Unfinished Business: Conference on Krishen Jit’s Performance Practice and Contemporary Malaysian Theatre
Dates: 9-11 January 2015
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Unfinished Business: Conference on Krishen Jit’s Performance Practice and Contemporary Malaysian Theatre explores the performance practice of pioneering Malaysian theatre director Krishen Jit (1939-2005) in relation to the ongoing work of experimental and inter-disciplinary artists from Malaysia and abroad who have collaborated with Jit during his outstanding career. It brings together arts researchers, practitioners, academics and students whose work has been in some way influenced or inspired by the thinking and practice of Krishen Jit, in an effort to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of this practice and to extrapolate on its future application in culture and the arts, specifically theatre.
Krishen Jit’s works will occupy an important position in Theatre Makers Asia (TMA), and a pilot version of TMA with five productions directed by him has been launched for the conference. The following productions are accessible online at the TMA pilot website (http://tma-web.org/krishenjit).
1. The Cord (1994)
2. Family (1998)
3. A Chance Encounter (1999)
4. 7TEN (2003)
5. Monkey Business (2005)
TMA aims to examine and experiment in the possibility of digital archives as a platform for collaborative research on and creative responses to works that marked milestones in the history of contemporary theatre in East and Southeast Asia. Our collaboration with Five Arts Centre in Unfinished Business is the first step taken by the TMA project into this creative dimension. By archiving the responses of the conference participants to Krishen’s works, we hope to capture and nurture the interactions between academics and practitioners, between artists who worked with Krishen and those who never had the chance, and between past productions and contemporary practices.