Monday Talks: Rivers and environmental justice + Dance Performance by Aida Redza and Hui Min Leow in collaboration with Orang Orang Drum Theater

Date: 26 Sep 2022, 7:30pm - 10:00pm (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur

"Rivers and environmental justice" is the third conference on urban biodiversity in Malaysia and Southeast Asia proposed by the Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur and the Alliance Française de Penang in 2022, in the presence of Malaysian experts and civil society actors. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the public will have the opportunity to get a broad and complete view of this topic on rivers in cities.

The talk will be followed by an artistic performance.

[TALK] Rivers and environmental justice

Speakers' Bio:

Mr. Kennedy Michael
Kennedy Michael is an accidental environmentalist who keeps accidentally getting involved in environmental conservation. He is often called a polymath but he denies any and all accusations of any misrepresentation. Kennedy wears many hats and it has nothing to do with his hairstyle but everything to do about his interest and passion for life and accidents. Mostly happy. He is the Founder of the Alliance of River Three, Friends of Sungai Klang Taman Melawati River Three, Friends of Sungai Klang Mid Valley River Three, and a founding member of Gabungan Darurat Iklim Malaysia and their Communications Coordinator. He is the creator of the River Three - River Conservation, Protection, and Rehabilitation Programme and the creator of the Taman Melawati and Mid Valley River Three Parks. He is also a happy recipient of The Star Golden Hearts Awards 2020 for environmental conservation.

Ms. Kwong Chiew Ee
Chiew Ee is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution and Litigation Department at Rahmat Lim & Partners. She is also part of the Firm’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) & Public Policy practice group. She is a member of the Bar Council Environmental and Climate Change Committee. Chiew Ee is the Malaysian National Rapporteur for Climate Change Litigation at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, New York. She was selected as a Fellow under the U.S. Department of State’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellow Program under the Sustainable Development and Environment Institute Theme.

Dr. Valérie Barbosa

Dr. Valérie Barbosa is an oceanographer whose research work focused mostly on aquaculture and molecular virology. She got involved in different projects in public and private institutions in Mexico, France, Canada and the USA. In 2017, she was appointed at the Embassy of France in Mexico to develop the bilateral collaboration in  Science and Technology. In 2021, she joined the team Embassy of France to Malaysia as the Attachée for Science and Higher Education and the Director of the Malaysian-French University Centre (MFUC).

Aida Redza with her journey into “semangat” meets Hui Min Leow’s “bakar”. Both of them are curious about the position of themselves as artist while facing the question of environment (pollution, deforestation, overexploitation, etc.) with their work respectively, “semangat” and “bakar”. Perhaps, the spirituality is a way to reconnect the people to taste the beauty of nature and engage a moderate living lifestyle. In “Hanyut”, they will present the beginning of their new collaboration together with Boyz Chew and Zyee Leow from Orang Orang Drum Theatre to explore how the body could connect to the environment and create awareness about the importance of river, and the conservation of the source and flow of water.

Performers' Bio:

Aida Redza

Aida Redza is one of Malaysia’s leading contemporary dancers and choreographers, noted for creating multimedia performances. Based in Penang, she is the founder of WindRiver Productions, the artistic principal of Studio Pentas and a member of Ombak-Ombak ARTStudio. 

Hui Min Leow

He completed his Master degree in 2022, Master Expérimentation et Recherche dans les arts de la scène at University Bordeaux Montaigne. He is one of the core members of Orang Orang Drum Theatre and Asia Butoh Tree Team. He explores different body technique and language with people from theatre, music and dance.

Zyee Leow

Founder, artistic director and music director of Orang Orang Drum Theatre since 2013. Since its establishment in 2013, they have been dancing between music, dance, and theatre. Through interactions with traditional cultures and collaborations with different contemporary artists, they create their unique identity of “drum theatre”.

Boyz Chew

Founder, artistic director and music director of Orang Orang Drum Theatre since 2013. Their recent work “掘失Jue2 Shi1 The Hidden Tune”, a music collaboration with Angelika Niescierer toured Jazz Festivals in Germany.

(for valid AFKL members only: use discount code RIVERS15 upon check out)

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