May 24 2011

June performing arts highlights in Kuala Lumpur

Published by at 6:34 am under Events

Following the burst of artistic activity that accompanies the French Art and Film Festival in Kuala Lumpur every May, June can seem like a bit of a quiet month when it comes to the performing arts. Fortunately for resident and visiting culture buffs alike, the KL Performing Arts Centre, together with the Actors Studio, have come up with an interesting selection of offerings for June. Here are some of the highlights.

World's Best Movies turns Japanese.

World’s Best Movies
All three movies in June come from Japan, by arguably its two greatest directors, Takeshi Kitano and Akira Kurosawa. First up, on June 4, is Kids Return (1996), a film about the ups and downs of two school drop-outs. Also written and directed by Kitano, Kikujiro (1999) is a bittersweet road movie about two kids looking for their respective parents. It’s showing on June 11. Finally, on June 18, is Kurosawa’s last great work, Ran (1985), an epic re-imagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear combined with Japanese legend. Take advantage of this rare treat to see this masterpiece on the big screen. All three movies will be shown at Indicine (KLPAC), at 20:30. Tickets are by donation, with all proceeds going to the relief fund for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March.

Dance girl, dance!

Nitya Sumangali (The Eternal Wife)
This dance show tells the story of a girl in ancient India, who becomes a devadasi, literally the wife of a Hindu god, in this case Shiva. As part of the tradition, devadasis had various artistic and ceremonial duties. But many were also forced into prostitution. Nitya Sumangali mixes together classical Indian and contemporary dance. It will be shown in Pantas 2 (KLPAC), from June 22-25, at 20:30, with a final showing at 15:00 on June 26. Tickets for the first performance are 13 ringgit, with the rest of the shows costing 25 ringgit.

Crazy mixed up kids.

For something completely different, try Fused at the Actors Studio, a week of experimental performances and workshops, from June 14-19. It includes an evening of improvised comedy (June 14; 20:30), a singer-songwriter music performance (June 15; 20:30), and a presentation of Malaysian made short films (June 19; 15:00). Entrance to all the shows is by a minimum donation of 10 ringgit. Follow this link for more information.

While the Actors Studio is handily placed in the centre of Bukit Bintang, KLPAC is in a rather trickier location. It’s feasible to get to by public transport (the nearest station is Sentul on the KTM Komuter network), but it’s an awful lot easier by taxi.

Hard to find, but worth the effort.

Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre
Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, Kuala Lumpur
T: (03) 4047 0910 (enquiries); (03) 4047 0900 (box office)

The Actors Studio @ Lot 10
The Rooftop, Level 8A, Lot 10 Shopping Centre, 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
T: (03) 2142 2009 (box office)

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