Hope means different things to different people. For leprosy patients who were ill, abandoned by their family, and left to see the end of their life in one place, hope is no more than just a simple reunion meal with their long-lost family members.
As part of Damansara Performing Arts Centre’s (DPAC) annual arts festival, HANDS Percussion’s collection of events collectively named Opium has decided to use the alternative spaces in the establishment to present a series of music performances with a tinge of artistic expression. There were four sections: Tunnel of Memories, Fake Freedom, Drumbeat of Pain, and The Finale. Each performance is presented to free-standing audiences in a proscenium stage format. Novelty seems to be main selling point in this collection of events. According to the programme booklet, the events reflect the artistic expressions of Malaysian and French artists. The artistic director of the event is Bernard Goh.
‘Scabs’ debuted last night at KLPAC with a small cast and a respectable audience turnout. I was pleasantly surprised that the play turned out to be strangely brave and had a resonant quality as I had been apprehensive about its content.
There was a scene with a chair, and a person with body painted in white, struggling and shouting. As if the scene was depicting my feelings at that time, the music that was accompanying it somehow relaxed my tensed body. That was the beauty of the Japanese Butoh, which originated from the fifties in Japan responding to the effects of the war.