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By: kichi kenterong

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Sunday, 12-Mar-2006 16:45 Email | Share | Bookmark
makyong: a learning point

doing the cha cha?
i wasn't even sure that i was going to put up these pictures. for one, they wouldn't really do justice to this traditional performance art. two, it's only going to really frustrate me. nonetheless, i've decided to go ahead because i thought it would, at least, be a learning experience for me.

i had never been to a makyong performance ever in my life, despite my two years of working in kelantan. thus, it wasn't going to be a big surprise that i wouldn't really understand what was being said by the performers, except for when the third(?) character was making his presence known by talking loudly with the second character (something to do with his oghe tino aka wife making soup for him). that tickled me quite a bit. apart from the language barrier, i didn't really know what to expect of the performance. is it a dance performance? a play where dialogue holds the main stage? a flashy display between music and dance? a spontaneous expression of art?

it turned out to be a bit of everything. and being such a dynamic performance, i was caught quite unawares of how to capture the moments well. it was quite a challenge to get the good angles, but i guess i was too conscious about obstructing the view of the audience (in hindsight, maybe they wouldn't have really mind). i had also declined my father's offer of the use of his flashgun, and... well, i guess the pictures will tell you of that fact.

i'm suddenly reminded of this conversation i had with a certain mr syed imran just a few hours ago. he had recounted how his first wedding shoot went. it certainly didn't help that the inside of the location was dark. seeing that he was facing a fair bit of difficulty, the professional photographer on hand was kind enough to ask him how he was doing. after confessing his frustration, the pro was gracious enough to tweak his camera, and lo and behold, all his pictures turned out fine.

i wish there was someone like that during the performance to give me some pointers, so that i would be able to capture the moments in a more directed manner.

i didn't, so i guess i'll have to ask my kind visitors to give me feedback. brutal pun takpe, janji dapat belajar dari kesilapan.

ps - sorry if i'm too wordy this time around, but i'm sure there are others who would feel the same way.

pps - for those who're interested, the galeri petronas (third floor, suria klcc) will be having a wayang kulit performance on the 18th of march, a menora performance on the 1st of april, a dikir barat performance on the 15th of april, and a main puteri demonstration on the 29th of april. all of these will be staged between 530 to 630pm. i think i will be there for most, if not all, of these shows. on the 22nd of march, there will be a seminar by the photojournalists who documented these traditions in their native kelantan, also at galeri petronas between 530 to 630pm. admission is free. do check out the photo gallery as well.

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