Kaalo.101 is unlike any arts space I’ve ever experienced, and it’s in Patan, my favourite Kathmandu neighbourhood. I wanted to document what they told me about why they do what they do, and in a half hour conversation this is what emerged.
I wrote an ‘instant noodle’ poem upon request by January Low, (a magnificient Malaysian in Indian classical dance) as part of my interactive solo offstage poetry performance project Gerai Puisi Segera. She supplied three words, and I wrote a poem incorporating them in five minutes. She later contacted to say that after seven years of quiet reinvention following 17 years with Sutra Dance Theatre, her first solo performance dedicated to Odissi dance was finally ready. The following poem was recited by Ghafir Akbar every night of Dedicated.
This biography was commissioned by the musician. Irena Taib is most known back home in Malaysia for starting a band with her sisters who lived by the sea— a memorable enough endeavour by local standards, even without the goat in their group photos. It was only after ending up on the same lineup as Ellie Goulding (UK) and Franz Ferdinand (SCO) that Irena arrived at Berklee College of Music in Boston to major in film scoring.
For Story Fest 2012, 24 writers / performers in Klang Valley were invited to revisit primary school essay titles: Saya Sebatang Pensel, If I Were A Billionaire, My Family, and Cita-Cita Saya (My Ambition). The story I wrote (Cita-cita saya) was originally performed in March 2012 at PJ Live Arts, Jaya One. Also on the line-up that night: Pang Khee Teik, Zedeck Siew, Zainah Anwar, Bernice Chauly, Amir Hafizi, and Jerome Kugan.