Special apperance - Bernard Goh 吴圣雄（Hands Percussion's Artistic Director手集团艺术总监)
Other guest performances:
Eric Ng Goh Kwang
The only dance theatre who focuses on the Japanese dance art Butoh in Malaysia Nyoba Kan presents Painted Skin in May 2012.
Led by Lee Swee Keong, Nyoba Kan has been bringing the most avant-garde and yet absurdist pieces to their audiences. Almost every show becomes the talk of the town. In order to promote the dance form, for the past 4 years, Nyoba Kan has successfully organized the International Butoh Festival in Kuala Lumpur.
Nyoba Kan always uses Chinese folklore as the base of this creation. It differs from what films and stage productions usually do: straight re-telling of these stories in different ways. This version of CATAN KULIT(Painted Skin) strives to use different traditional and modern dance techniques, through these of masks and puppets, to present the work. indonesian based Agung Gunawan has been invited to collaborate with them on this project.
The book Liao Zhai is author Pu Song Ling's most important work. The book series has 16 volumes, replete with 491 stories. The stories were adapted into Chinese opera, film, dance and drama, where well-known characters such as Painted Skin, Nie Xiao Qian, the evil monk, and the fox wife have been re-interpreted by contemporary directors.
Lee Swee Keong is adept in using stage craft to present the characters, where the real and virtual collide, allegories and paradoxes co-exist and larger than life directorial techniques -- all coming together to shape the theatre space. He will work the piece from within and re-create the necessary in order to give audience's a strong theatrical experience, not to mention to allow audience to re-think about moral values. The messages within is valuable resource to both performers and audiences alike, to excavate the real and beautiful within. Pu Song Ling's Liao Zhai took values from life too: honesty in the educated, helping people, work diligently, changing for the better, and also to give up evil for humanity, depose greediness and self-deprecation, treating everybody well, and keep to promises with others.
Besides Agung Gunawan, this Nyoba Kan production also sees principal dancer Kiea Kuan Nam, and Jess Liew, guest dancer Boyz from Hands Percussion, and alternative musician Gideon Alubakhan, not to mention well-known lighting designer Loh Kok Man. Besides being a dancer, Kiea Kuan Nam also doubles up as the costume designer.
"We believe that each and every mask said got its own character and meaning. The mask has got great energies. We hope that different masks could exude different body movements, anchoring on the impulse of dance. This is will heighten the drama in the theatre."