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Zubin Mohamad

Zubin Mohamad is a dancer-choreographer who is passionate about promoting "tradition-based contemporary" dance theatre, and is the artistic director of Kuala Lumpur Fringe Festival and Arts Exchange in Asia (AXiA). He loves to teach, research and write about culture, history, creativity and post-modernism.

Jakarta, aku rindu pada mu

3 OGOS — Jakarta, sudah hampir sepuluh tahun aku meninggalkan kota itu, kota yang pernah aku panggil rumah. Sememangnya aku dilahirkan dan... READ MORE

Have you been to Perlis?

JUNE 30 — I remember an old song we used to sing in school that had Perlis in it. It goes like this: “Dari Perlis hinggalah ke Sabah, kita sudah... READ MORE

Teater ‘Emily of Emerald Hill’

6 MEI — Pada 26 April 2012, dua hari sebelum Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman dan Dataran Merdeka dikunjungi penunjuk perasaan “Bersih”. Saya berkesempatan... READ MORE

Time to travel, write and play

MARCH 31 — It was 2005 when I first started writing my first play, entitled “Bunga Sakura”, and it was mainly based on stories told to me by my... READ MORE

Lessons from Cloud Gate

FEB 25 — When I was told that Cloud Gate, the premier contemporary dance group in Asia, was performing in Kuala Lumpur, I asked if choreographer... READ MORE

Apa Ada Di AJL26?

5 FEB — Sudah beberapa tahun aku tidak menonton pertandingan akhir Juara Lagu, kerana tidak berada di dalam Negara. Selain menonton siaran langsung... READ MORE

Karipap awak sedap tak?

23 DIS — Rasanya tidak salah untuk kita memperkatakan tentang sebuah filem yang walaupun ianya telah beberapa bulan lalu ditayangkan di pawagam.... READ MORE

My father’s memories of war and other things

DEC 8 — It has been five years since my mother passed away. My father is still hanging on to the old shophouse and various other memories. The last... READ MORE

Thanksgiving and other remembrances

NOV 24 — It was only last year that I celebrated my first Thanksgiving dinner. I was teaching dance culture at the University of California,... READ MORE

Masak nasi lemak pun kontroversi

3 NOV — Pertama kali melihat poster filem “Nasi Lemak 2.0” di pawagam, aku tertanya-tanya, siapakah dia Namawee? Kawan Cina aku pulak cuma cakap... READ MORE

Warna apa baju Raya?

14 OGOS — Ada seorang kawan dari Amerika kata “bila saya lihat warna warni, saya ingat Malaysia. Apa lagi pada hari Jumaat, lelaki dan wanita... READ MORE

Kota, kedai and kopitiam

JUNE 26 — Over the years, I have been going back to Kelantan either to visit my parents and family or to do research on Kelantan performance.... READ MORE

Hidup mati Jazz

22 MEI — Aku mungkin budak kampung yang datang dari ceruk utara semenanjung, tapi aku suka jazz, boleh? Janganlah marah, aku bukannya tak sedar... READ MORE

Holding on to the past for our future

MAY 15 — I remember my late grandmother, Hajjah Che Aminah, used to scold my late auntie, Che Kalthom, for holding Main Peteri sessions at her... READ MORE

Crossing America

FEB 25 — I never thought that I’d cross America from one side of the continent to the other, from the west coast to the east coast. Coming to... READ MORE

Ada muzium dalam transit

7 FEB — Aku terlupa membilang berapa kalikah aku menyinggah di Lapangan Terbang Schipol, di Amsterdam, Holland. Mungkin sudah pernah sebanyak lima... READ MORE

Ballet, Black Swan dan bulemia

1 FEB — Selesai menonton filem Black Swan (lakonan Natalie Portman dan Winona Ryder) di University Village, Riverside, California, aku terus... READ MORE

Keroncong nusantara pasca-kolonial

19 DIS — Agaknya berapa ramai anak muda belasan tahun dan dua puluhan yang pernah mendengar muzik irama keroncong, selain pelajar-pelajar muzik... READ MORE

My dance journey continues

NOV 10 — For many years, I thought of  doing a performance based on my dance journey. But so many questions came to mind:  “Who do you think you... READ MORE

Media Raya, Karya Raya

5 OKT — Pernah tak anda bertanya pada diri sendiri, “Ke mana kita dengan Hari Raya kita pada setiap akhir Ramadhan?” Saya hanya bertanyakan... READ MORE

Senibina vernakular kota kosmopolitan

12 SEPT — Apakah terlalu melampau jikalau kita bayangkan adanya sebuah bangunan yang berkonsepkan “1 Malaysia”? Bukankah ia bermakna yang bangunan... READ MORE

Adventures in textile collecting

AUG 24 — I was very excited when the National Textile Museum contacted me to give a talk on textile collection. I had given a few talks on textiles... READ MORE

Antara ‘Semerah Padi’ dan ‘Uda dan Dara’

12 OGOS — Pada bulan Julai lalu kita dihidangkan dengan dua buah persembahan teater Melayu yang menarik di Kuala Lumpur, satunya muzikal “Uda dan... READ MORE