These are our top picks for the week of June 24 to 30. For more event listings and reviews, pick up a copy of Options at your nearest news stands.
For his first solo exhibition in Malaysia, Afghan artist Amin Taasha presents a range of watercolour, mix-media and sculpted pieces infused with Greco-Buddhist sensibilities. The works are considered the artist’s personal understanding of the world’s relentless preoccupation with his country, be it past or present. Viewers will be transported back in time and witness the romanticisation of the Kushan Kingdom abridged with the complexities of modern-day Afghanistan.
Richard Koh Fine Art, 229 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, KL. June 26 to July 13. See here for more info.
Giuseppe Verdi — La Traviata
The Kuala Lumpur City Opera (KLCO) presents La Traviata, an opera in three acts by legendary composer Giuseppe Verdi. Set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, the opera revolves around Violetta Valéry, a beloved Parisian courtesan who suffers from a life-threatening illness. KLCO’s talented cast will be supported by 50 members of the KL City Opera Chorus alongside a 24-player orchestra ensemble conducted by Juan Montoya.
Klpac, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Sentul, KL. June 27-30, 8pm. RM128, RM148, RM168. Buy tickets here.
Monologues: Emily of Emerald Hill
Watch Pearlly Chua bring Stella Kon’s award-winning play, Emily of Emerald Hill to life in this introspective one-woman show. Emily will confide in the audience, exposing the secrets of her mind and sharing her struggles as the matriarch of a distinguished Peranakan household in Singapore.
The Play Haus, 2-01 Pearl Shopping Gallery, Jalan Klang Lama, KL. June 28, 8pm; June 29-30, 3pm & 8pm. RM88. Buy tickets here.