Kyogen : An awesome tradition seeking a future

By Julia Tan, Photography Eric Goh, GanPekHar, Vincentius

November 2014 FEATURE
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We need to remind ourselves about what we lose when we live our lives at the speed we do. Traditional art forms – like kyogen – certainly should have that effect on us today.At a time when traditional performances – be they wayang kulit, Hokkien puppet theatre or bharatanatyam – cling to the fringes of our society as TVs and smart phones clamour successfully for our attention, we must seriously enquire how these traditions can be saved.Religious and festive performances are easier...

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Julia Tan

Julia "Bubba" Tan is editor of Penang Monthly and Head of Penang Institute's Publishing Unit. Some of her earliest memories are of her running rampant in her grandfather's garden.

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Photography Eric Goh

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GanPekHar

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