Bazaars, art and theatre happenings to check out in April 2019


By Su Fen Tan

Bazaars, art and theatre happenings to check out in April 2019

6 – 20 April, Eudaimonia by Bono Stellar @ Zhan, Jaya One

There is a new art gallery in town and it is located in The School, Jaya One. This month, Zhan presents Eudaimonia, Bono Stellar’s first solo exhibition (read our interview with her here). Drawing upon her penchant for bright colors and light-reflective materials, it promises to evoke and provoke thoughtfulness by way of colourful acrylic sheets and geometric shapes. Drop by this Saturday (13 April) at 2pm for a meet-and-greet and sharing session with Bono herself!

For more information, check out Zhan’s Instagram page.

10 – 14 April, Odissi On High @ KLPac

Get to know the beautiful art of dance that is Odissi through this dazzling Malaysia-India collaboration. Featuring performers from Sutra (Kuala Lumpur) and Rukdrakshya Foundation (Bhubaneswar), Odissi On High will take you on a journey that charts the remarkable evolution of virtuosuity of the late Kelucharan Mahapatra and Debaprasad Dasthe—the two pioneer gurus of Odissi.

For ticketing and more information, visit the website.

13 April, Ilham After Hours: Performance by Martin Creed @ Ilham Gallery

Renowned for his wit and absurdity, artist and musician Martin Creed will be in town to delight show-goers with an evening of words, music and more. Expect the unexpected as Creed’s live performances are famed to be unpredictable in nature while delicately balancing art, humour and subversion.

Seating is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit the website.

18 – 21 April, Artisans & Designers: Pop Up Creative Whimsical Market @ Lot 10

No plans for Easter weekend? Pop by the Art+D creative market and support the local creatives with a little bit of retail therapy. There will be handmade jewellery, leather accessories, food, essential oils, fashion labels, live performances and more for a fun-filled weekend.

For more information, visit the event page.

20 – 21 April, Ornamental @ The Bookmark, APW Bangsar

A pop-up art show by embroidery artist Jesse Joy, Ornamentals is a mixed media embroidery project that incorporates the use of found objects, vintage trinkets and old jewellery along with simple threadwork and new materials.

Open from 2pm to 10pm. For more information, check out this Instagram post.

25 – 28 April, Kandang @ KLPac

After its sold-out first outing in 2017, award-winning play Kandang will be making a comeback this month as part of The Actor Studio’s 30th anniversary celebrations. A Malay adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, a 1945 political satire piece on Stalin’s Russia, it examines the pursuit and trappings of power—a timely restaging as we look back at our country’s journey one year after GE14.

For ticketing and more information, visit the website.

26 – 28 April, Euphrasia @ KLPac

Or if you’re more of a musical person, perhaps Euphrasia will be up your alley. A musical that tells the true life story of Mother Mary Euphrasia, watch the mischievious girl growing up in the aftermath of the French Revolution blossom into a woman with audacious ideas for improving the lives of countless women and children back in a time when society was much more orthodox.

For ticketing and more information, visit the website.

28 April, Copperplate Calligraphy Workshop @ Craft No. 7

It’s never too late to pick up calligraphy. Learn the basics of letterforms and strokes in creating consistent and elegant script in this beginner-friendly copperplate calligraphy class. You’ll get to bring back a basic calligraphy kit that includes an oblique holder, G-nib, calligraphy ink and a worksheet.

For more information, visit the website.

Ongoing exhibition:

Now on till 23 June 2019, Chia Yu Chian: Private Lives @ Ilham Gallery

Curated by Ilham Gallery director Rahel Joseph and Univesity of Malaya art historian Simon Soon, this exhibition focusses on the last decades of the late artist Chia Yu Chian’s practice by showcasing his paintings from the late 1960s until his passing in 1990. In 1963, Chia packed his belongings and moved to Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of this then-new country. In the years that followed, the city and its people became the main subjects of his painterly oeuvre.

For more information, visit the website.

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