Cultural Index: What to see and do this week (Feb 10-16)

A round-up of the best shows in the city.

Mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra will perform works by French romantic composer Hector Berlioz (Photo: Fleur Barron)

These are our top picks for the week of February 10 to 16. For more event listings and reviews, pick up a copy of Options at your nearest news stands.


Dancing in the Arms of Peninsular Malaysia
Earth, sky, land, sea and people form the spine of this dance production, conceived to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Batu Dance Theatre. Artistic director Vincent Tan Lian Ho turns to landscapes and natural elements, and flora and fauna to create traditional and contemporary dances that burst with the energy and vivacity of life. The performance will include a video projection of percussion and gamelan music and a violin performance. Alumni from the Klang-based company will take the stage again or lend a hand backstage, reinforcing its sentiment of “Everywhere’s Theatre, Everyone’s Dancing”.

The Platform, Menara KEN TTDI, Kuala Lumpur. Feb 14 & 15, 8.30pm; Feb 16, 3pm. RM68, RM88, RM108. Buy tickets here.


Berlioz: Obsession
Literary works inspired French romantic composer Hector Berlioz to tell big stories about passion through music. His The Damnation of Faust is based on the story of Faust, who forms a pact with the devil, while Les Troyens (The Trojans) draws from Virgil’s Aeneid. Mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron will sing arias from both works, and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Symphonie Fantastique, Berlioz’s ode to obsession and unrequited love, under the baton of Kees Bakels.

Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Tower Two, Petronas Twin Towers, KL. Feb 15, 8.30pm; Feb 16, 3pm. RM94, RM122, RM150, RM188. Buy tickets here.


Characteristics of Time
Thai artist Sittiphon Lochaisong, also known as Bomb, presents a solo display that will have viewers gazing at ambiguous dots as they ponder the nature of creation and existence, life, death and the good and bad that occur along the way. His stellar-scapes vary in size and luminosity as they connect man and his world through a continuous sense of motion and reflection.

G13 Gallery, GL13 Ground Floor, Block B, Kelana Square, Jalan SS7/26, Kelana Jaya, PJ. Feb 15-29. See here for more information.


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