2020 has been a challenging year. The pandemic affected everyone, and the arts and culture industry is one of the worst hit economically. Countries have launched rescue plans for artists; many have resorted to online performances. This is a drastic shift for performing arts - from live shows in special venues to performances in the cloud, which audiences may watch anywhere, anytime. Performance artists are venturing into the unknown, creating new forms of expressions, probing new questions.
Kwang Tung Dance Company, under The Sel & KL Kwang Tung Association Youth Section, has been promoting modern dance for decades. Artistic director Amy Len sensed the changing times and, together with the Youth Section, present Merentas Awan: A fundraising art project.
Artists from different backgrounds were invited to collaborate in this cross-disciplinary project to capture these fast-evolving times. The artists reflect on the myriad social structures surrounding us. Through creative dialogue, they craft their responses to the challenges and opportunities facing us today.
Merentas Awan is presented via videography and photography. The artists explore six themes in the two formats; in total, 12 pieces are performed by 12 individual dancers. We will upload two art pieces to our social media platforms each month for public viewing, from July to December 2020.
The convenience of cloud computing offers artists a way to communicate amidst the inconvenience of physical distancing. This “stage” in the cloud invites audiences to connect with our artists and join them in contemplating life. The Youth Section hopes to use this platform not only to catalyse creative encounters, but also to raise funds for two organisations in need. We welcome donations in all amounts as we seek new possibilities to continue supporting each other, together in the cloud.
The Sel & KL Kwang Tung Association Youth Section
Kwang Tung Dance Company
Artistic Director & Associate Producer:
Wong Pui Yi, Fione Chia, Kyson Teo, Samantha Chong
Amy Len, Tan Bee Hung, Mak Foong Ming, Foong Siew Ching, Kyson Teo, Fione Chia
Kym Tan, Vicky Yap, Chan Wan Xin, Ong Pei Yin, Joelle Lee, Ng Jing Hui
Mato Tytee, Chong Keat Aun
Leow Sze Yee, Chew Soon Heng, ARVAN (Gideon Alu8khan Chen), Ng Chor Guan, Chong Keat Aun
James Lee, TK Cheng
Dev Lee, Core Minimal
Persatuan Rumah Caring Kajang, Selangor
Persatuan Insan Istimewa Cheras, Selangor