Nov 28 2011
What I like most about the performance arts scene in Kuala Lumpur is that virtually all tastes are catered for, from experimental jazz to comedy musicals. Few venues in Southeast Asia provide such a breadth of offerings as the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. Take December, for example, where the highlights include a Mandarin-language stage adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, and a children’s show based on the Disney movie, A Bug’s Life.
Concentrating on the more populist side of the mix (it is the festive season after all), KLPAC is putting on its biggest ever production, called Malaysian Girls, from December 10-30. The show’s story is based around a beauty pageant, and promises to be a fun mix of drama, comedy, classic musical numbers, and lots of high heels.
Tickets (40-110 ringgit) are already selling fast. If you miss Malaysian Girls in KL, it will also have a short run in Penang, from January 10-15 at the island’s new arts venue, Penangpac. The venue is a collaboration between KLPAC’s sister organisation, the Actors Studio, and the owners of the Eastern and Oriental Hotel. All performances are free there until the end of 2011.
Like KLPAC, the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (Petronas Philharmonic Hall) in KLCC mixes lighter and heavier offerings, although its often strict dress code (always ask before buying tickets), sits rather uneasily with the more populist offerings.
These include a concert based on the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein (December 10, 20:30; December 11, 15:00; 40-150 ringgit); and Hanamas (December 12, 20:30, 30 ringgit), a Japanese duo who combine pop with traditional music styles. For a full listing of events (and dress code) at Dewan Filharmonik follow this link.
If cabaret is more your cup of tea, then Alliance Francaise has organised two performances (December 2-3, 20:00) of the French duo Mondial Cabaret. Entrance to the shows, which blend drama, theatre, dance and music, are by donation (minimum 40 ringgit first performance, 20 ringgit on the second). For further details, follow this link.
For something completely different, as they say, how about experiencing a loud day (and night) of Malaysian rock? The Rock the World Adrenaline, at Stadium Merdeka (December 10, 10:00-23:00), promises to be KL’s best opportunity to get your ears blasted out, let your (long girly) hair down, and practise air guitar solos to your heart’s content. And all for just 30 ringgit. For ticket outlets, follow this link, or click here to buy online. No dress code is mentioned, but I suspect lounge suits will be about as welcome as jeans and trainers at Dewan Filharmonik.
Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre
Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, Kuala Lumpur
T: (03) 4047 9010 (enquiries); (03) 4047 9000 (box office)
3H-3A-1, Straits Quai, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, Penang
Dewan Filharmonik Petronas
Level Two, Tower Two, Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
T: (03) 2051 7008
Alliance Francaise KL
15 Lorong Gurney, Kuala Lumpur
T: (03) 2694 7880
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