9-10 MAY 2018
Main Stage
100 minutes
In English, with Greek surtitles.
Malaysia’s communist past, hushed up but still haunting the country, now returns thanks to the stunning revival of the Baling Talks. The Malaysian director Mark Teh utilises authentic archives and puts together an emotionally charged performance oscillating between a documentary and a political drama, while investigating the concepts of conciliation, sacrifice, identity and independence.
OCC's Friends & General Presale: from 19 APR 2018, 12:00
Full price: 10 €
Reduced, OCC's Friends, Small groups (5-9 people): 8 €
Neighbourhood residents, Large groups (10+ people): 7 €
Unemployed, People with disabilities, Companions: 5 €

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On December 28, 1955, a small schoolroom in northern Malaya became a historic site. What would come to be known as the Baling Talks was an unique attempt to bring peace to the Malayan peninsula devastated by war. Reconstructing this historically significant event based on publicly available transcripts, director Mark Teh looks at questions on nation formation with a team of performer-collaborators.
Various visions on building a nation were imagined, discussed and discarded. In the process, the meanings of nation, loyalty, terrorism, reconciliation, sacrifice, surrender and independence are constantly modified and remediated. The documentary performance combines personal stories and historical events to intersect with situations today, while exploring the multifaceted nature of history.

Wednesday 9 May | Will be held in English
Mark Teh, Director, Curator and Researcher
June Tan, Producer, Member of Five Arts Centre (collective of artists, activists and producers based in Malaysia)
Chaired by Tarek Abou El Fetouh, Independent Curator


Conceived and directed by: Mark Teh
Creative Producer: June Tan
Production Designer: Wong Tay Sy
Visual Projection Designer: Fahmi Reza
Lighting Designer: Syamsul Azhar
Stage Manager: Woon Siew Yin
Performers: Anne James, Imri Nasution, Faiq Syazwan Kuhiri
Greek translation: Giannis Kalifatidis

Baling is commissioned by Asian Culture Complex Theatre (South Korea)
Executive Producer: Five Arts Centre (Malaysia)
Co-produced by: Asian Culture Centre – Theatre (South Korea), Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2016 Executive Committee (Japan), Kyoto Experiment (Japan)

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Mark Teh is a director, curator and researcher whose diverse projects are particularly engaged with the issues of history, memory and the urban context. His collaborative work is situated primarily in performance and education, but also operates via exhibitions, new media, writing and social interventions. He graduated with an MA in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London, and currently teaches at the Department of Performance & Media, Sunway University. Mark is a member of Five Arts Centre – a collective of artists, activists and producers based in Malaysia.

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