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Four things to satisfy your artistic needs at KLPAC this election season!

Yes, the election season is upon us but that does not stop the theatre world from producing entertaining shows for Malaysians!

Here are some of the shows that you should catch this April and May to take your mind off politics for a while.

Intim sessions #7


Date & Time: 21 April @ 8.30pm

Venue: Indicine, klpac

Once again, intim sessions brings you gems of the local music scene with two indie darlings- Bil Musa, (find out more about Bil Musa in our article) an emotional lovelorn folk/pop singer-songwriter who recently forayed into her own brand of dancehall & R&B with her album, Young Adults, and Shuuna, an act of shoegazing, psychedelic nostalgia with a modern touch.

Bil Musa who touts herself as an emotional lovelorn folk/pop singer-songwriter has been writing songs since the age of 16. She writes and performs in English and Malay.

Shuuna on the other hand consists of Moja and Shuu who formed the band with the help of other experience session musicians as they journeyed into the Malay folk genre.

Due to various circumstances, they ended up playing as a duo more often than usual and were later on joined by Fai of Paper Plains.

Bil Musa

Pari-Pari di KLPAC

Date & Time: 21 April @ 6pm

Venue: Outdoors, klpac

Zhafir the poet
Zhafir the poet

Every once in two months, the Pari-Pari (or fairies as you would say) come out to play at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac). Many of them are writers, poets, singers, musicians, artists, illustrators, and yes, even curious people like you.

This time around, the latest literary and music event in the local art scene is set to feature poetry by Ashlyn Harris, Zhafir, and Khor Hui Min, music by E-Ling (E0), ZLoco, Richard Sykes, and Sherly Chan and short stories by Michelle Tan and Sumitra Selvaraj.

If you’re drawn to the magic of the Pari-Pari, come on over to klpac for the second gathering of its kind on 21 April at 6pm at klpac’s outdoors. ENTRY IS FREE OF CHARGE.


Dancebox May 2018

Date & Time: 1 May @ 8.30pm

Venue: Pentas 2, klpac

MyDance Alliance continues its partnership with The Actors Studio, presenting a night of exciting short dance works. Six of the most promising young local choreographers have created new contemporary creations, giving us a sneak peek into the cutting edge of Malaysian dance today. Supported by the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Dancebox is a regular platform to showcase emerging choreographers, or experimental works by established choreographers from Malaysia.

Picture from Character Game choreographed by Tung I-Fen taken by Justin Koh
Picture from Character Game choreographed by Tung I-Fen taken by Justin Koh

Dato’ Seri

Date & Time: 10 – 12 May 2018 @ 8.30pm | 12 – 13 May 2018 @ 3pm

Venue: Pentas 2, klpac

A Malay adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, Dato’ Seri is a localised version that follows the struggle – both in thought and action – of Dato’ DiKajang, as he deals with the choices he makes, and the consequences that follow suit. Set in the early 1960’s in a reimagined Malaya, Pertiwi, the script was co-adapted by the late Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim and Omar Ali. It was the very first artistic collaboration between the father and son team and also marked Omar’s directorial debut in Malay language theatre. Due to popular demand, Dato’ Seri will be re-staged as part of The Actors Studio’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

The 2018 re-staging of Dato’ Seri will see Redza Minhat take on the lead role of Dato’ DiKajang (Macbeth) and Nadia Aqilah as Datin DiKajang (Lady Macbeth). Other actors in this exciting re-staging include Na’a Murad, Adry Azad Nasution, Anwar Rusdini, Nabil Musawir, Roshinee Mookaiah, Faridah Merican, Mark Beau de Silva, Ho Lee Ching, Fatin Syazwanie, Calvin Tan, Jad Hidhir as well Coebar Abel and Endee Ahmad who also double up as musicians.

Dato’ Seri was not the only successful adaptation by the father and son duo. They also co-adapted Kandang based on George Orwell’s Animal Farm. It was staged to full houses and rave reviews.

Dato’ Seri will be staged in Pentas 2, klpac, from 10 to 13 May. Purchases can be made at or through the klpac Box Office (03-4047 9000).


Dato' Seri cast
Dato’ Seri cast

All pictures are owned by Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre.

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