In December 1955, what would come to be known as the Baling Talks was a unique attempt to bring peace to the Malayan peninsula devastated by the Emergency.
'Baling' is a documentary performance that reconstructs these historic negotiations between Tunku Abdul Rahman, David Marshall and Chin Peng, where various visions on building a new nation were imagined, discussed and discarded. Reading from publicly available transcripts, the performer-researchers relook at the meanings of freedom, loyalty, terrorism, reconciliation, surrender, sacrifice and independence, and consider how the phantoms of our history continue to haunt our present.
Produced by: Five Arts Centre (Malaysia).
Commissioned by: Asian Arts Theatre (South Korea).
Co-produced by: Asian Arts Theatre (South Korea), Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2016 Executive Commitee (Japan) and Kyoto Experiment (Japan).
The Korean tour is supported by The Royal Arts Gala (Malaysia).
The KL performance is supported by Yayasan Sime Darby (Malaysia).
PDF of the programme booklet for the April 2016, Kuala Lumpur-run of 'Baling'.