Thursday, July 29, 2010

SPARKS @MAP


This is my second visit to MAPkl, for exhibition of LUCT's graduating students and sharing by a few artists.


It was begun with Butoh dance by Nyoba Kan' dancers.

A huge DIY pillow.


Guests of the exhibition were asked to doodle on the board, hence the flying robot and my foot.


Speakers for "Journey Sharing" :(from left) Lee Swee Keong, a dancer; Nikolai, a chef; Wong Wai Lam from Peekfreak; Chin Yew, an artist; and Henry Lee, a creative advertising lecturer.

Next up was a conversation with Adrian Yap from KLUE.

Too bad that the performance by Lapar Lab in Black Box had to be missed, as the time was clashed with the "Journey Sharing" talk. 
It's not supposed to happen, as the dance was scheduled to start on 4.15pm, but it wasn't on time. I was looking at a rehearsal and following by singing band. I was confused as no one was there to announce the delay. Only when I asked a staff, I was told that the dance will only start in another 1/2 hour, so I had to leave for the talk which will start first.
And even the talk, which is scheduled on 4.30pm, also started late.
hmm......

Never mind. 
Let's check out the cool toilet.

That's drawing on the toilet cubicles.
Cool, ain't it?
Here's the ladies' and gents'.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

cute little POCO Homemade, Bangsar

Me and my sis went to POCO for dinner after shopping at Bangsar on a raining Sunday.

This cute little cafe sits in a quiet neighbourhood on Jalan Kurau in Bangsar.
It is run by an artsy couple, Mer Mer & zzz.


Most of the decor and selling items are of their creations. 
A lot of inspiring things to see~


They sell Japanese style food.
We had creamy green tea and coffee for drink, and Japanese curry rice to fill up our tummy.
We were keen to try their homemade cake, but unfortunately there's none left for us.

Hope to see they can be better and better as not many cute and independent cafe like theirs here.
Good luck!

Find POCO at:
1, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar 59100 KL.  
Phone:
03-22875688
 
Business Hours
Tuesday - Sunday 
12pm - 9.30pm




Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Upcoming Performances in town!

Performances that I wouldn't want to miss (Updates from MyDance e-newsletter):

3-9.30pm
25 July 2010
MAP, Dutamas, Level G2-01, Block A5, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur. 
 

BLACK BOX @ MAP
4.10pm - 4.30pm
Dance by LAPAR Lab
LAPAR Lab is a non-profit organization providing a platform to publish works of performing arts. LAPAR Lab is conceptualized by Low Shee Hoe, who graduated from Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and co-founded by Low Shee Hoe, Leng Poh Gee and Louise Yow Sing Hwa since April 2006. LAPAR LAB will choreograph a dance with a theme of the old Chinese who immigrated from China to Malaysia, with a very authentic Chinese Hakka song. Read more:
http://www.laparlab.com/


*I wish to see my favourite dancer Louise Yow Sing Hwa in action.


4.15pm – 5:15pm
Journey Sharing
Creative professionals from different fields come together to discuss the defining moments in their lives that led them to where they are today.
+ Lee Swee Keong, Performance Artist
+ Kins Lee and Henry Lee, Well-known Advertising Industry Pioneers
+ Wong Wai Lam, PeekFreak co-founder
+ Nikolai, Chef
*It's never a loss to absorb other people's experience in life. :)

Balik Kampung


The Faculty of Dance ASWARA supported by MyDance Alliance is producing a contemporary dance performance to celebrate the 'Balik Kampung' of 3 of its Diploma graduates. James Kan, Lee Wen Yan and Liu Yong Sean are back for the summer holidays and what better way to let the public glimpse into who they are, what they have learned and possible future directions of these young dancer-choreographers than to present them in a performance. James has completed Year 2 of his modern dance performance program at the Taipei National University of Arts, Taiwan, Wen Yan a Year 2 choreography major while Yong Sean a year 3 performance major, both at Korean National University of the Arts in Seoul. They are students are pursuing their Bachelor of Arts programs on full-scholarship awarded by the foreign universities.



The works are not about "returning home" but a series of solos and group works that are created on themselves as solo artists and the ASWARA Dancers. The ASWARA Dancers are the recipients of the Best Dance Group award at the 8th Boh Cameronian Arts Awards 2010 and are enriching the Malaysian dance scene. Contemporary dance has a much smaller following than popular theatre, and by and large, the audience struggles to "understand" what is being presented onstage. This is one of the main reasons that ASWARA does its best to present performances throughout the year that gives the audience an opportunity to familiarize themselves with contemporary ideas, concepts and styles. It is by watching performances that we can cultivate an interest and appreciation.



Please do take the time to watch the 2 shows as follows:



8.30 p.m

4 & 5 August 2010 (Wed. and Thurs.)

Experimental Theatre, ASWARA Campus - 464 Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

RM20.00 & RM 10.00 (students/senior citizens/MyDance Alliance Members/TDS Members/KLDA Members)

More info:



Tel: 012-8499722 (Shy), 019-2319179 (Jeffri), 016-6546289 (Yong Sean) or 03-26975313

Fax: 03-26975513; email: senitari@gmail.com


* To witness what they've brought back to Malaysia, especially Liu Yong Sean, whom I know a bit. ;P



Dancing in Place at Rimbun Dahan, 7-8 August 2010


Up a tree. In a sculpture. Underwater. Underground.

Come and experience contemporary dance as you've never seen it before!

4-8pm

Saturday & Sunday, 7-8 August 2010

Rimbun Dahan, Km. 27 Jalan Kuang, Kuang, 48050, Selangor.

Entrance free

For detailed program information, see www.rimbundahan.org

In the midst of a 14-acre indigenous Malaysian garden, and in the shade of contemporary and traditional architecture, Malaysian and international choreographers will present a collection of site-specific contemporary dance works for Dancing in Place.

Come and be entranced by the magic of site-specific performances. The audience will move through the landscape to view different dance works in unusual situations. The weather, the quality of light, the mood of the crowd, the sound of birds singing – all these shape the experience of dance as a site-specific practice.
As Rimbun Dahan is a private arts centre not generally open to the general public, this is also an unusual opportunity to experience all the delights Rimbun Dahan has to offer, including the medicinal herb garden, contemporary architecture by Hijjas Kasturi, relocated and refurbished traditional houses from Perak and Penang, and indoor and outdoor visual art by local and international artists.

Performers at Dancing in Place this year will include Kristine Nilsen Oma (Norway), Elysa Wendi (Singapore), Donna Miranda (Philippines) and Scarlet Yu (Hong Kong), as well as up to ten choreographers from Malaysia including Rathimalar Govindarajoo, Gan Chih Pei, Nurulakmal Abdul Wahid, Muhaini Ahmad, Leng Poh Gee, Fahmi Fadzil and January Low.

Remember to bring your own water, mosquito repellent, light clothing and comfortable footwear. Refreshments will be provided, but you can bring your own picnic too!

For detailed program information about the event and directions to Rimbun Dahan, see http://www.rimbundahan.org or contact Bilqis Hijjas 017 310 3769 or bilqis@rimbundahan.org.
* I experienced the event last year, which was full of fun and excitement!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Kedah Rice Museum


It's a rice/paddy museum in Alor Setar, Kedah.

I'm a Kedah 'kia' (means kid in Hokkien) but this was my first visit to the museum.
And I visit Penang much more often than Alor Setar. XD




The oh-so-real mural of the surrounding of Gunung Kerian (the location of the museum) is the most interesting part in this museum. It's drawn by a team of North Korean artists. Visitors can just sit back and relax to enjoy the mural on the revolving deck. 

How fascinating!



One of the corner of the exhibition inside the museum.
There are also puzzles to play and scene to take pictures with, which brings more fun to the visit. 


Here's the real look of paddy field near the museum.


Here is where you can find other tourist attractions in Kedah.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

DIY: pencil holder

It was a Choya bottle, which I used it as a pencil holder putting in my living room.

Since it's translucent, and I have some leftover black sticker,
I thought I might as well put some decor on it to make it more interesting.

It's skyline of a city.


Another face.