KLPac open day

January 20, 2009

home85resIt’s my favourite part of the city, and I take every opportunity to visit.  An oasis in the middle of the city, a serene purpose-built park around defunct railway buildings, and its ruins dramatically dot the landscape, with wide open spaces, swans in the ponds, empty archways as art forms, and the lone tree.

The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center stands in its center, as a converted old building, enmeshing the old & the new, retaining the flavour of its brick past with stainless steel railings & large glass panes.

 On Sunday they had an open day, for which we arrived late, but caught glimpses of the KLPac idol(self-explanatory) in the main foyer. I hung around, repelled by the pop songs the contestants chose to sing, but impressed with the professionalism and gratified with the lack of camp that accompanies these things.  Elsewhere, I spotted plays enacted on the lawn, there were photography studios conducting classes,  tap dance instructors teaching its techniques.  We participated in a percussion session, handed sticks and drums when we came in- at its start, everyone just banged away, and slowly the cacophony gave way to a constant rhythm.  An instructor stepped in to conduct, seperating the room into different beats, starting & stopping, varying speeds, to great effect.

Later, I bought dvds from a stand on films made by Malaysian directors.




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