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.
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