11 — 14.05

Mark Teh / Five Arts Centre Kuala Lumpur

A Notional History

theatre — premiere

Centre Culturel Jacques Franck

Accessible for wheelchair users | English, Bahasa Malaysia → NL, FR, EN | ⧖ 1h15 | €18 / €15

Malaysia’s Barisan Nasional party ruled continuously from 1957, when the country gained independence, until 2018, the year it lost the elections and a new government was appointed for the first time in 61 years. From this watershed in Malaysia’s history, artist Mark Teh looks back at his country’s past. Working with a hybrid team of journalists, artists and activists, he turns his attention to the unfulfilled revolution of Malaysia’s exiled Communist party. Footage of an unfinished documentary tracking down the old Communist fighters in the jungle 40 years later brings us face to face with this tragic history. This is in sharp contrast to the way in which the previous governments had erased it from the history books. How do we draw lessons from a past obscured by blind spots and forgotten tragedies with censored episodes? How do we write together the pluralistic future of the new Malaysia? And how do we create togetherness when the country is torn apart by the pandemic?


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Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Centre Culturel Jacques Franck
Director: Mark Teh | Performers: Fahmi Reza, Faiq Syazwan Kuhiri, Rahmah Pauzi | Production Design: Wong Tay Sy | Lighting and Media Design: Syamsul Azhar | Stage Manager: Alison Khor | Surtitles and translation: Babel Subtitling
Production: June Tan | Executive Production: Five Arts Centre (Malaysia)
Coproduction: TPAM-Performing Arts Meeting Yokohama

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