Layang by Main Wayang
Fairuz Sulaiman, Sudarshan Chandra Kumar, Ayam Fared
10, 11 February 2018
Layang is an upcoming multimedia theatre performance that thematically explores the nature of migration, displacement, and isolation; both in its physical act and consequent psychological and spiritual implications, through a single performer-driven narrative. It acts as an attempt to communicate stories and contemporary issues affecting the human condition via a language familiar to the artists involved - tools of technology, movement and motion of the human body - to audiences.
The performance is minimal in design and structure, yet also incorporates various theatrical elements such as physical theatre, shadow theatre, visual effects, virtual reality, and electronic soundscapes. By incorporating diverse mediums across the traditional-contemporary divide, a fluid, dynamic performance that explores and engages with both media and movement takes shape.
Main Wayang is a performing arts collective focused on exploring new ways of storytelling using multidisciplinary theatrical elements; seeking alternative ways to create a full theatre experience that employs minimal elements and a minimal production.
Fairuz Sulaiman combines digital and analogue formats in his multidisciplinary practice, producing music videos for local bands, live video projections, animation for short films, designing visuals for stage using stop-motion, puppetry, hand-made masks, 3D animation and live video mixing. He conducted a research project on the usage of media in the performing arts in Japan, as a recipient of The Japan Foundation Asia Center Fellowship program.
Sudarshan Chandra Kumar is a musician. He has contributed vocals and live electronics to bands such as HKPT, T!T!T!, and Takdir. His live setup is comprised of loopers, synths and effects pedals which are used to create improvised soundscapes. A staple at local electronic and experimental music venue mainstays, he is also a committee member of the Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video and Music Festival (KLEX) in his capacity as Technical Director.
Ayam Fared is a founding member of notable Malaysian theatre collective, Rumah Anak Teater, and is a prolific writer, director, artistic director and performer. He has been nominated as Most Promising Artist at the 2008 BOH Cameronian Arts Awards. As the director of the play Short Eyes (2011), he was awarded the Best Director award at the 2012 BOH Cameronian Arts Awards.