The Intermediate and Advanced Levels also will be 9 hours of dance. The Advance Level dancers must come with dedicated partners.

Besides learning the Tango, there will be a class on the Chacarera, an Argentine folk dance which can be compared to the “joget moden”. This will be part of the programme for the Gala Dinner & Dance at Royal Selangor Golf Club’s Main Lounge on 17th May 2008. They will also be a performance on a full-length extravanganza entitled “The Four Seasons” at the Wisma Kebudayaan SGM, Lot 243, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 KL on the 18th & 19th May 2008. This festival receives full support of the Argentine Embassy in KL.

Start Date & Time : 16th May 2008 (2:00pm)
End Date & Time : 18th May 2008 (6:30pm)
Location : The Annexe Gallery, Central Market, Jalan Hang Kasturi, KL
Contact Info : 6012 – 315 1008
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Admission Price : Individual Workshops = RM90 ; Chacarera = RM50/class ; Guided Practica = RM30/session ; Milonga Entrance = RM30/session [Prices includes First Drink]
Invitation by Donation : Gala Dinner & Dance ( RM140/person ) ; “The Four Seasons” Tango Show ( RM120 / RM100 / RM80 each )
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This performance is presented by The Embassy of France and KLPac. This piece is choreographed and directed by Sissko Ibrahima, Aduna, terre d’Aventure has been performed by the Etha Dam dance band with great success all over the world. It tells the story of the discovery of an unknown land by 7 adventurers. This piece featuring Azerou Messaoud, Cissokho Aboubakar, Cissokho Demba, Cissokho Sileymane, Gast Jean-Michel, Houssam Akim & Niakaté Modi

Date & Time : 17th May 2008, 8:30pm
Venue : Pentas1, KLPac, Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, Off Jalan Ipoh, 51100 KL
Tickets : RM30 / RM15 (students, senior citizens & the disabled)
Box Office : KLPac 603 – 4047 9000 ; TAS@ BAS 603 – 2094 0400 / 603 – 2094 1400


This is a large gathering of dance specialists worldwide, the best opportunity to showcase one’s work. 700 specialists from 64 countries took part in 2006. All forms of dance are represented. Strictly non-profit. Not to be confused with festival, workshops, competitions or open conferences. This is under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, the Municipality of Athens and the National UNESCO Commission. The congress is organized by the Dora Stratou Dance Theater and the Greek Section IOFA, in collaboration with the International Dance Council, CID.

The program includes; presentation and discussion of original research reports (paper); classes, lecture-demonstrations, video projections; performances by dance companies, duos or solos; exhibitions and sale of books, records, pictures, costumes, accessories; visit to places of special interest, such as dance schools, museums, sites; evenings where members can discuss in a relaxed setting.

A presentation is to be submitted in form of research report, lecture-demostration, class, performance, exhibition, projection is optional. For each presentation has to be submitted before 30th May 2008. To apply for visa or financial assistance, the registeted participants receive an official certificate of registration signed by the President of CID (arrangements should be made ASAP).

Date of Submission : Before 30th May 2008
Date of Congress : 2nd – 6th July 2008
Contact : Dora Stratou Dance Theater, Scholiou 8, Plaka, GR-10558 Athens, Greece
Telephone & Fax : 30 – 210 324 6188 & 30 – 210 324 6921
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The presenters for the summit are Ausdance Old & World Dance Alliance – Asia Pacific, in partnership with Brisbane Festival 2008, Creative Industries Faculty of Queensland University of Technology, Queensland Performing Arts Trust and Ausdance National. This summit carried the title, Dance Dialogues : Conversations Across Cultures, Artforms and Practices.

This summit will have Dance Dialogues with internationally renowned cultural thinkers and performers, Master Classes with leading dance practitioners and choreographers, Choreolab conducted by Lloyd Newson and Boi Sakti, International Conference with papers and performances from 23 countries, Evening Performances by Expressions Dance Company, Queensland Ballet and Reeldance (on screen) and the World Dance Alliance Global Congress.

Registration : online now)

STIRRING ODISSI 2008 from 23rd May until 14th June 2008

This is a celebration of the many different creative and intellectual expressions of Odissi. Stirring Odissi 2008 will be the most extensive Odissi exposition ever held in Malaysia. Apart from the dance performances to be staged at Amphi-Sutra, the Malaysian Tourism Centre and the KL Performing Arts Centre (KLPac), an exhibition of fine arts and photography inspired by Odissi will be held at the Petronas Gallery.

Info. : Solo and Duet performances by male dancers, the celebrated Gotipua Dancers of Orissa
Date :23th – 25th May 2008, 28th – 30th May 2008
Venue : Amphi-Sutra, No. 12, Persiaran Titiwangsa 3, 53200 KL
Tel. : 603 – 4021 1092 / 603 – 4022 9669

Info. : Featuring female dancers performing solo and duets
Date : 3rd – 8th June 2008
Venue : Malaysia Tourism Centre (MTC), Lot 109, Jalan Ampang, 50450 KL
Tel. : 603 – 9235 4848 / 603 – 9235 4800

Info. : Male and female dancers to perform as a group
Venue : KLPac, Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, Off Jalan Ipoh, 51100 KL
Tel. : 603 – 4047 9000

Info. : Featuring an exhibition of paintings inspired by Malaysian and International painters, and an exhibition of photographs featuring the evolution of Odissi, from the traditional to contemporary artform. There will also be lectures and emonstrations by Minati, Guru DC Ranbir, Gangadhar Pradhan and Rajika.
Tel. : 603 – 2051 7770

Info.: This one-and-a-half day seminar will explore the ways Odissi is thriving and adapting in the modern age. It will feature presentations and panel discussions by scholars and critics
Date : 9th – 10th June 2008
Venue : Galeri Petronas, Lot 341 – 343, Level 3, Suria KLCC
Supported by : The Ministry of Culture, Arts & Heritage Malaysia, Sutra Foundation Malaysia, Malaysia Tourism Centre (MTC), Petronas Gallery Malaysia, ASTRO Malaysia, The Federal Hotel KL, Sangeet Natak Akademi (New Delhi), Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), The High Commission of India (KL, MYS), Air India / Indian Airlines / Jet Airways / Kingfisher / Sahara (ANGARAG), Aurodhan Gallery (Pondicherry) and The Orissa Research Centre (Bhubaneswar)