Rivers of Tears


Ombak-Ombak ARTStudio’s latest contemporary dance project pays homage to Penang’s lifeless waterways with a performance along the Prangin Canal during the 2011 George Town Festival.

HANGING AROUND Lorong Kulit on a rainy evening isn’t everyone’s idea of an artsy night out; the area is better known for its daytime fruit stalls and thieves market rather than as a performance venue. This was the location of Ombak-Ombak ARTStudio’s (Ombak) latest experimental dance offering – River Meets Light. I wondered if I’d get mugged crossing the dimly lit car park to the muddy Sungai Pinang river bank. Risky stuff. But then, Ombak has always taken risks with its site-specific performances.

The group doesn’t do it the easy way; performances are always held in the open air, on streets, pavements and fields.

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