“Penarok pensol besenwej ru peinoi poi”. (Semai language)
Alunan Pensol mendayu-dayu, mengiringi hebusan angin.
The sound of Pensol swaying, with the accompanying of the wind.
“Chenloi” is a new work premiering at YSDAF 2023, the result of an exciting collaboration between three different artistes – Pensol (nose flute) player Bah Raman, dancer / choreographer Yeow Lai Chee of Soubi Sha and sape’ player Shawn Finian Wong.
The trio met at the A.S.L.I campaign 2023, a campaign organised by Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology (TAR UMT) to create awareness on a safe home for the Orang Asli and the importance of preserving the culture and heritage, where each performed individually in the piece called “Tanah Ku, Ungkapan Ku”.
Their friendship blossomed and “Chenloi” will mark their first collaboration together. It will be a chance for audiences to hear the music of the Orang Asli and Orang Asal. Chenloi is also an exploration between three artistes of different backgrounds and from different generations – Bah Rahman who lives in the forest, Lai Chee who lives in KL and Shawn, a young man from Sarawak. What do they share in common? How can they create together?
About the Artiste / Group
Raman Bin Bah Tuin
An indigenous of the Semai ethnicity. He is a Pensol musician living at the Orang Asli Village, Batu 11, Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia. He regularly performs at various cultural events and performances, most notably at the National Indigenous People Convention 2019 and Living Arts Festival 2019. Not only is Bah Raman knowledgeable about Semai craft and culture, he is skilled in making items such as wooden blowpipe, bamboo fish trap, kerchange game kit and flute from bamboo and tree barks.
Yeow Lai Chee
Lai Chee started performing in 2004 as a vocalist and dancer for the Malaysian musical production, Musical on Stage, and was part of Butoh dance company Nyoba Kan from 2009 to 2011. She learned Butoh Notation from Butoh Master Yukio Waguri (Tokyo) from 2009 to 2015. She has participated and performed in a series of Butoh performances in Malaysia and abroad including Thailand, China, Hong Kong and Macau. Lai Chee established her own Butoh company Soubi Sha in 2012 and produced a series of productions including Butoh Season 2013 & 2014 in collaboration with Japan Butoh dancers and Hijiakata Archive, Keio University, Reminiscence: The Strange Tales, and directed her own full-length Butoh performance The Dead Bird. She obtained her MA Cultural Management from Northumbria University in 2015 and is currently a full-time lecturer in Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology.
Shawn Finian Wong
Hailing from Miri, Sarawak, Shawn has been learning the Sape’ since he was 14 and is now a seasoned Sape’ performer under the guidance of mentors Hallan Hashim and Garry Sudom. He has been actively performing the Sape’ since 2018. Recently, Shawn performed at the Borneo Jazz Festival in Miri, as well as at the A.S.L.I Campaign in Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology. Shawn was crowned the champion of the BNF Sape’ Competition that was held at Central Market on 20th May 2023.Through his music, Shawn aims to create greater awareness and appreciation for this beautiful traditional instrument among his audiences.
Few Semai language, this performance is not a drama showcase, thus no script.
Dancer, Direction & Concept by: Yeow Lai Chee
Music by: Raman Bah Tuin & Shawn Finian Wong