The inaugural Suatukala Showcase is a fun-filled two days of exhibits and performances featuring some of Malaysia’s best known and emerging artists appearing side-by-side with the young talents from our Suatukala workshops.
Free and open to the public, the Suatukala Showcase incorporates micro performances on Langkawi’s most popular beaches and tourist strips as well as a nightly stage line-up on the grassy seaside lawn of
There’s enough variety to suit kids of all ages, so come and join us for a weekend of stories!
The Suatukala Showcase 2015 will be held at The Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa. The Frangipani won the ASEAN Green Award 2012/2014, Anugerah Langkawi 2010/2011 and was in the top 25 Relaxation/ Spa Hotels in Malaysia for the Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice 2012.
The Mek Mulung traditional Malay Theatre is unique to the state of Kedah. The theatre features a repertoire of stories from local legends.
Mek Mulung theatre is believed to have become popular in the 18th century as a form of folk theatre. The stories are presented through dialogue, song and dance.
Mek Mulung will be performed by Kedah-based cultural group AKRAB, who are one of only two recognized exponents in Kedah. Sixteen dancers and musicians will perform in the Mek Mulung theatre. Each dance is performed by dancers using different finger movements. The orchestra of Mek Mulung is predominantly percussive and consists of rebana, gong, kecerek (concussion sticks) and a small oboe.
'Wayang Kulit' or shadow play theatre is traditional form of cultural entertainment using shadows cast by intricately carved puppets in relaying mythical stories of good versus evil.
The puppets are made of cow leather (kulit) that has been stretched and dried. The patterns are then carved out, hand painted and held on banana stems. Good characters will appear on the right side of the stage while evil characters, on the left. Behind the screen, backlit by a flickering oil lamp then, the dalang (puppet master) will weave his tale, bringing to live the shadow play.
It takes great skill to handle the puppets with both hands, sing and tap the kecerek (rattle) with one's foot to signal the musicians and to change the tone of one's voice to suit the various characters. Tok Dalang Pak Majid of the Seri Asun Wayang Kulit troupe is a second generation Dalang (puppet master), having learnt his skills from his illustrious father who formed the group in 1966.