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Tonight, Wan Tze, June, Amanda and I went to the new Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre for a performance. It was the Ballet/ Jazz night on the Malaysian Dance Festival 2005

Our primary reason to attend the performance was to watch and support Cui Xin who is dancing in one of the items. Through the night, there were interesting items performed. I recognised quite a few dancers, having seen them in competitions or various performances through the years. Some have improved and looked really good, and there were some of which I comment to myself, "My goodness! What happened to her? Why is she so wobbly? or, what's happened to her thighs? They are thunderous" But here, I would like to talk about my 1st impression of the new KLPac.

It is clearly still in the process of completion but what I saw, I like. It has a spacious feel about it (could it be because it's not completed?) The decor is simple and one gets the 'cool' feel about it. When I say cool, I don't mean, "Yo, Dude! Everything's cool". Cool as in not stuffy. It's also not pretentious.

We left rather late from my house. We also had to stop for petrol. I also do not know the place and so Wan Tze had to glue her eyes on the map to make sure we got there. So between 7.45  to about 8.15, if you happen to see a blue Hyundai Matrix zipping about dangerously on the road, sorry it was me.

It was a long and winding road to get to the building but it was quite an impressive 1st view. The winding road was not lit up so one gets a feeling of going into a jungle. Then the brightly lit Centre suddenly looms over on the last turn. Seemed like a huge structure in the middle of nowhere.

I quickly drop the girls off to get the tickets. By the time I got to the ticketing counter there were a few people only in front of them. I took over the queueing and it seemed to take forever to get to the front. By the time I got there, the lady in the front took more than forever to choose her seats. Her credit card took eons to clear and when we finally got our tickets, we flew to the washroom. Cui Xin warned us that there will be no intervals so we better pee before we go in.

The performance itself was at Pentas 1. I am not sure how many stages they have in the Centre but it would definitely be more than one. The theatre is of the amphitheatre style, seats higher than the stage. It is not very big so I believe one gets a pretty good view all over. I am not sure how performers feel about dancing on a stage lower than the audience. It will certainly feel different. The seats are of course new and comfortable.

After the performance, we were able to take a closer and slower look at the place. We even went backstage to check it out. Well, not quite back, backstage , just the wings and then peeked back. I thought it will not be a good idea to venture further. I, certainly, will not like it if I were in charge to have unauthorised people sauntering about backstage.

I shall be going there again next Sunday for Jalan Impian  Another one of my girls, Alia will be performing in that. I am definitely looking forward to watching more performances in this place.  Who knows, maybe we can also hold the next competition at this place.

Reader Comments (9)

You left out a very important fact, WHERE you parked when you were in such a hurry, DISABLING some people who would have NEEDED it most... :p I just have to do this...
July 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterWanZ
Aiyah! I actually typed that out but deleted it because I shy lah to mention. Ok, ok I confess - I parked in a handicapped slot. Why? Because there were no parking space and to have to find one, I may be very late. THERE! HAPPY?
July 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKaty
heyy teach katy, haha, oh u are going there again ah teacher? hmmm, i'd actually love to go as well, any chance i might be able to tag along teacher? hehe, i rather enjoyed the performance, gave me a chance to feel inspired to work harder after seeing how some of the dancers have improved. :D
July 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJuney
"We left rather late from my house."

Like teacher, like students :) You must rub off on your girls.

I distinctly remember a story somewhere about how one of your students ...*cough*wanz*cough... had to chase down an express bus or something, no? :P
July 5, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterjulian
I strangely suspect we left rather late because WANZ was with us......................(hehehe!) [Revenge for forcing the handicapped confession from me]
July 6, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKaty
June - I am going for Jalan Impian on 17th. Already booked tickets but if you wanna come along, I'll see if we can get you another ticket.
July 6, 2005 | Registered CommenterKaty
Ooi... no kicking below the belt ah...
July 7, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterWanZ
Oh and wutabout the Van who drive teacher up the wall??
July 8, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterpohlynn
Van? What van? Many vans drive me up the wall each day. You gotta be specific. :) And Wanz, you wearing belt meh? Next time if you are, you must show me so that I can kick above it.
July 8, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

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