The cast, with Ng (centre)
Love, as we know it, has no gender, race or religion - See Soon Eng
Eugene Ng

A multidisciplinary theatre performance explores themes of life, death, love and relationships

GONE not forgotten; lingering perhaps as airborne dust. While unseen in darkness, yet in a beam of light, like stardust… glows.

“We have all lost someone so I am sure people will relate to this message in The Light Of Dust,” says producer See Soon Eng.

A multidisciplinary theatre performance, The Light Of Dust is inspired by 111 Love Letters To Heaven by author Da Pan and the song Farewell by Tai Xiang Lee, he explains.

A collaboration between See’s production studio and director Charles Jong, the two-hour-long play explores themes of life, death, love and relationships.

Sitting at a café in Empire Damansara with artistic director Arthur Lee and one of the 10-member ensemble, Eugene Ng, the trio sing hosannahs in an avant-garde style as directed by Jong.

Ng says he was shocked when he saw one of Jong’s early plays, adding, “it was visually different and exploratory”.

DEAD PERSON’S VIEWPOINT

All three are excited to work with Jong, well-known in the Malaysian Chinese performing arts industry after monodramas Passion and Love in 2012.

It all began when Jong posted a piece about Da Pan’s book on his Facebook page, which caught See’s attention.

“I emailed him that I wanted to produce it, and it took off from there.”

Ng says rehearsals for the play began 10 months ago. “There was no script when we began rehearsals, and we spent a few months exploring themes.

“It was very intense as we had to share experiences on the themes, and even imagine from a dead person’s viewpoint.”

Lee points out that the project demands much from the cast in physical stamina and acting skills.

“It also has multimedia visuals and live music performed by Keira Chin.

“It has poetry recorded from a street busker. I won't reveal his name yet, but his voice is gritty suitable for this play,” says Lee.

The play will be in Mandarin with English subtitles but See says: “It’s a collective story, and audiences will be able to relate to the emotions.”

In fact, the performance comes with an exhibition of photographs with accompanying “love letters” from Malaysians, “since the play is inspired by Da Pan’s Love Letters”, adds See.

“Love, as we know it, has no gender, race or religion. Perhaps The Light Of Dust will prove healing to some but it is contemporary theatre and that’s always exciting to theatre-goers today,” says See.

The Light Of Dust

Admission: 15 years old and above

When: June 30-July 2 and July 6-9, 8.30pm with 3pm weekend matinees

Where: Damansara Performing Arts Centre, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, PJ

Admission: RM140/RM88. Call Vynix at 012-331 7128, DPaC at 03-4065 0001 or visit www.dpac.com.my.

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