Monday, May 5, 2008

The Curse of the Forbidden Palace . 2007

The Boh Cameronian Arts Award 2007 Nomination

Best Feature Performer: Kiea Kuan Nam
Best Group Performance: Nyoba Kan Ensemble

The Curse of the Forbidden Palace is based on the dramatic life story of Empress Dowager CHI XI, a concubine-turned-despot who ruled over the last years of the Qing Dynasty, and was considered responsible for the downfall of Imperial China.

Recalling the many power-mad individuals in today’s society, this production presents the Empress in three tableaus: a strong-willed puppet-master in the court, a lady at play in her private garden, and a woman standing on the roof of the Forbidden Palace, surveying all that she has – and hasn’t.

This multi disciplinary production is curated by experimental arts troupe Nyoba Kan. Aiming to pioneer new forms of dance theatre in Malaysia, Nyoba Kan pulls together new set of artists from various disciplines, each acclaimed in his own field, to search for new possibilities in performing art in this production.

In conjunction with the opening of The Annex, Central Market, guest artists are encouraged to explore the space of the new arts venue in their own artistic language.

Occupying all three rooms of the Top Floor of The Annex, The Curse of the Forbidden Palace features butoh dance, performance art, original music, light installation, art installation and other artistic possibilities.

Production Team

Artistic Director . Lee Swee Keong    

Presenter . Nyoba Kan    

Production Manager . Jason Lai    

Graphic Designer . Patrick Yap    

English Copy Writer . Pang Kee Teck    

Chinese Copy Writer . Caecar Chong    

Coordinator . Kiea Kuan Nam    

Photographer . Patrick Yap + Shashin Club


Lee Swee Keong . Butoh Dancer + Calligraphy Artist

Kiea Kuan Nam . Butoh Dancer

Caecar Chong . Butoh Dancer + Installation Artist

YC Ooi . Vocalist + Mover

Ng Chor Guan . Composer

Loh Kok Man . Lighting Installation Artist

Au Sow Yee . Video Installation Artist

Berg Lee . Stylist

photographer. wee ling. kelab shashin

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