A ten-year documentary theater project examining the history behind a nation’s creation
Founded in the 1980s, Five Arts Centre in Malaysia is led by activists and producers, and has established a significant presence on the local scene. The director of Baling, Mark Teh, wears many hats: as a member of Five Arts Centre, as a theater director, and as a curator and researcher.
This performance deals with the Baling Talks that were held in 1955 between the Federation of Malaya government and Malayan Communist Party in an attempt to bring an end to the Malayan Emergency. Mark Teh has been developing a series of documentary performances since 2005, based on the actual transcripts of the talks. This version at Kyoto Experiment is the culmination of his work.
Over the course of a reenactment of the talks using news footage and the transcripts, the performers also examine the process by which history is constantly changing and being revised through interweaving ideas about how the image of the Communist leader Chin Peng as a “public enemy” was created. The four performers are also activists themselves and present the work within the contexts of their own beliefs and backgrounds. Looking back to an event that took place 60 years ago, the documentary performance vividly intersects with situations today, unearthing Malaysia’s secret past while exploring the multifaceted nature of history.
Theater reception opens 1h prior to the performance
North Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
13 Okazaki Saishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
10 min. walk from Exit 1, Higashiyama Station, Kyoto Municipal Subway
Performed in English with Japanese surtitles
|Adult||Adv. ¥3,000 / Day ¥3,500|
|Youth, Student||Adv. ¥2,500 / Day ¥3,000|
|Senior||Adv. ¥2,500 / Day ¥3,000|
|High School Student
|Adv. ¥1,000 / Day ¥1,000|
Youth tickets → Up to 25
Senior tickets → 65 & Up