• 13 & 14 JULY 2019 (SAT & SUN)
    7:00PM – 11:00PM

PADANG KOTA LAMA (ESPLANADE)

Description

See the transformation of the areas around the Esplanade, a waterfront location in the heart of George Town, into a glowing playground of lights, rays and projection mapping in When Night Falls – a two-day event which brings together an eclectic array of illuminated artworks from across the globe like never before.

Compagnie des Quidams from France is set to trot into the streets with a captivating visual odyssey in FierS à Cheval, where visitors will get to witness a ringmaster put to motion a herd of luminous horses. Joining in the celebration, Moz Drums from France is set to deliver high-energy choreography and magical display of lights designed to the thunderous rhythms of the drums in The Lighted Drummers. Don’t forget to mingle with the performers and ballerinas on stilts in Le Ballerine & Night Colors, brought to you by Teatro Pavana from The Netherlands. Joining forces with these international artists is our very own FILAMEN, a projection mapping community group, set to reimagine the facade of Town Hall of Penang through the creative use of video mapping to create three-dimensional art.

Site Map

ZONE 1 | PROJECTION MAPPING

Projection mapping is the art of projecting video onto surfaces to create the illusion of three-dimensional art. See the heritage buildings of Penang’s Town Hall and City Hall illuminate like never before as they are transformed into a dazzling display of three-dimensional art installations that are sure to leave you captivated.

ZONE 1A

PROJECTION MAPPING: WHEN NIGHT FALLS

Multination

7:45PM - 11:00PM

The opening night of George Town Festival 2019 is made even merrier with a showcase of ten, 30-second videos of local and international finalists who took part in the open call for projection mapping on Penang’s City Hall, embracing the theme ‘When Night Falls’. There will also be a special highlight by a team from Colombia, promising a head-turning art
installation that will not disappoint!

Finalists

Bualá Colombia * Colombia The Colors of George Town
Ady and Fadjar Indonesia Night Carnival ‘Pasar Malam’
Antaless Visual Design Italy State of Elevation
Artcontrols Hungary Waterfall
Anikó Erdős Hungary Spectra Dance
Goyang Kaki Malaysia Candy Empire
Infinity 6 Malaysia Stargaze
Jhon Sabbat Brazil The Moon Machine
Li Cheng China Memory
White Bones Malaysia Nocturne
Yocondo Ratio Mexico The Starry Night

*Special Highlight

ZONE 1B

PROJECTION MAPPING: WORLD OF FANTASY

Malaysia

7:45PM - 11:00PM

In collaboration with FILAMEN and powered by EPSON Malaysia, George Town Festival brings audiences into a world of fantasy amidst the cultural and historical landmark of Penang. The facade of the 140-year-old building of Town Hall will be reimagined with the creative use of video mapping to create three-dimensional art installations, befitting the theme ‘World of Fantasy’ to excite audiences. How would it be when history is unravelled in a world of fantasy?

ZONE 2 | MAIN STAGE

It’s easy to think that you’ve stepped into a whimsical Instagram rabbit hole thanks to the riveting ballet performances at the Festival’s main stage. There are ballerinas on stilts from the Netherlands in vibrant coloured tutus as well as ballet dancers from MyDance Station Ballet School, offering you a spellbinding odyssey of lights and movements!

The Nocturne

Malaysia

13 July 2019 (9:30PM) | 14 July 2019 (8PM & 9:30PM)

Those searching to watch a dazzling showcase of contemporary music and ballet dance would do well here. Catch a group of beautiful ballerinas dancing on stage and watch their tutus turn into sparkling, magical dresses in The Nocturne, brought to you by MyDance Station Ballet School, a prestigious performing arts school in Penang. Established in 1996, MyDance Station Ballet School specialises in teaching and training ballet and character dance to children and teenagers, based on the syllabus from the globally-recognised UK-based Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D). The award-winning ballet school has participated in numerous ballet competitions and national dance competitions.

Le Ballerine

Netherlands

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

Walking on stilts is a tall order to some, but it’s a walk in the park to the performers from Teatro Pavana. Dressed in vibrant coloured tutus, the ballerinas on stilts will get you wondering ‘from what wondrous ballet did these dancers have walked away?’. When the ballerinas on stilts turn their pirouettes, their vibrant coloured tutus move like clouds of tulle, waving and swirling to the sound of music. It’s a dazzling show you would not want to miss.

ZONE 3 | THE GRANDEUR

Step into a night of vivid-coloured dreams when the sun goes down at The Grandeur, where interactive dazzling light shows and vigorous beating of drums await. The dream-like atmosphere is made merrier with a roving act from France, as well as a group of performers on stilts wearing glow-in-the-dark white and silver costumes from the Netherlands. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that truly lives up to all the hype.

FierS à Cheval

France

7:45PM & 9:30PM

First things first: charge your smartphone and camera so that you can capture this visual odyssey. Compagnie des Quidams’ FierS à Cheval is set to trot into the streets, where a ‘ringmaster’ leads a herd of luminous ‘horses’ to charm audiences with a visually stunning circus! Founded by artistic director Jean-Baptiste Duperray, the Compagnie des Quidams has performed over a dozen shows in more than forty countries, from Europe to Australia, Asia and South America. The company brings together artists and technicians from various backgrounds ranging from theatre to dance, music and circus to keep audiences enthralled with their fantasy-filled performances.

The Lighted Drummers

France

7PM, 9PM & 10:30PM

Here’s something you don’t get to see every day: watching a bunch of cheeky, glowing drummers parading the street. The strange musicians from Moz Drums, with their glittering costumes, upbeat demeanour, lively drum beats, and dazzling LED technology, is set to dial up the fun with a stunning spectacle of light and movement suitable for audiences of all ages! These drummers aren’t the least bit shy, so be prepared to be approached by them! The interactive video screen on their bodies gives an additional technological impact, too. Moving their bodies to every beat and cutting through the crowd in a cloud of smoke, Moz Drums brings out all the drama of a dynamic light show with a real-time dynamic and lively exchange!

Night Colors

Netherlands

8:30PM & 10PM

Enjoy a night of enchanting act on stilts where the performers’ white or silver coloured costumes are beautifully illuminated with light wire while the mask is individually lit, giving the show a magnetic combination of technology, dance and music — a complete audiovisual overdose. Watching these captivating stilt-walkers walking right by you is indeed something special.

Venice-based Teatro Pavana is a professional street theatre company founded in 1993. Teatro Pavana started small, but the company had developed into a large and much sought-after troupe throughout the years. By engaging experienced artists from different nationalities and backgrounds, the ensemble is evolving continuously to present new acts regularly.

ZONE 4 | THE LIVING SCREEN

The Festival’s opening night is about to get ‘livelier’ if you catch our drift. Experience living screens that tell thought-provoking stories for a complete immersion in the transformational nature of the arts. Get ready to be impressed and inspired by the artistic creations of Visual Art Laboratory from South Korea and Kongsi Petak from Kuala Lumpur which will fill you with awe and wonder.

Body Riddle

Malaysia

9PM

Bringing together Luna Macula, a projection painting artist duo, dancer/choreographer Steve Goh and sound artist/percussionist Jimmy Chong, four contemplative dance pieces with the theme ‘Body Riddle’ ensued, where each media – sound, visual and the human body – takes turn to throw questions, to which others will respond with their own expressions. The process of asking a question and giving an answer repeats itself and accumulates into an even bigger expression as a whole. The performance is created by Seni Tiga, a multidisciplinary collaborative performance series initiated by Kongsi Petak.

Umbrella of Conscience

South Korea

8PM & 10PM

At Umbrella of Conscience, the critical environmental concerns that our world is facing today are expressed through sand art. Audiences move along with the steampunk bike which releases steam while taking part in the process of finding the right direction to resolve the current environmental issues when the sand artist stops at particular spots to draw a provocative sand art. Do you want to listen to the message that the Earth is communicating? Then, follow the Umbrella of Conscience.

ZONE 5 | AQUATIC DREAM

The lawn at the Esplanade unfolds itself in a surprising way – this time it’s brimming with water! And here’s where you can watch people dancing on water, literally. Watch the graceful dancers performing on a wet surface which gleams in the dark! This visceral performance, choreographed by Pexstret Liu, showcases artistic excellence in dynamic yet graceful contemporary dance movements, giving a whole new meaning to ‘fluid movement’.

On and Off

Malaysia

8:45PM & 10:30PM

Modernisation and globalisation have had us trapped in a rat race. But do we live for ourselves amid laborious work and the hectic pace of city life? Or we are, in fact, living for others? Expressed predominantly through contemporary dance movements which evolved from Malaysian traditional dance forms, this ruminative site-specific dance performance by Pexstret Liu makes use of the elegance and infinite form of water to lead us to ponder if we are breathing for others.

The Return of Tapestry

Malaysia

7:45PM & 9:30PM

Think you’ve seen it all? Think again. Prepare to be transported to a luminescent space where a cross-cultural installation performance is presented on water which glows in the dark with LED lights. With a modern and straightforward backdrop and vibrant contemporary costumes that seem to be inspired by traditional Malaysian costumes, you won’t regret adding The Return of Tapestry to your itinerary.

ZONE 6 | FLAME IN THE DARK

Luka, Zeb & Cassia Chloe

France & United Kingdom

7:45PM, 8:30PM, 9:30PM & 10:30PM

It’s time to turn the heat up when the night falls! Get ready for a diverse range of blazing performances by international fire artists as they manipulate fire through staff twirling, poi spinning, and spellbinding pyrotechnic effects. With a fiery combination of thrilling martial arts, astounding dance and acrobatic movements, Flame in the Dark is a flaming treat for thrillseekers – young and old.

ZONE 7 | NIGHT LIGHT

Farhan Fathee

Malaysia

7PM - 11PM

Prepare your mind for a journey beyond reality as we bring you through fanciful environments to explore the endless possibilities that light can offer. In collaboration with FILAMEN, Light Warp by Farhan Fathee will show you how light travels across spaces to create a sense of motion in the crowd. By manipulating light, Light Rain vibrantly captures the beauty of raindrop, giving you a sense of what it is like to be washed over with neon! Get your poses ready at these instagrammable light installations!