ACX productions and The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) present AKU CINTA XXX 2011.
Aku cinta aku lahir pada zaman 80-an
Aku cinta aku masih hidup di Malaysia pada tahun 2011
Aku cinta cari diriku yang tak terhingga dalam 20 tahun yang lepas
Aku cinta masa depan kita
Aku cinta kerana aku cinta
Venue: The Actors Studio @ Lot 10
Date & Time: 27 July – 31 July 2011
Preview: 27 July 2011 @ 8:30pm
Night shows: 28 July – 30 July 2011 @ 8:30pm
Matinee shows: 30 & 31 July 2011 @ 3pm
Tickets: RM20 flat (preview) / RM28 (adult) / RM20 (students, the disabled & TAS card holders)
Approx running time: 80 minutes.
Suitable for all ages.
Performance will be in Bahasa Malaysia & Mandarin.
Executive Producer: Dato’ Faridah Merican
Artistic Director: Joe Hasham OAM
Director: Amelia Tan
Featuring: Ceci Yong, Easee Gan & Jinnie Lim
Production Designer: Swing Chong
Sound Composer: Lee Yueh Yi
Script Writers: Amelia Tan, Ceci Yong, Easee Gan, Jinnie Lim, Swing Chong, Simon Lee
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The Star online interviewed the production team members of Aku Cinta XXX 2011.
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Aku Cinta XXX 2011
July 27, 2011 | By Christine Lee
Generation Y, Echo Boomers, Net Generation… these terms have been used repeatedly to describe the generation following Generation X. Though there are no precise dates as to when the generation starts and ends, most sources have used birth dates ranging somewhere from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. People who belong in this generation are mainly children of the Baby Boomers, while some younger members of this generation may have parents who are from Generation X. Outcome of studies also show that most people from this generation are close to their parents and seek social acceptance from people in their surroundings. Growing up in a time where the Internet brought a great change to traditional media, studies have also shown that people from the Net Generation used technology at a higher rate compared to people from other generations.
For the generation that grew up in Malaysia during the 1980s, one of the many things that makes it so different compared to those who grew up a decade later is the amount of money we receive during our school days. Most of us will remember only receiving RM2 or RM3 as pocket money to buy food during schooling hours. Back then, it was sufficient to keep our tiny stomachs fed till dinnertime, and maybe a treat or two after school if we were good at saving up. These days, RM3 is hardly enough to get by, especially if they have to rely on public transportation to get to school. Back then, it was considered as a ‘cool’ thing to have your very own ‘Walkman’ set. Though it may have cost less than RM100, to have such a device would boost your social status in school tremendously. These days, mobile phones and Ipods are the norm among school children.
If you are one of the many Malaysians that grew up during the 80s, do not miss the latest production by the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre and ACX entitled ‘Aku Cinta XXX 2011′. This production is conveyed in a minimalism form of theatre and aims to share perspectives and experiences through the eyes of Malaysians born in the 80s, who is also known as Generation Y. The performance will convey their thoughts on the past and present situations of society, cultural developments and matters of life happening in our country. This show will definitely strike a familiar chord with other Generation Y members as they reminisce about the things that they know, love or loathe while growing up during the 80s. The story will be divided into four themes: Never give up, Take precautions, Look forward with great hope, and Make every effort to succeed. This fast-paced, 80-minute performance will be communicated in Bahasa Malaysia.
The show will run beginning 27th July till 31st July 2011. It will be held at The Actors Studio @ Lot 10. Ticket price is set at RM 28 for adults and RM 20 for students and the disabled. The show is scheduled to perform as below:
27th July 2011 (Preview Night)
Show to start at 8.30 pm
28th till 30th July 2011
Show to start at 8.30 pm
30th till 31st July 2011
Show to start at 3pm
For more information, please call 03 2142 2009 or 2143 2009 or log on to http://www.theactorsstudio.com.my/
REVIEW: The Many Things That Aku Cinta (I Love)
August 4, 2011 | By Christine Lee & Mike Tan
The Malaysia.com team was recently invited to review a production by ACX and klpac entitled ‘Aku Cinta XXX‘, which recently just ended its run at The Actors Studio at Lot 10. Some may think that it may have something to do with stories of love and betrayal or even murder, others may think it may be related to another play called ‘Terima Kasih Cinta‘, which was a musical theatre adaptation held at Istana Budaya earlier this year.
The show is all about Malaysia and the people of Malaysia. There were not much things that the cast members, made up of Ceci Yong, Easee Gan and Jinnie Lim, missed out in their declarations of love for all things Malaysian. Cafes like Old Town White Coffee, Pappa Rich and Secret Recipe made into their list of the things they love about Malaysia. So did UPSR, PMR, SPM and STPM as well as iconic landmarks and cities such as Puduraya and Putrajaya. Food stuff like ulam, sambal belacan, cencaluk, nasi lemak, cendol, bak kut teh, nasi briyani, char kuey teow and many more was also mentioned as some of the things that they love here in Malaysia.
There were no lengthy dialogues, no plots and no elaborate stage settings, just the sentiments of these people spoken out loud for all to hear and know. Members of the cast highlighted a few of the many significant events that took place around the world, from natural disasters like the major earthquakes that shook Japan and New Zealand to the cold-blooded massacre of youths in Norway. Though most of the issues highlighted were no laughing matter, the cast managed to make it into a fun session as they acted out the events in an engaging way. In the later part of the show, members of the cast also gave their views and opinions on some of the issues that took place in Malaysia, like the issue of brain drain that the country is facing as well as the Obedient Wives Club that was recently formed to curb the problem of cheating husbands.
In a way, the whole show felt more of like a sharing session of all the things that most of us in Malaysia were exposed to when growing up. Not all of them grew up reading comics like Dennis the Menace or books like the Famous Five, but most of them grew up watching cartoons like Ninja Turtle, Thundercats, Popeye the Sailorman, Sonic the Hedgehog and even Doraemon! Many may remember a certain type of bubble gum that came with a temporary tattoo or the playing cards like ‘Happy Family’ and ‘Old Maid’. Some of us may also remember the multi-layered pencil box with ‘hidden’ compartments, only accessible when a certain button is pressed. There was also the different shapes of erasers, bearing the different flags of the states in Malaysia. As I listened to the cast members reciting the things that they loved during the 80s, it evoked many of my own childhood memories.
I once heard an acquaintance of mine comment that here in Malaysia, we have quite a number of public holidays. As I listened to the three members of the cast recite the list of major holidays that they love, I cannot help but to agree. The cast members also brought up other issues that most people would have faced at a certain point in their life. Sex, being everyone’s most favourite as well as a controversial issue, was also presented albeit a very interesting way. As two of them take turns to sway their friend between them, one of them gave a monologue on the list of things that they love about the other person – from the tip of that person’s hair right down to the toes of the person’s feet. Certain sentiments were repeated few times throughout this part, which could be an effort to emphasize on the depth of a person’s feelings towards someone when they fall in love.
I must admit, there are certain segments of the show that left me wondering as to the purpose of conveying their opinions in that particular manner. For example, when Easee Gan was presenting a few of the local issues to the audience, the remaining cast members, Ceci Yong and Jinnie Lim supplied the background ‘music’ by knocking on the steel frames of the stage props. Though Gan was using the microphone to give his comments, the knocking was somewhat disturbing and at times did drown out Gan’s voice. Another part was where the three of them ran around the stage, looking very lost and confused. It felt that the action did not contribute anything to the message that they were trying to give.
One of the better parts of the show which was my favourite was the part where the three of them repeated a routine – some sort of a ‘mime’ performance where they acted out a scene in the life of a working adult. It struck a familiar chord with me, as I feel at times we get so caught up in our work life that sometimes we lose track of what is important in our life other than work – spending time with our loved ones and friends. There was also the dancing section, where each of them danced with their own imaginary partner. As they waltz with their partners, they stated the things that they love their partners for; the fact that he is friendly, the freedom that she enjoys even though she is in a relationship, the small things that she can do with her small finger and many more.
There are times when I feel like I’m watching a bunch of kids performing on stage. The energy that they display never seem to fall, but only climb higher. They may be sweating or tired from jumping around, but it never shows. Given the fact that they were jumping or prancing around most of the show, I was very surprised to see them doing the back flips enthusiastically towards the end of the performance. The three of them were doing the back flips continuously and it went on for at least five minutes before the show ended. I feel, it is cast members’ dedication to making this a heart-warming sharing session that made it such an entertaining show. Though it may not be another award-winning production, the show has certainly achieved its purpose, and that is to accurately point out the very things that us Malaysians love and loathe.