Thursday, November 29, 2012

International Gala -Butoh & Dance

Ima Tenko (Japan)

Dancing in the In-Between

Life and death, the afterworld and the mundane world, heaven and earth, cruelty and compassion, stillness and motion, back and front…the point of contact, spaces between provides us the sensory experience of positive (realistic) beauty and dream and time and place.



Qudus Onikeku (Nigeria, France)

Qudus Onikeku has been invited by the “Festival d’Avignon” in France, to present his new creation in July 2013. This new project is the last part of a trilogy "Of Solitude, Alterity and Memory" which began with My Exile is in my Head (2009/2010) and continued with STILL/life (2011/2012). In a span of 5 years Qudus is able to touch on these existential questions that pave way to the discovery of the authentic self.


The Past, Presents and the Future, it is within this cycle of time that Qudus’ artistic preoccupations are caught; they remain the central theme within his works, showing the relationship with human memory and the past. With QADDISH Qudus takes on a journey of memory transmission with his 80 years old father, to explore the dualities of father/son and memory/amnesia, as well as the trinity of, background, middle-greound and foreground. With a special attention on the middle-ground, which is undramatic and unspectacular, is neither the origin of things nor the last things; is aware of a future to head into, and a past to fall back on; it is the home of doubt and indecision, of suspension, of disbelief, of playfulness, of the unpredictable and irony.


Special appearance ; Ming Low (Malaysia)
An exploration of movement and energy flow in relation to space, music and light.

Ticketing information:

Ticket availabilities:

 Call / walk-in: klpac @ Sentul Park - 03-4047 9000

TAS @ Lot 10 Shopping Centre, Level 8 - 03-2142 2009 / 03-2143 2009

 Walk-in: ILasso Tickets (A606, Block A, Phileo Damansara II, Petaling Jaya)

Enquiry line only: 03-7957 6088

Online purchase:


Legend of White Tiger & Marten - 白虎与貂的传奇 (talk讲谈)

Byakko Sha (1980-1994), an established butoh company on 1980s, a significance figure in the history of butoh. Performances of dissonance and confrontational let loose the depression that caused by the conventional constrain. It’s redemption of the soul as well as the curse and confess of human nature.

Ima Tenko, as one of the pioneer members of Byakko Sha performed butoh for 14 years. Later, she founded Ima Tenko + Kiraza in order to ascertain more possibilities in butoh performance.

You are cordially invited to be present at the sharing of the avant-garde veteran performer with her moving life and stories.

白虎社 Byako sha(1980-1994)是八十年代舞踏兴盛期的奇葩,亦是舞踏历史中的重要代表。

今貂子从廿岁开始就完全奉献了经历十四年的白虎社岁月,之后她成立了 [今貂子 + 倚罗社] 。


Butoh Fest 2012 - Workshops

For enquiries/  KL workshop registration:

010 3061 100 (Jess) / 012 656 0812 (Kuan Nam)

Penang workshops :
penangpac@ Tanjung Tokong, Straits Quay, Penang  04-8991 722 / 2722

Nyoba Kan - Butoh Workshop
conducted by Lee Swee Keong
-Expand the physical appearance
- generating the internal energy is the most fundamental attitude
- Experience the highlights in the dance drama CATAN KULIT

Ima Tenko -Butoh workshop
The method of training of Ima Tenko Butoh studio ( encountering your body through breathing techniques, basic Butoh exercises and Japanese traditional movement.) and short choreograph from Kiraza performance.

Agung Gunawan - Mask Dance Workshop
An introduction to classical Indonesian masked dance, fused with his own contemporary dance sensibility.

Foreign artists introduction:

Sunday, November 25, 2012


nyoba Kan has been invited by International School of Kuala Lumpur(ISKL) to perform for the TaPS (Theater arts Programme Symposium) on 29 Nov 2012 (thur).

This is an international events only for the participants which mainly consist of the students & teachers of IB theater from the International Schools of different countries.

This year, ISKL is the host of this magnificient event.

nyoba Kan is honoured to be invited as the 1st performer in their opening and also to give the workshops to the teachers & students.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Butoh Fest 2012 Events @ Penang

Dance drama - CATAN KULIT

由寿板舞踏呈献的《画皮》舞剧,续5月份的精彩演出深受好评后,决定让这出年度巨作再次登上“第5届国际寿板舞踏祭” 的舞台。

配合“第5届国际寿板舞踏祭”,由我国寿板舞踏艺术总监李瑞强及来自印尼的阿贡古纳弯(Agung Gunawan)编导的舞剧《画皮》,将于11月9日至12月9日,分别在吉隆坡、槟城及柔佛巡回演出。

舞剧《画皮》是构思自聊斋志异里的《画皮》,以舞蹈和戏剧,配上音乐及面具的魅力所创作的舞台剧。 戏中主角由丘冠南担挡,他以丰厚的舞台经验为您演绎神秘优雅的‘女鬼’。 演绎‘树 精’的刘翠婷则展现了撒野之能事,角色的发挥空间令人存有无限的想象空间。

舞剧描绘了幽灵和凡人之间的密切交关,在覆盖白膏的躯体,缓慢、抑制的移动。 《画皮》舞作融合了爪哇族群内在情操的经验,以及舞踏诗意却异己的肌体词汇,达到了神秘而扣人心弦的意境。编导经营了爪哇优雅的细致以及舞踏怪诞的隐喻,把《画皮》建构成另类国度的舞蹈,催促观众异想天开。

穆罕默德 阿尼斯 穆德 诺尔 教授
马来亚大学 舞蹈系

在22日预演当天, 我们也公开让摄影发烧友到来拍摄。 条件:必须拥有23日或24日晚的入门票。

Dance Drama- CATAN Kulit was a main production in May 2012. After received well response from
audience in Kuala Lumpur, this time we bring the full production to Penang on 23 & 24 November 2012.

The creation is based on the famous story, Liao Zhai wriiten by Pu Song Ling during Ching Dynasty in China. The book Liao Zhai has 16 volumes, replete with 491 stories, and CATAN KULIT (also known as "Painted Skin") is one of the story. This version of CATAN KULIT strives to use different traditional and modern dance techniques, as well as using masks. Indonesian based Agung Gunawan has been invited to collaborate with this production as co-choreographer and lead dancer.

Nyoba Kan's group leader, Kiea Kuan Nam, an experience dancer will be the misterious 'Ghost' and another member, Jess Liew will be the wildly 'Tree Fairy'.

"Mysterious and spellbinding, Catan Kulit or Painted Skin jointly choreographed by Lee Swee Keong and Agung Gunawan, combines Javanese sense of batin (inner-realm of inner-experience) with poetic but surreal choreographic language of Butoh into imageries of the macabre, where ghostly spirits and
mortals oscillates between the living and the dead. Performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion, nuances of Javanese alusan(refine) and Butoh’s grotesque metaphors, the choreographers transformed Catan Kulit into a dance of another state of being, a spectacle that teases the audience to imagine the unimagined……"

Professor Dr. Mohd Anis Md Nor,
Dance Department, University of Malaya.

A special pre-show photo session is opened to photography enthusiasts on 22 Novemeber 2012. The condition is they must have the show ticket on 23 or 24 November 2012.

ticket availabilities:

Call / walk-in:
penangpac@ Tanjung Tokong, Straits Quay, Penang 04-8991 722 / 2722
Walk-in: ILasso Tickets (A606, Block A, Phileo Damansara II, Petaling Jaya)
Enquiry line only: 03-7957 6088

Online purchase:

workshop/pre-show photo session registration : Call Kee How @ penangpac. 

Catan Kulit-Photography Exhibition by No.2 Photography


Monday, November 12, 2012

Foreign & guest Artists in Butoh Fest 2012

Agung Gunawan (Indonesia)

Agung Gunawan was born in Klaten, Central Jawa. After graduation graduating from the High School of Arts in Yogyakarta, he continued studies of Yogyakartanese classical dance in Surya Kencana and at the Kraton (Palace), where he still continues to perform. He studied other styles of Indonesian dance (Sumatranese, Betawian and Kalimantan) with Bagong Kusudiharjo and his contemporary with Miroto.

He is presently the Assistant Choreographer of the Miroto Dance Company and has toured with them to Holland, Belgium, Germany Africa and Indonesia, of course. With the company Padepokan Seni Bagong Kusudiharjo, of which he has travelled with, he has performed in Vermont, Boston and Washington DC in the USA.

He also has been a resident dance teacher, choreographer and performance in Bucharest, Romania. He is active in Indonesia with a contemporary music group led by the composer Vincent McDermott.

Recently, he completed work as assistant choreographer on “Opera Jawa”, a movie directed by Garin Nugroho. As a collaborator, he has also worked together with Nottle Theater Company and Tony Yap Company-“Palimpsest” (2007) and “Buddha My Body” (2008-2009) and performed in Indonesia, South Korea and Australia. With Ikko Suzuki - “Water Dimension” (2008) in Tokyo, Japan, Suzanne Tang (USA) -“Dancing Flute”(2010) in Bali, Indonesia, Sean O’Brian (Film maker-Australia) on Melancholy filming (2008). He also did performance “Les Javanais” in Udine, Italy.

Agung is director of “Manisrenggo Culture Festival” (Festival Bhumi Loh Jinawi 2010) and he is the founding director of “In the Arts Island’ Festival”, presented in 2010 and 2011.

Ima Tenko (Japan)

As a professional performing artist, Ima Tenko has created her own unique, integrated art practice. She incorporates traditional and contemporary Japanese awareness through combining the native Shinto rituals of Tamafuri with the avant-guard spirit of butoh. Both practices are focused around the energies that inhabit the body. “Tamafuri literally means the shaking of spirits and is aimed at activating souls and reviving one’s spirits”. Butoh as well, makes use of one’s entire being, aiming “to reach the wealth secreted in the deepest recesses of one’s body”.

Ima Tenko’s strength in both body and spirit is a powerful thing to witness. The combination of her presence with the environment she creates through costumes, music, folklore/myths and choreography elevates her work to a truly one-of-a-kind profound expression and experience.

Tenko-san has devoted her life to developing the unique vision manifested by her dance company, Kiraza. For over a quarter of a century she has performed in countries around the world as a solo artist as well as participating in other collectives and collaborations. A true living visionary.

Qudus Onikeku (Nigeria,France)

Born in Lagos in 1984, a graduate of Centre National des Art du Cirque. France. Qudus created a movement identity that fuses dance and acrobatics. Making his Yoruba culture his basis and combining it with several other influences such as hip hop, capoeira, and contemporary dance vocabularies. For more than a decade, Qudus is part of the new generation artistes known in Europe, Africa, the USA, Latin America and the Caribbean for his solo works and writings. He has been a major dancer in the creations of renowned artistes such as Heddy Maalem, Jean Claude Galotta, Sidi Larbi-Cherkaoui and Boritz Charmatz.

In 2004 Qudus created his first solo piece, Lost Face which marked the beginning of his solo career. He created Do we need cola cola to dance?, an alternative space project that toured in different African cities, from which he made a 54 minutes documentary film with the same title. This project gained recognition from the French government, European Commission, and also awarded a grant by the Prince Claus Funds in the Netherlands. He was offered a residency by the Bates College, Maine – USA in 2009 where he created I Must Set Forth, a prefiguration of his 2010 creation My Exile is in my Head. The piece gathered a remarkable success.

In 2011 Qudus was commissioned by Festival d’Avignon and SACD to create STILL/life, in collaboration with Damien Jalet as part of the Sujet a vif program of Festival d’Avignon. He was also invited by Gregory Maqoma to choreograph a new piece for his company in Johannesburg — We Dance We Pray, a piece for eight dancers and four musicians. He was commissioned by Union Musical to create Kaddish a fully musical solo dance piece with seven musicians and a singer, with the collaboration of the foremost Italian Opera director Davide Livermore, for Torino Danza 2011. In 2012 he created a duet Feeling Station with the Congolese Actor and playwright Dieudonné Nniangouna.

Qudus received several awards and recognitions since 2000, for his dynamic input to the dance world. He was named ‘The dancer of the year’ in Nigeria at the Future Awards 2009. He was awarded the 2010 laureate of ‘Danse l’Afrique danse’ in Mali. He was awarded the SACD Prize for the ‘New Choreographic Talent’ in France in June 2012.

Presently, he is an associate artiste of ‘Maison de la danse’ in Lyon, for MODUL DANCE network till 2014.

Photo: Isabela Figueiredo.

Ming Low (Malaysia)

Trained at the Central School of Ballet, London from 1986 to 1989.

He then danced professionally with B.W. Tanz Kompanie in Germany and Dance Theatre of Ireland in Dublin. Ming then based himself back in London and worked as an independent artist on a freelance basis with MZT Dance Company, Ricochet Dance Company and The Featherstonehaughs & Cholmondeleys. Along that he was also working with Compagnie Anonyme in Paris.

Ming then co-founded Bi Ma dance Company in 1991 with Loh Pit Fong with support from The Arts Council of England, The British Council, The Place Theatre in London and Dance City in Newcastle.

He has since then been performing with Bi Ma in pieces like ‘Beyond the Legend’, ‘Four Gestures’, ‘Sand’, ‘ Le dit de cheveux’, ‘The Secret’, ‘Chinese Takeaway’ and ‘From Soho to Shinjuku’. The company have toured extensively through out Europe, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, USA, Egypt and Eastern Europe.

In 1997, he created his first solo ‘Little Man’ for Bi Ma, in collaboration with the Belgian composer Geert Waegemann and Video Artist Steve Jackman. Following that in 1998 he created a duet ‘Bumming in Beijing’ with Chinese performer and film-maker Wu Wen Guang performing in Beijing, Amsterdam and UK. Ming then created another solo ‘Game Over’ which premiered at Dance City, Newcastle as part of their International Dance Festival 2008.

He was also involved in the West End musical production of the ‘King & I’ playing the principal role of ‘Simon of Le Gree’ and the acting part of ‘The interpreter’ in 2000 and 2001 at The London Palladium. The production then toured UK in 2002.

Relocated back to Malaysia in 2009, Ming have recently been involved in local dance productions ‘The Slave Princess’, ‘Siddharta - The Musical’, ‘The Lost& The Ecliptic’, a short duet in collaboration with Choo Tee Kuan ‘Cross words’ and ‘Kita – The Musical’. Currently teaches freelance Contemporary dance and ashtanga yoga.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

CATAN KULIT - Outdoor Performance 10 Nov 2012 (Video)

After received good response from the audience in May 2012 at Pentas 1, Klpac. This time, we bring part of the scenes of CATAN KULIT to the outdoor. A full-length dance drama-CATAN KULIT will be held in penangpac this time on 23 & 24 Nov 2012.
Ticket information to purchase the full-length performance:
Online purchase:
Call / walk-in:
penangpac@ Tanjung Tokong, Straits Quay, Penang  04-8991 722 / 2722

CATAN KULIT-Photo Exhibition (KL) - video

Nyoba Kan - Our Production (slide photos)

English Version

Chinese version