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Madworld - my first performing arts blog (trf from Multiply)
MadWorld- two in one word. Why one?, I asked Ronny,
the head producer during the Bloggers Sneak Preview for MadWorld on 17
November 2010. The script, started from a long title "How We Should Save
the World", was written by Kenny who is also the main character, Adam
emphasizes the people in the world as the main subject of the story -
Lucas the Corporate man and Adam the Victim. Had it be in two words,
"Mad World" gives a stigma that the world at large, is mad beyond our
We associate "Mad" with craziness,
psychotic, anger, hysteria or stupid. Its term is defined by
ARDictionary.com in various meanings: extravagant or immoderate; furious
with rage, terror or disease; angry; roused to anger; disordered in
intellect; an earthworm; marked by uncontrolled excitement; very
foolish; rabid; and lastly, a slattern! (Slattern is referred to a
prostitute, or dirty, untidy woman. But, that is an old reference!)
an audio visual stage describes "Mad" vividly in the emotions and
movements through dramatical dance; debatable dialogue between a pure,
child Angel and a devilish, dark Sinister; melodious singing by various
nationalities singers and blue or white costumed choirs. Creative use of
construction planks and multimedia technology gives different mood
effects. These are synergy arising from talents of two churches, DUMC
The scene begins with war and devastation scene, where the victims in
colourful rags display hunger, suffering and despair. Adam mourns for
death of a loved one, whom he cannot save for what he has no control of.
Their dance tells me the Victims are Nobodies- the rejected, the sick,
the poor, the handicapped, the ugly, the unloved, the hopeless, the low
class, and the forgotten.
On the other hand, in a lively Christmas party the
executives and socialites dancing and toying with sexual attraction for
entertainment. Lucas licks the taste of sensual love of women, whom he
can buy for what he has control. The Executive or Socialite people are
easily identified as Somebodies- the accepted, the healthy, the rich,
the normal, the good looking, the loved, the promising, the high class
and the known.
Is life is all about making profit; when we care only about our own existence when, others around us could be drowning? Singers
and dancers in corporate wear dominate the whole stage with song "In
Our Own Existence" produced by Weng On and Tabitha of SIBKL. Lucas came
into scene with wife to pamper him, and interestingly, to lean on his
back as lifebuoy. Adam projects his pangs of anger, sorrow and
desperateness for hope, with no one to love him.
The encounter between the Adam and Lucas is brought
into a scene with techno sound effects. I could not help being amused
with the heart pumping dance moves of different warlords of MadWorld. I
recognised elements of hip hop movement in their dance, cool eh? This
followed by a conflict between a cold Lucas and his heart broken wife.
Now, Lucas is alone.
What does it
profit a man who gains the whole world but loses his very soul? What
about those whose lives are shattered by suffering - do they matter? The
reflection on the mirror between the two warlords brings the musical to
its peak. Both are crying because their souls are worthless and empty.
Both are clenching their fists, for an action. What or who can make
their souls worthy?
Find out during the showtimes of MadWorld at: DUMC Dream Centre, Section 13, Petaling Jaya 3 December 8pm and 5 December 3pm & 8pm;
SIBKL Auditorium, Bangunan Yin (next to Phileo Damansara) 25 December 7.30pm and 26 December 10am & 7.30pm
For more details, check at www.madworld.my. Share and RSVP MadWorld on Facebook, too!
I must add, this is truly a pure performing arts, not just a drama. I
love dance but am no critic of dance, yet I enjoy watching it over and
over! Come and watch this beautiful production for FREE and explore the
ART-soul in you! MadWorld could happen to you and I (wink).