• 28 JULY 2019 (SUN)
    5:00PM – 11:00PM

LEBUH PANTAI

Description

The Festival’s grand finale – The Extravaganza – will cast local and international street and performing artists to form an enormous art bash that is worth a universal celebration. This free-to-attend street event is brimming with diverse selections of performing and installation arts ranging from contemporary to traditional and novel performances at selected spots, inviting visitors to experience arts in a new way.

Visitors can look forward to taking a short trip back in time in a specially curated photo exhibition featuring photos captured during the first 15 days of the ongoing Festival. There will also be a runway presentation titled REBORN which is designed to speak for the voiceless, bringing about much-needed awareness on environmental conservation and animal abuse prevention. BIRD, a dance performance created in artistic collaboration between visual theatre company WHS from Finland and Pichet Klunchun Dance Company from Thailand, is set to make a special appearance at The Extravaganza. Taking centre stage is our locally-renowned choreographer and dancer, Aida Redza, who will be mesmerising visitors with a dance performance. International and local aerial silk and rope performing artists will as well hit the stage, delivering eclectic live performances for all to enjoy. Other acts who will be joining the grand finale include Angika Fine Arts which will be presenting varied Indian dances and Incredible Mallakhamb which is set to deliver spellbinding acrobatic movements of Mallakhamb – a traditional Indian sport in which a gymnast performs feats and poses in concert with a vertical wooden pole or rope.

Location Map

1. MAIN STAGE

Odissi | Angika Fine Arts

Malaysia

5:30PM & 8:45PM

Angika Fine Arts is set to present varied Indian dances at George Town Festival. Lawrence Sackris, the Artistic Director of Angika Fine Arts, will leave festival-goers in awe with his graceful performance of Odissi. Odissi is one of the classical Indian dance forms originated from Orissa, possessing its own beauty and uniqueness.

Sackris, together with the Angika Fine Arts’ dancers, will bring you astonishing performances. Prepare to be mesmerised by the spellbinding movement of Dandiya dance, which is performed by a group of men and women moving in circles to measure the steps and mark the time by sticks called Dandiya. Catch a glimpse of the colourful Indian culture through the energetic Bollywood dance, in the midst of a vibrant music.

Mallakhamb | Incredible Mallakhamb

India

6:00PM

The Incredible Mallakhamb is one of the most distinguished group of performers in the world, with an experience of more than 18 years in Mallakhamb, a traditional Indian sport in which a gymnast performs feats and poses with a vertical wooden pole or rope. They have performed at numerous international platforms, including Festival of Mondial, India’s Got Talent, Georgia’s Got Talent and Setouchi Triennale 2016 in Japan. If you like an impressive display of strength, skill and creativity fascinate you, then Incredible Mallakhamb is just for you.

In the Name of Celebration | HANDS Percussion

Malaysia

6:30PM

Carrying the jidor, playing the shigu. From one festival to another. A new aspiration, crossing traditional boundaries with movement and music. When the music begins, it’s an avid greeting from HANDS Percussion and its musicians! The award-winning drumming and percussion troupe is all set to present an exuberant performance where audiences will be treated to the rhythmic beatings of jidor and shigu drums, to make the celebration even merrier!

HANDS Percussion clinched the coveted BaliSpirit Festival and The World Economic Forum in 2015 and had performed in the United States, Switzerland, Taiwan, Indonesia and more.

BIRD | Pichet Klunchun Dance Company & WHS

Thailand & Finland

7:15PM

On stage, the performers are confined in a birdcage, teaching fake birds to fly. Liberating birds from a cage and letting them fly freely is thought to be a good deed, but while someone is setting the birds free, someone is taking them captive.

Brought to you by WHS, a visual theatre company from Finland, and Pichet Klunchun Dance Company from Thailand, BIRD is a thought-provoking reflection on humanity from the perspective of birds.

REBORN | Chan Hong Yu

Malaysia

9:15PM & 10:30PM

REBORN is a contemplative runway presentation meticulously designed to speak for the voiceless, bringing about much-needed awareness on environmental conservation as well as animal abuse prevention. It presents a stark contrast on the appearance of the models, offering audiences an intimate, unvarnished look at the violence behind our seemingly beautiful world.

REBORN is brought to you by Chan Hong Yu, an emerging visual artist who is currently the Artistic Director of Oonik Design in Penang. For Chan, visual art can be very connotative and can also be used to express the imagination of the creator vividly, just like other artistic creations.

Reclaim | WindRiver Productions

Malaysia

9:30PM

To celebrate George Town Festival’s grand finale, WindRiver Productions, led by Aida Redza, dedicates a dance expressing power, poetry and the care for our island. The performance begins by tracing the memory of our shoreline along Beach Street, and as it moves up to the stage, the dance starts to call attention to the concerns over our changing sea and landscape.

Reclaim serves as a stirring to create a call-to-action through dance on how we must first recover and protect the past before making forced changes to create a new future.

2. DANCE IN THE AIR

Contigo Me Voy | Mi Santa

Spain & Argentina

5:00PM, 7:00PM & 9:45PM

Two human beings, sharing their universes. The intersection of two lives, trying to make one, the simple, the uncomfortable, the repetitive, the unachievable things. Different but together.

Two artists from Spain and Argentina, with more than ten years of experience working on stages, will be performing a heart-stopping show like no other. The creation of Sofia Demicheli, CRUDA and the latest work of Martin Samanna, Alumen, form the extraordinary Contigo Me Voy. They are set to keep audiences on their toes with risky yet jaw-dropping acrobatic techniques mixed with trapeze, Cyr wheel and their artistic universe.

Fallen Angel & Light of Hope | Viva Circus

Malaysia

6:00PM, 6:45PM & 8:45PM

Noah Yap Kok Boon, a troupe leader and Artistic Director of TEAM Theatre, is also a full-time drama instructor. He got involved in stage and performing arts since 2005 and is currently pursuing his dancing passion at Viva Vertical Malaysia, majoring in aerial hoop, aerial silk and pole dancing.

At the GTF 2019 much-buzzed about finale, Noah will hit the stage with a raw, heart-stopping, delicate aerial silk performance, pushing his physical limits without reservation. This highly recommended show will grant audiences an unforgettable visceral experience.

Aerial Rope Act | Linda Vellar

Italy

6:15PM, 7:45PM & 10:15PM

The rope serves as a minimal line between the air and the ground where the energies of the body are reversed. Audiences can witness a corporal contortion filled with a sense of alienation that is different from that of a normal human being. The captivating show by the widely travelled Linda Vellar from Italy will bring you on a mind-blowing voyage to other universes and then go back home.

3. THE WONDER

Special Hoop Act | Linda Vellar

Italy

5:15PM, 7:00PM & 9:15PM

Sometimes a circle is more than meets the eye. In her enthralling hula hoop act, Linda Vellar from Italy combines awesome tricks with multiple rings. Imagine this: a hula hoop is raised from the floor, encircling her, seemingly lifted by unseen hands. This compelling show is performed with such exquisite control that she appears almost motionless and the hula hoop seems to take on a life of its own.

Jonnie Comedy Show | Jonathan Goh

Singapore

5:30PM, 6:30PM & 9:45PM

Jonnie Fire Show | Jonathan Goh

Singapore

8:00PM, 9:00PM & 10:30PM

To amp up the reverie of the night, Jonathan Goh from Singapore will be delivering a high-octave fire performance like none other! Jonathan has collaborated and worked with various arts groups in Singapore such as Acropolates, Nadi Singapura, Orkestar Trio, SA and Temple of Fine Arts. He is currently managing his own performing duo, The Annoying Brothers, and is working with a social circus group known as Bornfire.

Sep Sep Tom Tom | Kumpulan GENIUS Seni Tari

Malaysia

6:00PM

Kids, childhood games and festivals do mix. Come with your kids in tow and catch these super talented tots from GENIUS Seni in action! Sep Sep Tom Tom, a dance inspired by Malaysian children’s games, is initiated as part of GENIUS Seni, a structured learning and training programme for Malaysian children aged between six to 17 years old who are gifted in the arts. The programme is coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture through the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN).

Fire Performance | Luka

France

6:15PM, 8:45PM & 9:30PM

Get ready for a diverse range of blazing performances by Luka from France as she manipulates fire through staff twirling, poi spinning, and spellbinding pyrotechnic effects. With a fiery combination of astounding dance and acrobatic movements, we assure you that it is going to be a flaming treat for thrillseekers – young and old.

Mallakhamb | Incredible Mallakhamb

India

7:15PM, 8:30PM & 10:15PM

The Incredible Mallakhamb is one of the most distinguished group of performers in the world, with an experience of more than 18 years in Mallakhamb, a traditional Indian sport in which a gymnast performs feats and poses with a vertical wooden pole or rope. They have performed at numerous international platforms, including Festival of Mondial, India’s Got Talent, Georgia’s Got Talent and Setouchi Triennale 2016 in Japan. If you like an impressive display of strength, skill and creativity fascinate you, then Incredible Mallakhamb is just for you.

4. MAGICAL LIGHT

Whatever you’re doing, make sure you’re in town to experience the glowing magical light in the dark! Watch as the historical landmark of George Town is brought to life with illuminating artistic creations, unveiling the living story of the Festival, accompanied by the enchanting charm of the night. Jointly brought by FILAMEN, a local projection mapping community group and Ewe Chen Chin from Lo-profile, the vibrant neon lights and dynamic colours will transform the space into a lively night-time streetscape that is unmissable! Keep your eyes peeled for an astounding acrobatic show amid the magical light, too!

Acrobatic Act

A strange character appears amongst the audiences and interacts with them. With an extremely flexible body, Ines balances on the hands and moves in a twisted way. It is a thought-provoking story of the different and the unknown, hoping to make the crowd realised that, beyond the superficial differences, we are all made by the same fundamental essence.

5. ‘BACK IN TIME’ PHOTO EXHIBITION

In case you missed out the first 15 days of the ongoing Festival, this is an excellent opportunity for you to catch up. Take a short trip back in time through a specially curated photo exhibition which explores all types of theatre, music, dance, and visual art imagery through the lens of professional and emerging photographers. Taken throughout the Festival, they are gorgeous!

6. MELODIOUS JOY

There is a certain buzz about listening to the soothing sounds of violin by Julian Lee, harp by Bryan Lee, saxophone, guitar and cajon by 3 Tones right here in George Town. If you love current, innovative and urban music, Melodious Joy may be just what you are looking for.