Flying Circus Project 2013

Art Radar Asia interviews FCP artist couple, Tun Win Aung and Wah Nu – find out more in the Impact of FCP 2013!

Programme in Myanmar // 4 – 14 Jan

The Flying Circus Project invites audiences to join us in Yangon and Mandalay for the Myanmar leg of FCP 2013.

Over 12 days, FCP 2013 will move from Yangon to Mandalay, engaging with local communities of artists, activists, cultural workers, starting with the Art of Freedom Film Festival. Into its second year, the festival aims to broaden the essence and concept of freedom among the peoples of Myanmar through film as a medium. The FCP artists will also engage in two days of keynote addresses by Myanmar public intellectuals on issues of environment, education, feminism, digital media and the new Myanmar. During their stay in Yangon and Mandalay, the FCP artists will encounter many independent artists including Theatre of the Disturbed, the Wathann Film Festival, the Art & Museum Project: Mingon Museum of Contemporary Art, and Gitameit. Kaffe Matthews, and the FCP Alumni artists will conduct a series of workshops with the music students in Gitameit.

Programme in Yangon

5 January 2013, Saturday
6pm

Institut Francais de Birmanie: 340 Pyay Road, Yangon, Myanmar

Hotel Reverie Room No. 64 (Episode # 02) is presented by Theatre of the Disturbed

Commissioned by TheatreWorks Flying Circus Project 2013 in Myanmar

6 January 2013, Sunday
6pm
Institut Francais de Birmanie: 340 Pyay Road, Yangon, Myanmar

Film Screenings by Okkar and Maung Wanna

The Next Drop of Rain (2012)

Director: Maung Okkar
Length of Film: 10min

Synopsis – Mg and Khine have been a couple for 6 years. Since Khine was too ambitious, she got married to Mg after she had got PhD. Khine was 37 years old when she married her husband. The only reason which made the couple divorced turned up when Khine was pregnant with their very first child. Their unborn child was having “Trisomy 21” i.e. he would be born with intellectual impairment and physical abnormalities. Mg asked Khine to take an illegal abortion. Khine denied doing so. As a result, they divorced. Khine is still missing him. The fatherless child was brought up by her.  Khine has a best friend called Hnin, a doctor who assisted her during childbirth. Now her son, Moe, is 9 years old attending at “La Belle Lia”, the only place where the children like her son can learn things.

One day, Hnin asked Khine to visit her house. They talked about Khine’s ex-husband there. Hnin told Khine that Mg was being fairly rich and successful in business, plus, there were rumours about his womanizing. It made Khine to miss him again and go back to the past. However, in reality, she only knows and thinks about her poor son and his future. That is not because she doesn’t miss or love her husband but because the situation she had faced, the environment she was once in were disgusting. When the two friends got to Khine’s house, Khine showed her son’s drawing to Hnin. All of a sudden, a few words written imprecisely under the drawing made them heartbreaking because Moe, the poor child suffering from Down’s syndrome, had been pining for his father and wrote “Daddy” under his drawing.

Wearing Velvet Slippers, Holding a Golden Umbrella (1971)

Director: Maung Wanna
Length of Film: 133min

Synopsis – The story of Dr. Kyi Thar (Myat Lay), who works at the intensive-care unit, Mental Health Hospital, Yangon, and the patient Ma Htar Htar (Myat Mon), an elder sister of a friend. They met for the very first time on his duty. Though the friend¹s family was from Mandalay, they came to Yangon, to Dr. Kyi Thar to take the medical treatment with great expectations. They were right as she was getting much better as time went by and in their relationship too. Both of them knew they were deeply in love, attached to each other without mentioning a thing. It was the patient, who tried to start a new beginning of their close relationship on the day they went out together. However, he severed relations with her against his will as he thought it was the best thing to do. He just tried to keep his morals as a doctor. But their separation left her with the feeling of deep hurt instead. She got worse when they met again after some time. The poor patient asked again her beloved doctor to go out together with a pat expression, “let¹s go out, anywhere!”.

Wearing Velvet Slippers, Holding a Golden Umbrella won Best Director of Myanmar academy award in 1971.

7 January 2013, Monday
2pm
Institut Francais de Birmanie: 340 Pyay Road, Yangon, Myanmar

Workshop presentations by Wu Wenguang

Film Screenings:

  • The Memory Project: Knocking on Memory’s Door with a Video Camera , 60min
  • Listening to Third Grandmother’s Stories, 75min
  • Treatment, 80min

Treatment (2010)

Director: Wu Wenguang
Length of Film: 80min

Synopsis – Pulling from 12 years of footage, Wu Wenguang constructs an essay film on memory and self-knowledge that is at once a memorial to his deceased mother and an attempt to bring her back to life in order to assist his own process of healing.

8 January 2013, Tuesday
7pm
Insitut Francais de Birmanie: 340 Pyay Road, Yangon, Myanmar

Hotel Reverie Room No. 64 (Episode # 01) is presented by Theatre of the Disturbed

Commissioned by TheatreWorks Flying Circus Project 2013 in Myanmar

9 January 2013, Wednesday
10am – 9pm
Insitut Francais de Birmanie: 340 Pyay Road, Yangon, Myanmar

FCP Artist Presentations (10am – 1pm):

FCP Artist Workshops (2pm – 6pm):

FCP Artist Presentations (6.30pm – 10pm):

10 January 2013, Thursday
10am – 9pm
Insitut Francais de Birmanie: 340 Pyay Road, Yangon, Myanmar

FCP Artist Presentations (10am – 1pm):

FCP Artist Workshops (2pm – 6pm):

FCP Artist Presentations (6.30pm – 10pm):

Programme in Mandalay

12 January 2013, Saturday
Marlar Art Centre, Mingon, Myanmar

FCP Artists Presentations :

13, 14 January 2013, Sunday & Monday
Mandalay Contemporary Art Centre

Screening of films by the Wathann Film Festival

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