'Excavations, Interrogations, Krishen Jit & Contemporary Malaysian Theatre' is a volume comprising essays, critical reflections and a performance text that stem from an experimental theatre conference held in January 2015 on the work of Malaysian theatre director Krishen Jit (1939 – 2005).
Fourteen writers from different disciplines, generations and backgrounds draw from personal encounters, critical theory and performance analysis to engage with ideas about Krishen’s theatre. They excavate and interrogate Krishen’s practice in relation to a politics of theatre, culture and identity, experimentation and networking, archiving and remembering. Readers are invited to encounter and reflect on these ideas dialogically through works, images, design elements and textual interventions that intimate, if not perform, the way interactions occurred during the conference. Just as a performance relies on an engaged audience, this book depends on active readers to apprehend, digest and respond to questions about the business of theatre.
Edited by Charlene Rajendran, Ken Takiguchi & Carmen Nge, and designed by Zarina Othman for William Harald-Wong & Associates, the publication features contributions from Marion D'Cruz, Janet Pillai, T.K Sabapathy, Satoh Makoto, Huzir Sulaiman, Claire Wong, Kathy Rowland, Bilqis Hijjas, Mark Teh, Alvin Lim & MeLê Yamomo. Published by Five Arts Centre & Epigram Books.
Download a free chapter from the book here, Unusual Business in Five Arts Centre: 'Let's Conference!' by Marion D'Cruz and Janet Pillai, with Charlene Rajendran.