Keep Your Time Allotted for the George Town Festival! 29 July – 28 August 2016

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Keep your time allotted for the George Town Festival! 29 July – 28 August 2016

Among the highlighted events of the George Town Festival…




Date: 05 Aug 2016 – 06 Aug 2016
Time: 8:30PM – 9:45PM
Location: Dewan Sri Pinang
Country of origin: UK
“A kind of restless delirium, dense with poetic effect.” – The Guardian
Award-winning physical dance theatre company Gecko presents Missing through a series of extraordinary images, jaw-dropping choreography and a tantalising multilingual vocal landscape. Since its premier in 2012, Missing has garnered international acclaim as it continues to tour around the world to tell the tale of Lily as she revisits her past, urging audiences to consider their origins and how far they have strayed from who they are.




Date: 20 Aug 2016 – 21 Aug 2016
Time: 8:30PM – 9:25PM
Location: Dewan Sri Pinang
Country of origin: UK
Named “Best Modern Choreography” by The Critics’ Circle National Dance Award in 2002, Kaash (Hindi word for ‘if only’) is revived in this 2014 production by world-renowned dancer and choreographer, Akram Khan. Together with internationally celebrated sculptor Anish Kapoor and composer Nitin Sawhney, Khan continues his quest to build bridges between the world of contemporary dance and the Indian classical dance form Kathak.




Date: 26 Aug 2016 – 27 Aug 2016
Time: 8:30PM – 10:30PM
Location: Dewan Sri Pinang
Country of origin: Canada
“A perfect marriage of circus art and contemporary dance.” – Le Journal de Montreal
Having staged a performance at the 2012 Academy Awards Ceremony and directed the first segment of the Opening Ceremony at the Sochi Olympic games, Canadian-based Les 7 doigts de la main brings the Asian premiere of Triptyque to George Town Festival. A mesmerising three-part show from the beginning to the end, it is an ingenious spectacle where circus acrobatics meet contemporary dance.




Date: 19 Aug 2016 – 20 Aug 2016
Time: 8:30PM – 10:10PM
Location: MBPP Town Hall
Country of origin: Spain
Chekara brilliantly combines flamenco and the Andalusian music of Morocco known as al-ala, which originated in the courts of Seville, Granada and Córdoba during the Golden Age of Al-Andalus – a time when Muslims, Christians and Jews coexisted in southern Spain. Offering a natural synthesis of various musical forms, Chekara preserves the rich musical heritage of Christians, Moriscos and Gypsies. The result is a rich portrayal of the Mediterranean spirit marked by that dialogue of cultures.

Svara Bhumi



Date: 29 Jul 2016 – 30 Jul 2016
Time: 8:30PM – 10:00PM
Location: Dewan Sri Pinang
Country of origin: Various countries
As the official opening act of GTF this year, Svara Bhumi (Songs of the Earth) will feature one of Australia’s leading aboriginal bands, the Black Arm Band, as well as other indigenous bands from New Zealand, Indonesia and Malaysia as a tribute to music from the region.

Pearl of The Eastern & Oriental



Date: 28 – 31 Jul 2016, 4 – 7 Aug 2016
Time: 08:00 PM
Location: E&O Hotel
Country of origin: Singapore/Malaysia
Pearl of the Eastern & Oriental is a commissioned play by Lim Yu-Beng and Tan Kheng Hua, the team that brought you GTF 2014’s sold out play 2 Houses. Staged on-site the present day E&O Hotel, it is the second of a trilogy of odes to Penang told through an enchanting tale of a young lady butler, Pearl. Adding to the charm of the tale are ghosts and guests of the hotel’s past and present, as their encounters with Pearl subtly urge her to ponder about shaping her future in the here and now.

Moved by Padi



Date: 27 Aug 2016 – 28 Aug 2016
Time: TBC
Location: Lebuh Macallum
Country of origin: Malaysia
Moved by Padi is a multi-arts collaborative project led by Malaysia’s leading choreographer and dancer Aida Redza. With rice being a staple in Asia, Moved by Padi (Malay for ‘paddy’) is fundamentally rooted in the belief that the things in which one cultivate becomes the things that one consumes.
Together with her artistic collaborators, Ombak-Ombak ArtStudio, Ng Chor Guan (composer), Okui Lala (visual artist), Lisa Foo (installation artist) and Mao Arata (Japanese choreographer and performer), they will present a contemporary reinvention of rituals and communal celebrations honouring the semangat (spirit) of paddy and rice as a source of existence and self.




Date: 27 Aug 2016 – 28 Aug 2016
Time: 8:30PM – 10:00PM
Location: Majestic Theatre
Country of origin: UK
Having performed over 5000 shows in 50 countries, the world-renowned jugglers of Gandini Juggling present Smashed, a sensational mix of circus and theatre. This hour-long spectacle explores the dark art of juggling in a series of nostalgic filmic scenes that traverse tense relationships, lost love and afternoon tea in a way that is funny and inventive.

All That Fall



Date: 06 Aug 2016 – 07 Aug 2016
Time: 4:00PM, 6:00PM, 8:00PM
Location: Majestic Theatre
Country of origin: Ireland
All That Fall is a multi-layered composition of voices that can be experienced as a black comedy, a murder mystery, a cryptic literary riddle or a quasi-musical score. It was originally a radio play written by Samuel Beckett and first broadcast in 1957. Set in a uniquely atmospheric, theatrically-tuned listening chamber, Pan Pan Theatre’s creative experimentation is sure to command attention from start.

Or if you want to know each of the programme in the George Town Festival, click here to download the programme booklet.


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