A CITY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

As one of South East Asia’s most cosmopolitan and cultured cities, live entertainment and performing arts here can be described as lively and exhilarating. With world-class venues such as the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (Petronas Philharmonic Hall), the Istana Budaya, the KL Performing Arts Centre as well as the growing number of smaller theatres, visitors can always take in a show at any day of the week.

There are also venues that are dedicated to cultural performances such as the Temple of the Fire Arts and the Sutra Dance Theatre.

MUD THE MUSICAL : THE STORY OF KUALA LUMPUR

With a cast clad in colourful costumes, catchy songs and energetically choreographed dances, MUD The Musical : The Story of Kuala Lumpur, is a must -watch for any visitor to Kuala Lumpur. This interactive musical entertains and also allows for audiences to learn about the eventful and thrilling history of Kuala Lumpur from its beginnings as a tin mining town on the confluence of the Gombak and Klang rivers to the bustling metropolis it is today. The show is staged in the City Hall Theatre (Panggung Bandaraya), one of the oldest heritage buildings in the city.

LOCATION:  PANGGUNG BANDARAYA, JALAN RAJA

DEWAN FILHARMONIK PETRONAS

Officially opened on the 17th of August 1998, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DPF) also known as The Petronas Philharmonic Hall has been home to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Since its grand opening, DPF has played host to some of the world’s leading artists and orchestras as well as international jazz performances and traditional Malaysian music and dance.
 

The design of this state-of-the-art concert hall takes inspiration from the traditional shoebox shape of the great 19th century European concert halls. It seats an audience of 885, which includes box seating at Stalls level and 20 luxurious corporate suites at Circle and Upper Circle levels. The DPF has been the focal point for a large and enthusiastic classical music audience. It has also provided musicians from around the world, as well as Malaysians with an opportunity to contribute to the richness and diversity of the evolving musical culture in Malaysia. 

LOCATION:  PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS, KUALA LUMPUR CITY CENTRE

THE TEMPLE OF FINE ARTS

Located in Brickfields, the Temple of Fine Arts is the main centre of learning in Malaysia for classical Indian music. It also has an orchestra, which performs under the baton of Suresh Ramachandran, its music director. Lavish and polished musical productions in the form of dance dramas incorporating instrumental ensemble music, vocal music, dance, acting and sophisticated stage lighting are held here.

LOCATION:   JALAN BERHALA, BRICKFIELDS

ISTANA BUDAYA

Malaysia’s premier state-of-the-art theatre stages mostly state funded performances and big, international fare like Cats, Fame, and Saturday Night Fever. With a 2,500 seating capacity, a high tech stage and equipment, it represents the ultimate audio-visual theatre experience.

LOCATION:  JALAN TUN RAZAK

SUTRA DANCE THEATRE

Sutra Dance Theatre is an innovative nerve centre of dance that has, over the last three decades, strived to uphold its aim to nurture the Malaysian performing arts scene. Established in 1983 by Ramli Ibrahim, Sutra Dance Theatre has groomed a generation of Malaysian dancers and taken original Malaysian works to reach out to national and international audience, promoting the cultural diversity and vibrancy of Malaysian dance.

Repeated invitations to perform in dance bastions in India itself indicate the high international acclaim and esteem Sutra’s accomplishments have garnered. Sutra has also collaborated with Malaysian and overseas theatre-makers in costume and set design, script, and music. Its activates include performances, exhibitions (Sutra Gallery) and teaching (Sutra Academy). Sutra is associated with odissi not only in Malaysia, but also internationally. Sutra’s multi-racial dancers of Malays, Indian, Chinese and mixed races speak well of Dance transcending racial and cultural barriers in Malaysia. 

LOCATION:  PERSIARAN TITIWANGSA

KLPAC (KUALA LUMPUR PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE)

Housed in a former railway warehouse, as the name suggests this excellent venue focuses mostly on performing arts, KLPAC does however put on regular visual arts exhibitions as well. Sentul is somewhat of an effort to get to from central KL, so you are advised to combined any visit to see an exhibition, with a show, or with a wander round the pleasant grounds.

LOCATION:  SENTUL PARK, JALAN STRACHAN (OFF JALAN SULTAN AZLAN SHAH)

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