Performances

performance by

NADA x Brandon tay

Visual art and music duo NADA collaborates with new media artist Brandon Tay to pay homage to the Malay-language films of the 1950s and 1960s. NADA will conjure the sounds of Malay and Southeast Asian music from the 1960s to the 1980s against a visual backdrop created by Brandon Tay using the films highlighted in State of Motion 2018.

Friday, 12 January 2018
7:45 PM – 8:30 PM
The Plaza, National Library Building

Saturday, 13 January 2018
7:30 PM – 8:15 PM
Malay Heritage Centre

once upon a hundred lies

by muhammad izdi and zaki razak

The work explores the true essence of the horror classic Sumpah Orang Minyak: the implications of a decadent society steeped in the ‘love for beauty’. The follies of such an obsession are revealed through the protagonist-turned-antagonist who undergoes a series of negotiations with the unseen in his quest for perfection. The artwork is primarily made of motifs from the film and printed onto a suit which begins to narrate when worned and acted in.

Friday, 12 January 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Plaza, National Library Building

Saturday, 13 January 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Malay Heritage Centre

tanam tebu di bibir (plant sugar cane on lips)

BY IRFAN KASBAN

This theatrical piece tackles distortions of nostalgia through a light-hearted humourous satirical farce. The golden era of Malay-language films has long ended. To rejuvenate its vitality and relevance, a group of young nostalgic actors form a collective to reinterpret footages from old films. They gather to redub scenes from the classics to give them a wider appeal. In the process, they discover that the task at hand is tricky, especially in juggling inclusivity within language, race, gender, and politics. What started as a sincere homage becomes more arduous than saying sweet nothings.

Saturday, 13 January 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Malay Heritage Centre

Sunday, 14 January 2018
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Malay Heritage Centre

tanam tebu di bibir LAGI (plant sugar cane on lips AGAIN)

BY IRFAN KASBAN

The Malay proverb which transliterates to ‘plant sugar cane on lips’, is predicated on the notion of failure. One can not actively plant flora at the edge of one’s mouth. This does not mean that one should not attempt what appears to be a daunting, and almost impossible task. The proverb which actually means ‘to coax by saying sweet nothings’, will inspire the format of this performance-lecture in hopes of artistic redemption. Join Irfan Kasban as he shares his perspective on the history of Malay Cinema, again, laced with a meta commentary of his role as an artist in the event of failure.

Sunday, 11 February 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Possibility Room, National Library Level 5