Mark Teh

Baling

Mark Teh, Baling, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue

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.

Mark Teh, Baling, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Mark Teh, Baling, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Mark Teh, Baling, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Mark Teh, Baling, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Mark Teh, Baling, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Mark Teh, Baling, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Mark Teh, Baling, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Mark Teh, Baling, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Mark Teh, Baling, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Mark Teh, Baling, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Mark Teh, Baling, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue
YEAR
2016 AUTUMN
DATES
10.22(Sat)-10.24(Mon)
VENUE
North Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
DURATION
100min.
LANGUAGE
English with Japanese surtitles
CITY
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
CATEGORY

Mark Teh

https://about.me/markteh

www.fiveartscentre.org

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.

DirectorMark Teh
PerformersAnne James, Imri Nasution, Faiq Syazwan Kuhiri, Fahmi Fadzil
Creative producerJune Tan
Production designerWong Tay Sy
Visual projection designerFahmi Reza
Lighting designerSyamsul Azhar
Surtitles translationTomoyuki Arai
Stage managerHoe Hui Ting
Production assistant / tour managerVivian War
Commissioned byAsian Culture Complex Theatre (South Korea)
Executive ProducerFive Arts Centre (Malaysia)
Co-produced byAsian Culture Centre –Theatre (South Korea), Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2016 Executive Committee (Japan), Kyoto Experiment
In Kyoto
Stage managerSo Ozaki
Stage carpenter Masami Banda
LightingKosuke Ashidano
SoundAyumi Okubo
VideoKotaro Konishi
CostumesAtsuko Kiyokawa
Presented byKyoto Experiment