Samar-samar is a work in progress based on two different plays by Fasyali and Iefiz which were performed separately but shared the same theme of unspoken love. Ingatan (Remembrance) which was first performed in 2017 and Baba (Father) in 2014 talk about the complex relationship between father and son. Samar-samar will continue to explore this unspoken love bond, which exists but cannot be seen. The complexity in this patriarchal society and system will be explored in a 20-minute theatrical presentation.
Fasyali Fadzly is an educator, director, playwright and writer. After dropping out from computer science, he then chose theatre and pursued his dream to commit and develop Malaysian theatre from the grassroots. An MFA graduate from University of Calgary, Canada, he often tackles his work in satirical manner. He believes, comedy allows many convention and innovation not just in playwriting but also in finding new form. He wrote and directed his own play – Teater Juta-Juta (Theatre of Millions) which won for Best Director, Best Original Script and Best Ensemble Performance in the Boh Cameronian Arts Award 2014, Berani Mati (Suicide Game), Kotak Hitam (Idiot Box), Kawan-kawan Yang Kita Suka (Friends that We Love) and directed several plays from other playwrights such as Oedipus, ‘Art’ and Jebat. In 2017, he was invited to involve in One Table Two Chairs Meeting in Tokyo and staged a 20-minute show titled Ingatan at Za-Koenji Public Theatre, Tokyo. He also writes theatre-related articles and reviews and was published in local and international web portal. He occasionally acts for feature films, short films, commercial and TV programmes. One of his short films that he wrote and acted, Skodeng: Kebenaran Yang Nakal won Best Film, Best Script and Best Director for KL 48 Hours Film Project and represented Malaysia for International 48 hours Film Project in Miami 2010. Recipient of ASWARA Academic Scholarship Award, he is now serves as lecturer at The National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage of Malaysia (ASWARA).
Iefiz Alaudin was introduced to the performing Arts when he joined Tunas Budaya at a young age. He had the opportunity to work with renowned directors like Rahim Razali, Hatta Azad Khan, Ahmad Yatim, Rosminah Tahir, Kee Thuan Chye, Namron, Adlin Aman Ramli, Rohani Yousof, Marlia Musa etc. In 2009 he graduated as best theatre student of ASWARA and went on to further his studies at Middlesex University in the UK. After that, with the aid of a scholarship from ASWARA, he obtained an MA in Movement Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London. His works in theatre includes involvement in Swordfish + Concubine, Langkau, Ribut, Baba, Family Business, Jenin, Tujuh Hari Juhari, Jerebu etc. He is now a lecturer in theatre at National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage. In 2018, after years of working together, Iefiz co-founded Main Theatre with Fasyali Fadzly and Nawfal Zamri that aims to produce collaborative, contemporary and cutting-edge works.
Starting from a question of how dangdut - Indonesian popular music that combines the beats of Malay-Indian pop music and Arabic tunes - influences the dangdut movement. Ayu initiates her research by archiving joged (dance movement) performed by dangdut audience in the Gabusan local craft market, Yogyakarta. The archiving is conducted by firstly embodying the so-called joged dangdut as performed by the audience. Ayu observes how this embodiment process takes place in her own body trained in traditional and contemporary dance technique, a very different sensibility from joged dangdut. The aim is to familiarise with the modes and vocabulary of joged dangdut movement, as well as to observe the bodily reaction towards joged dangdut, for instance the relaxing effect, pleasure, etc. Some questions arising from this research deal with the audience's perspective and society-at-large towards the dangdut singer - usually a sensual, sexy-clad young lady - up to the societal development intertwined with those of the dangdut itself. However, for this presentation, Ayu focuses on sharing her experience of archiving the joged dangdut through embodiment.
19 July (Thu), 19:00-22:30