The 6 Nominated Shows That Are The Best of The 16th BOH Cameronian Awards
Honouring the most memorable and impactful art performances from last year, BOH Cameronian Awards is back in its 16th year with categories recognising among others; the vision in set design and catchy musical numbers. With the ceremony or the nicknamed, the Cammies just around the corner (April 28), we asked the theatre directors and artists of the Best of 2018 about their shows and why their story is significant.
"It had been ages since a story stirred such strong emotions in me, until 'OlaBola'", stated director and producer Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina, "The movie really touched me and made me want to create something equally as inspiring, in a medium that I know best, musical theatre. I visualised Istana Budaya’s Panggung Sari theatre transforming into the historic Stadium Merdeka in 1980, with 360 surround sound re-creating the exciting atmosphere of that unforgettable historic match when Malaysia qualified for the Olympics."
She added, "I wanted the audience to be so emotionally invested in the story and the characters, that they would willingly suspend disbelief and imagine they were in a stadium cheering every time the Harimau Malaya scored a goal. This is the united, multicultural Malaysia we must be. The rest hopefully will go down in Malaysian musical theatre history."
Artistic and managing director Khairi Anuar elaborated about the play 'IQ. Rock' that champions education; "The story of 'IQ.Rock' comes from an honest place, I guess that's why people can relate to the story, despite the play is set in a FELDA, when most of the audience members are not from that setting."
"The story displays real people, living a real life, facing a real conflict, hanging out with a real best friend, and being taught by a real teacher. I can say this for sure, you can bring 'IQ.Rock' to be staged anywhere else in the world, but people can always tell that this truly is, a Malaysian story, our story."
3/6 Dear Molly
Inspired by the playwright and director Chee Ken's solo backpacking trip to Europe, the plot is deviced upon "Deep internal conversations (the playwright had) throughout the journey as such, these multitudes of feelings and turmoils were transformed into lines, visuals and symbols within the play."
"This play is a major leap for Greenhopper Theatre as it has been producing Children's Theatre and Performance Training since it was founded by Grace Looi in 2008. 2018 was a fruitful year for Greenhopper Theatre and we are looking forward to venture into multifaceted creations and possibilities in the future."
These multitudes of feelings and turmoils were transformed into lines and visuals.
4/6 Hoong Siamang Hoong
In directing a puppet show based on the legend of a black furry gibbon in the forest, Chang Wei Loy stated, "It is a clear feeling that I was creating in this play. I have always reminded myself to be humble and learn."
"Through this creative opportunity, I've known the beautiful legends belonging to this land. During the production, many people have helped, especially those from the birthplace of this myth. The beautiful myths and traditional lifestyles handed down by the Temuan people have inspired us a lot."
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5/6 American Tapestry
Artistic director Eric Lee thanked the production team and those who support the concert which celebrates the works of Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein, “We began our journey two years ago. Short lived, but left lasting impact on our hearts and minds. We improved as an individual as well as a team each time being together with every single one's effort."
"To audiences, your support and encouragement help us move forward. We love to perform for your presence and applause. To the pianist Misa Yamamoto and all musicians, your playing has made great connection with different individuals and touched everyone's heart. My appreciation goes to everyone of you who has turned this musical dream into what we all own today."
6/6 Eight Twelve
Guzheng master, Sara Heng described the concert as, "In line with our aim to explore and to create new perspectives by fusing eastern and western musical elements, 'Eight Twelve's self-titled debut concert was crafted to be multi-dimensional by combining instrumental music with visual arts and dance."
"It was a result of a lot of careful thoughts and hardships from our production team and the whole concert experience had enriched us in many ways. It was undoubtedly the defining #mulanyadisini moment for 'Eight Twelve'; we were thrilled to receive such enthusiastic responses and we will continue to give our best to the performing arts scene in Malaysia."
To create new pespectives by fusing eastern and western musical elements.