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  • Writer's pictureNaim Ramin

Monthly Plays Recommendations - CI Insider #3

Lockdown memory is a performance that fully falls into the category of reality theater, capable of making

the new multimedia languages dialogue with those of the scene, able to tell the complexity of an innovative

project such as Beyond Borders, in which theater, video art and documentary films are intertwined through

a remote collaboration with artists from all over the world.

Textual and visual notes, physical and musical scores, conversations in zoom and scenes from the daily life of the artists involved are the dramaturgical fragments in progress that bounce off the walls of an aseptic room in search of a single glimmer, that virtual window open to a world , which had to mark its own borders, due to the pandemic.

The performers on stage relive the different moments and situations caused by the lockdown, giving voice to the delicate social situation of the countries of the artists involved: from the protests of Black lives matter in the United States to the social revolt in Chile, from the mass exodus from the Indian megalopolis to the return to normality, after the tragedy,

in the city of Wuhan.

The play is set to tour to Malaysia and would take place in Studio Ramli Hassan, Jalan Tepian Tunku, Bukit Tunku, KL


‘Ulek Mayang’ (one of the oldest art forms in Malaysia) is a traditional Malay folk dance/tale, treasured by Malaysians. Synergizing the artistry of air artists VIVA Circus and musicians HANDS Percussion in narrating excerpts of this story not only promises a very interesting collaboration but will present visuals that audiences will find captivating.

Our first engagement with VIVA was during the 16th Hua Zong Literary Awards in 2022. SAKTI is our first full collaboration where we sought to merge our art forms to create a unique interpretation of this captivating folktale. It will be performed across the stage through aerial acrobatics and accompanied by contemporary music with drums, percussion, gamelan and other musical instruments.

Look forward to our drummers in a new challenge to express their artistry through expertly choreographed aerial acrobatics (using specialist fabrics) accompanied by new and rearranged Malay song compositions.

The show venue will take place at Stage 1, Petaling Jaya Performing Arts Centre – PJPAC, 1 Utama.

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