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Tabung Dana Astro – Krishen Jit Anugerahkan 5 Geran Kepada Para Penggiat Seni Malaysia

Sebahagian daripada komitmen berterusan bagi menyokong seni landskap Malaysia, Astro dengan kerjasama Five Arts Centre telah menganugerahkan geran yang bernilai RM 34,000 kepada five (5 ) penggiat seni Malaysia melalui Tabung Dana- Krishen Jit Astro. Diilhamkan oleh teater legenda Allahyarham Dato’ Krishen Jit, dana yang terkumpul selama beberapa tahun lalu telah diberikan kepada 49 penggiat seni tempatan dengan jumlah pengeluaran kini mencecah RM 361,000.

Sebanyak 5 geran telah dianugerahkan kepada para penggiat seni tempatan seperti, Agnes Le Agama, Anrie Too dan Kelvin Wong, Christine May Yong, Lim Pei Ern, dan Ridhwan Saidi. Tahun ini, peruntukan sebanyak RM34,000 diagihkan kepada penerima geran antara RM2,000 hingga RM20,000 untuk menjayakan bermacam-macam bengkel latihan.

Tabung Dana Astro – Krishen Jit Anugerahkan 5 Geran Kepada Para Penggiat Seni Malaysia

Tan Sri Datuk Norliza Rofli, Pengarah di Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian, Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan Malaysia yang juga panel pemilihan dana ini berkata, “Kita dapat lihat dana ini ini dilabur secara terus kepada seni landskap Malaysia yang kini semakin berkembang aktif dan maju kerana dapat bekerjasama dengan penggiat seni Malaysia yang telah membawa karya-karya kreatif yang segar untuk dipaparkan dikaca TV mahupun secara langsung. Kami teruja kerana pihak Astro sendiri melaksanakan sebuah komitmen sebegini untuk terus menyokong industri kesenian Malaysia.”

Lim Pei Ern yang menerima RM8,000 berkata, “Saya sangat gembira kerana dipilih sebagai salah seorang penerima. Tabung Dana – Krishen Jit ini menunjukkan sokongannya terhadap projek Nyanyian Bumi. Ini adalah projek kolektif bersama para penari serantau, melibatkan saya sendiri yang mewakili Malaysia, Aco Ridwan (Indonesia), dan Atsushi Heki (Jepun) yang berkongsi perbezaan dalam latar belakang dan budaya, menyiapkan beberapa konsep dalam tiga dimensi yang berbeza. Projek ini dapat menyaksikan persamaan dalam tradisi yang dipraktikkan melalui lagu, tarian, ritual, dan sebagainya serta melakar inspirasi lagu-lagu tradisional Sulawesi Selatan. ”

Tabung Dana Astro- Krishen Jit ini akan digunakan untuk pelbagai jenis latihan termasuklah khusus latihan, latihan amali, produksi eksperimen, penulisan, atau mewujudkan persekiraran baharu dalam bidang muzik, tarian, teater, penulisan, kraf, seni visual atau prestasi yang membantu penerima geran untuk mencapai cita-cita mereka dalam bidang kesenian. Inisiatif ini berhasrat untuk mengekalkan semangat kreatif Krishen Jit yang hidupnya bersuluhkan kesenian terutamanya kepada generasi kini.

Senarai ahli panel pemilihan untuk Tabung Dana Astro- Krishen Jit 2017:

• Tan Sri Datuk Norliza Rofli – Pengarah, Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian, Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan Malaysia.
• Jolyn Gasper – Penolong Naib Presiden Kanan, Tanggungjawab Korporat, Hal Ehwal Masyarakat, Astro.
• Leow Puay Tin – Penyelidik dan penulis skrip, Universiti Sunway.
• Ravi Navaratnam – Wakil dari Five Arts Centre.
• Mac Chan – Wakil dari Five Arts Centre.

Tahun ini, Tabung Dana Astro- Krishen Jit telah menerima sebanyak 45 permohonan untuk projek-projek dalam tarian, teater, filem, video, penerbitan, seni visual, muzik, animasi, pendidikan, latihan dan kerja yang penuh berdisiplin.

INFORMATION ON THE 2017 GRANTEES

AGNES LEE AGAMA

The Grant: RM8,000
The Project: Eco Art Connects Interactive Art Installation
The project will support independent local artists from a range of sectors to mount the Eco Art Connects interactive art installation of about 10 art pieces and eco-sculptures that incorporate reusable, recyclable and in-organic materials, such as scrap metal, plastic, glass, branches, leaves, plants and fabric.
Dr Agnes Lee Agama is an Environmental Anthropologist based in Sabah who has been at the interface of indigenous communities and conservation policy and best practice for over 20 years. In 2012, she founded the non-profit organisation Melapi, so that people from diverse backgrounds could co-create and deliver the Borneo Eco Film Festival’s programmes that showcase environmental films, engage urban youth in citizen-led sustainability initiatives, and enable rural communities to make short films that articulate their views and aspirations. These programmes use artistic expressions in storytelling and filmmaking to engage Sabahan communities in conversations about our environmental and social values.
Contact: Agnes Lee Agama +6 019 583 1539 / 088 394671 / [email protected] / [email protected]

ANRIE TOO and KELVIN WONG

The Grant: RM8,000
The Project: The Emerging Directors Lab
The Emerging Directors Lab is a training progamme for young directors. This year-long programme offers early-career directors with a conducive, yet challenging space to hone, sharpen and personalize their craft. Directors are challenged to reflect Theatresauce’s vision of edgy theatre that engages and exhilarates local audiences.
Anrie Too supports fundraising for Theatresauce. By day, Anrie fundraises for the needy and by night she is an actor, singer, host and model currently pursuing her Masters of Performing Arts. Anrie’s theatre performances to date are Titus Adronicus, The Vagina Monologues and Rashomon, to name a few. Her musical performances include I have a Date with Spring, Sinbad and Kiss of the Spider Woman, amongst others. Anrie has also acted in independent movies such as Train Station, recently screened at the GSC International Theatre. Being briefly under the tutelage of Phillippe Gaulier has fanned Anrie’s passion for performing arts more than ever.
Kelvin Wong is a director, educator and founder of Theatresauce. He was director-in-residence at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre from 2009 to 2012 where he designed, devised and directed productions across Malaysia and Singapore. A recurring nominee at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, Kelvin also taught theatre extensively in schools and corporate organizations. He currently chairs the performing arts program at Sunway University, under the Department of Performance and Media. Upcoming: Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, Hideki Noda’s The Bee. Kelvin also trains directors under Theatresauce’s Emerging Directors Lab program. MFA Directing: The Theatre School at DePaul University, Chicago.
Contact: Anrie Too +6 017 620 6620 / [email protected]
Kelvin Wong +6 011 1126 4634 / [email protected]

CHRISTINE MAY YONG

The Grant: RM5,000
The Project: A teaching and learning space for Kelantanese music and performance.
This project seeks to create a teaching and learning space of Kelantanese music and performance forms, by local Kelantanese musicians, for their community and interested parties. Created and coordinated by Kumpulan Kesenian Warisan Kemunchup Machang, a local group of Kelantanese artists, this project aims to teach these Kelantanese forms to the younger generation.
Christine May Yong is PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology currently based at Wesleyan University, USA. In 2013, she was selected as a recipient of the Fulbright Malaysian Graduate Study and Research Program, which allowed her to pursue her doctoral studies on the practice and development of Wayang Kulit in Malaysia. She recently completed 2 years of fieldwork in Kelantan, where she met and engaged with numerous practitioners of Wayang. She believes in collaborative efforts between cultural practitioners and researchers at the grassroots and academe, where one empowers the other through rhizomic efforts to ensure the sustainability and viability of performance traditions.

Contact: Christine May Yong +6 012 636 0232 / [email protected]

LIM PEI ERN
The Grant: RM8,000
The Project: Nyanyian Bumi
Nyanyian Bumi is a collective project with dancers, Aco Ridwan (Indonesia), Lim Pei Ern (Malaysia) and Atsushi Heki (Japan), sharing their differences in background and culture, working on the idea and concept of Body in three different dimensions. The project looks at the similarities in traditions practiced (songs, dances, rituals, etc.) and draws inspiration from the traditional chanting of South Sulawesi.
Lim Pei Ern grew up in Sabah, Malaysia. She completed Advanced II in RAD Ballet, and represented her state in the Malaysian Sport Games, SUKMA 2006 in Rhythmic Gymnastics. She graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with First Class Honours (BA) in Dance. She was invited to dance for Odyssey Dance Theatre in 2012 and has since danced for international choreographers such as Wu Yi San (Taiwan/Hong Kong), Akiko Kitamura (Japan), Marie Gabrielle Rotie (United Kingdom), Inma Marin (Spain), Paula Rosolen (Germany) and UnYamada (Japan). She performed for John Mead Dance Company and was taken in as an apprentice for 2nd Company with T.H.E Dance Company Singapore. Pei Ern was with DPAC Dance Company, Kuala Lumpur since 2015. In 2017, she works independently as a full-time artist.
Contact: Lim Pei Ern +6 011 3142 9974 / [email protected]

RIDHWAN SAIDI
The Grant: RM5,000
The Project: Teater Modular
Teater Modular is a series of offbeat playlets by Ridhwan Saidi. 4 playlets it will be staged together. After three rounds of staging, making the total playlets 12, the final full play with 13 playlets (one extra playlet as a window to all the 12 playlets, tentatively like Arabian Nights), will be staged.
Ridhwan Saidi who graduated with a BSc in Architecture, is a Malaysian novelist and playwright. He started writing seriously in 2008 when he initiated the blog Binfilem where he wrote about film and architecture, among other things. He runs an indie publishing outfit Moka Mocha Ink (mokamochaink.com) which focuses on contemporary Malay fiction. He is part of the LiteraCity research team, a literary mapping project of Kuala Lumpur. He was selected for a residency programme at the ASEAN Literary Festival 2016 and Makassar International Writers Festival 2017. Currently he’s working on Teater Modular, a series of offbeat playlets.
Contact: Ridhwan Saidi + 6 012 228 8772 / +65 8822 7635 / [email protected]

HISTORY OF GRANTEES

In 2006, the Fund received 80 applications. The 3 grantees were:

• Au Sow Yee for The 4th Dimension: Mapping The Imaginary Cinema, a film installation and performance.
• Sharon Chin for Sensors: Banned Books & Other Monsters, an interactive installation and exhibition.
• Dr. Ray Langenbach – for Malaysian Performance Video Archives Project.

In 2007, the Fund received 27 applications. The 3 grantees were:

• Amir Muhammad for the film Punggok Rindukan Bulan.
• Hardesh Singh and CH Loh for the CD Faith Hope Chaos: Malaysian Contemporary Music Vol. 1 anthology.
• Lim Kok Yoong for Let Arts Move You, an exhibition and engaged arts project in commuter trains and train stations.

In 2008, the Fund received 47 applications. The 4 grantees were:

• Carolyn Lau for The Light Show exhibition.
• Chris Chong for the film Karaoke.
• Fahmi Reza for the Projek Hari Hartal documentation project.
• FINDARS collective for The Rain Project, a series of monthly experimental arts presentations.

In 2009, the Fund received 59 applications. The 5 grantees were:

• Beverly Yong for a major book of essays on Malaysian art.
• Fauzi Yusoff for Satu Hari, an audio-visual documentary.
• Pentas Project for A Word in A Year, a collaborative theatre project.
• KongHwee and Ying for a book of stories entitled Orang Asli Animal Tales.
• Tan Nan See for an alternative solo exhibition entitled Artist Sojourn.

In 2010, the fund received 60 applications. The 4 grantees were:

• Ho Sheau Fung, Aida Redza and Lisa Foo (Ombak-Ombak ARTStudio) for the River Art Project.
• Chong Sheau Ching (Corpcom Services Sdn Bhd) for A Portrait of Perseverance, a women’s video journal project.
• Suzy Sulaiman (Re-cap) for the Digital Architecture Heritage Trail: Suffolk House, Penang.
• Adrian Pereira for the Desa Mentari Youth Project, a community arts project.

In 2011, the fund received 42 applications. The 5 grantees were:

• Kok Siew Wai for KLEX 2011, the 2nd Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival.
• Amanda Leonie for Video documentation of the cultural practices of villagers in Kg. Terian.
• Christine Yun May Yong for the Rhythm In Bronze Collaboration Project.
• Foo Fei Ling for If It Is Not Now, Then When? – a James Lee movie.
• Lau Chee Shyong for Lagenda Melaka – an animatic movie.

In 2012, the fund received 38 applications. The 5 grantees were:

• Margaret Bong for Weight of Salt, a documentation of the dying salt making culture of the Kelabit in Borneo.
• Agnes Lee Agama for Community Filmmaking Workshops in indigenous and local communities.
• Ng Chor Guan for New Music Series, a series of new experimental music.
• Too Chee Hung (chi too) for FTW! (For The Wind)!, a series of contemporary art works made in response to the artist’s research into kite-making and flying.
• Lim Li-Ling for Wayang, a photo and multimedia documentary of the Shio Kee Lin Hokkien Opera troupe.

In 2013, the fund received 39 applications. The 5 grantees were:
• Faisal Mustaffa for the publication of a book entitled Malaysia Cinema in a Bottle: A Century (and a little bit more) of Wayang, written by Hassan Muthalib.
• Mohd Afiq Arshad Yaakub for Tepuk Amai-Amai – The School Project by Revolution Stage
• Jeffrey Lim for KANTA, experiencing the living form of photography.
• Yeoh Seng Guan for LABORING FIGURES – Vignettes in the form of photographs and a video anthology of ordinary individuals at work, at home and at play as well as Articles in popular, semi-academic and academic publications.
• Mun Kao for MALAYSIA, THE GAME, a new Malaysian Boardgame.

In 2014, the Fund received 33 applications. The 4 grantees were:
• Lee Ren Xin for a dance performance with 14 mattresses that develops into an open-space series.
• Au Sow Peng for The Mengkerang Project: Home and Elsewhere, three video installations on the idea of the idea of nation as a socially constructed community, imagined by people who perceive themselves as part of the group.
• Aswara Dance Company for a contemporary dance performance entitled Pakyung Revisited.
• Sharon Chin for In The Land That Never Was Dry, a series of graphic non-fiction stories about water in Malaysia.

In 2015, the Fund received 48 applications. The 7 grantees were:
• Yeoh Lian Heng – Lostgen’s Contemporary Art Space for TransActions in the Field – Artists’ Residential Programme.
• TerryandTheCuz for SK!N, a Contemporary Dance Performance on Human Trafficking.
• Sharmini Ratnasingam – Rhythm in Bronze for Bites of Delights – Children’s Music Theatre.
• Seng Soo Ming – Pitapat Theatre for An Enemy Of The People. At The Moment, a Theatre Performance.
• Mohd Shahrul Mizad bin Ashari for Langkau, a Dance Theatre Collaboration.
• Dhanendran Maheswaran for Say It Like You Mean It (SILYMI), a Mentorship Program.
• Jun Ong for Gerai Tai Tai an Experimental Stall.

In 2016, the Fund received 45 applications. The 5 grantees were:
• Harold Reagan Eswar for a documentary film from the point of view of a 12 year old, on the problems of her village.
• Muhammad Zikri bin Abdul Rahman for LiteraCity – Literary mapping and exhibition.
• Fasyali Fadzly bin Saipul Bahri for theatre research and performance on the folklore of migrant communities.
• Sunitha Janamohanan and Janet Pillai for Workshops for Community Engaged Arts Practitioners in Malaysia.
• Liew Kung Yu and Koe Gaik Cheng for The Little Door Festival for Young Audiences.

Written by Budiey

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