I've been meaning to write a lengthy, well-cited post on artistic events like this one show that I've been to (courtesy of Filzah), but you know me too well not to don't you? Damansara Performing Arts Centre held its d'Next Artist Project (DNA) season one a while back, and judging from its rave reception, they prolonged the series into a second one (and the application for third and fourth seasons is already open).
Season two was a compendium of four new works by young Malaysian arts companies, showcasing fresh talents from the nascent world of Malaysian performing arts. New works are central to DNA’s second season on stage: the programmes included a multi-layered and visceral dance theatre experience by Lee Ren Xin's “B.E.D.”; In Three Minds Theatre was out there to question our moral conscience with “Jade”; Glowing Planet Production's “The Little Prince” was experimenting with the integration of live actors and visual projection; and a hip-hop/musical theatre on stage by the Perassath Servai Vedagiri's “Love Knows No Gender”.
B.E.D by Lee Ren Xin
What began as a very tidy and comfortable mattress-scape dissolved quickly into chaos as the chapter advanced.
The Little Prince by Glowing Planet Production
Beyoncé's Super Bowl performance, perhaps?) and as the show progressed, seasoned-looking performers started to emerge.
My favourite character in this work was the stocky banker, with his effortless portrayal of an eccentric yet money-minded character, complete with British accent and all. I hope to see more of this guy's performances!
The work essentially tells the story of humanity: love and relationship, greed and narcissism vs selflessness. It's storyline, although rather simplistic in nature, is moral-laden, perhaps reflects the morally corrupt, fame-obsessed and money-chasing individuals in the society.
Jade by In Three Minds Theatre
Jade, by far is my favorite work of the showcase. It explores the psychological journey of Craig, a man convicted of raping his 12 year old school student. His best friend, and principal also struggles with the news and tries to figure out what was going through Craig’s mind at the time.
I could feel my heart palpitating at times, as the lines delivered were ever so passionate and effortless. I'd love to see more of these two actors in action in the future...
Love Knows No Gender by Perassath Servai Vedagiri
I felt compelled to stand up and shake to the beats of Perassath's well-chosen discography. Some parts were like watching a scene from Glee, and others could be a really good music video parody, worthy to generate thousands of Youtube views.
Kudos to all the performers at DNA, Season Two!
Word by Hafidzudin Zainal
Images by Filzah Athirah