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The up­com­ing 13th Cam­mies proudly car­ries a back- to- ba­sics theme.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ARTS - By DI­NESH KU­MAr MAGANAtHAN [email protected] thes­tar. com. my

THE per­form­ing arts world is abuzz once again with the an­nual Boh Camero­nian Arts Awards just around the cor­ner.

The list of nom­i­nees were an­nounced on Mon­day dur­ing the 13th Boh Camero­nian Art Awards 2016 Nom­i­nees Party in Kuala Lumpur, which was at­tended by the me­dia and the arts com­mu­nity.

Pop­u­larly known as the Cam­mies, the awards se­ries is or­gan­ised by arts por­tal Kakiseni.

This year’s Cam­mies, which will take place on at D’Saji, Tasik Ti­ti­wangsa in Kuala Lumpur on April 24, sees 48 awards for the tak­ing.

The awards are pre­sented in for main cat­e­gories – dance, mu­sic, mu­si­cal theatre and theatre.

The Tech­ni­cal Awards and the Ju­nior Cam­mies will take place at Makespace, Quill City Mall in KL on April 11.

Known for its themed awards nights such as the roar­ing 1920s, pop comic and the 1980s, the Cam­mies this year em­bod­ies the theme “Yes­ter­day For To­mor­row”, sig­nalling a re­turn to sim­pler, less com­pli­cated times for the arts. The em­pha­sis is on home­grown and sto­ry­telling.

It also pays trib­ute to three tra­di­tional art forms – bang­sawan, wayang kulit and mak yong.

Low Ngai Yuen, Kakiseni’s pres­i­dent, be­lieves it’s about time for con­ver­sa­tions about tra­di­tion, cul­ture and his­tory.

“The idea be­hind the theme is about mak­ing what’s tra­di­tional rel­e­vant again for to­mor­row, es­pe­cially for the younger gen­er­a­tion. This is so that they are a part of it in­stead of just look­ing at it as part of their his­tory book, which shouldn’t be the case to be­gin with,” says Low.

The ac­claimed di­rec­tor and pro­ducer, who took over Kakiseni in 2009, points out that the Cam­mies this year is not about cel­e­bra­tion alone but “it’s also about ac­tion.” So who will be mak­ing the news this year?

Be­com­ing King ... The Pakyung Re­vis­ited is the most nom­i­nated show in the dance cat­e­gory, pick­ing up five nom­i­na­tions ( best group per­for­mance, best chore­og­ra­pher in a fea­ture length work, best light­ing de­sign, best set de­sign, best cos­tume de­sign, and styling and make up).

Be­com­ing King ... The Pakyung Re­vis­ited,

which played in KL last De­cem­ber, was chore- ographed by Joseph Gon­za­les and pre­sented by Aswara Dance Com­pany. In the mu­sic cat­e­gory, pi­anist Tay Cher Siang bagged 12 nom­i­na­tions in var­i­ous cat­e­gories, be­com­ing the sin­gle most nom­i­nated in­di­vid­ual at the up­com­ing Cam­mies. As an odds- on head­liner, Tay is a good bet. He picked up four nom­i­na­tions each un­der the best solo per­for­mance – in­stru­men­tal and best orig­i­nal com­po­si­tion. An­other stand- out show in the mu­sic cat­e­gory is the or­ches­tral epic Sym­phonic Swing, which gar­nered seven nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing best group per­for­mance – vo­cal and best mu­si­cal di­rec­tor/ con­duc­tor.

New pro­duc­tion Sand The Mu­si­cal and the restag­ing of Pan Pro­duc­tions’ saucy Cabaret are strong con­tenders in the mu­si­cal theatre cat­e­gory, vy­ing for the best chore­og­ra­pher, best per­for­mance by an en­sem­ble, best di­rec­tion, best mu­si­cal di­rec­tion, best per­for­mance in a lead­ing role and best cos­tume de­sign, styling and make- up awards.

In the theatre sweep­stakes, stal­warts like Joe Hasham and Datuk Fari­dah Mer­i­can – who are also hus­band and wife – are nom­i­nated for best ac­tor in a lead­ing role cat­e­gory for their per­for­mance in Reser­va­tions and

Three Doors re­spec­tively. Both plays fea­tured Sisa- Sisa. Sisa- Sisa, di­rected by Mark Beau De Silva and pre­sented by The Ac­tors Stu­dio Seni Teater Rakyat, also picked up nom­i­na­tions for best ac­tor in a sup­port­ing role, best di­rec­tor, best orig­i­nal script and best light­ing de­sign.

The 13th Boh Camero­nian Arts Awards will be held at D’Saji, Tasik Ti­ti­wangsa in Kuala Lumpur on April 24. For more de­tails and a full list of nom­i­nees, visit: kakiseni. com.

The Sym­phonic Swing con­cert hot­shots ( from left) Junji delfino, Ida Mar­i­ana and Peter Ong have a to­tal of seven nom­i­na­tions be­tween them. — Filepic

Pi­anist and composer Tay cher siang bagged 12 nom­i­na­tions in var­i­ous cat­e­gories. — Filepic

Pan Pro­duc­tions’ saucy mu­si­cal Cabaret scored 12 nom­i­na­tions. — JIMMy AnG

Joe hasham picked up a best ac­tor ( in a lead­ing role) nom­i­na­tion for his por­trayal of edgar in Sisa- Sisa. — WOnG hOrnG yIh

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