A ten-year documentary theater project examining the history behind a nation’s creation
Bringing together ten years of work by Malaysia-based Mark Teh, 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. 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 Malaysian secret past while exploring the multifaceted nature of history.
- 2016 AUTUMN
- North Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
- English with Japanese surtitles
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mark Teh is a director, curator and researcher whose diverse projects are particularly engaged with the issues of history, memory and the urban context. His collaborative work is situated primarily in performance and education, but also operates via exhibitions, new media, writing and social interventions. He graduated with an MA in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London, and currently teaches at the Department of Performance & Media, Sunway University. Teh is also a member of Five Arts Centre, a collective of artists, activists and producers based in Malaysia.
|Performers||Anne James, Imri Nasution, Faiq Syazwan Kuhiri, Fahmi Fadzil|
|Creative producer||June Tan|
|Production designer||Wong Tay Sy|
|Visual projection designer||Fahmi Reza|
|Lighting designer||Syamsul Azhar|
|Surtitles translation||Tomoyuki Arai|
|Stage manager||Hoe Hui Ting|
|Production assistant / tour manager||Vivian War|
|Commissioned by||Asian Culture Complex Theatre (South Korea)|
|Executive Producer||Five Arts Centre (Malaysia)|
|Co-produced by||Asian Culture Centre –Theatre (South Korea), Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2016 Executive Committee (Japan), Kyoto Experiment|
|Stage manager||So Ozaki|
|Stage carpenter||Masami Banda|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|