As far as musical instruments go, the drum is pretty ubiquitous, and for good reason. In a song, its beats help to anchor the rhythm. On its own, a well-executed drum solo or drumline make for great listening. A steady peal is also often used to dictate the flow of proceedings – take march-pasts, lion dances and dragon boat racing for instance.
Conveyed consummately, the drum’s fundamental sound is easy to instinctively connect to, as the people behind Wuwuming demonstrate with nuanced care. Merging the exciting potpourri of drumbeats and energetic choreography, this is a drum-dance-theatre performance, inspired by the Heart Sutra, ready to send reverberations throughout the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre over the third weekend of June.
Dance To The Beat
The rousing soundtrack of Wuwuming, which is multilayered, soothing yet suspenseful when it crescendos, comes courtesy of the learned ensemble from Souls Impact Percussion. This is a passionate outfit dedicated to the art of drumming and its link to the psyche, believing that the vibrations from the soul heavily influences the way a drummer plays. Guest musician Haoz joins them to create some scintillating notes.
Composed and directed by Cross Chin, the Artistic Director at Souls Impact Percussion, Wuwuming brings together modern and old-school drumming styles. The piece itself was born from insightful reflection, as the percussion members came to a rest on a meaningful phrase after a journey of revelation: “From understanding one’s own ignorance, only then can one attain enlightenment.”
Thus the 15-minute Wuwuming piece saw the light of day, before becoming a full-length 65-minute production. While the musical portion is in good hands, the theatrical elements are well sorted too. Choreographer Joyce Tan has gone out of her way to design some fluid contemporary movements for the show, while mesmerising sights are Visual Director Soong Chi Fei’s forte.
Where: Pentas 1, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac), Kuala Lumpur
When: 8.30pm (14-16 June), 3pm (16-17 June)
Tel: 03 4047 9000