14th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards Takes a New Direction

Published by Amzar Anizam @ 20/04/2017

The BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, which celebrates outstanding performances in dance, music, theatre and musical theatre performed in the previous year, is taking a new direction and raising the bar for excellence this year with the new “Best Of” list, which represents only the most outstanding shows in 2016.

Selected by a panel of award judges from across all performing arts categories, the “Best of 2016” list which includes Into the Woods, The Language Archive, Shakespeare Goes Bollywood and others, aims to drive competition and encourage Malaysian artists and producers to make bolder choices in producing outstanding and impactful shows.

In addition, the 14th edition of the award will also be reinvented as a platform for producers to meet potential sponsors keen to invest in local performing art companies. Producers of “Best of 2016” shows will be given top priority for exclusive meetings with potential investors and sponsors as well as international festival curators and directors.

Low Ngai Yuen, President of Kakiseni, said: “Often, in our efforts to encourage more strategic partnerships between corporates and creatives, we find that many business entities don’t realise that they are entitled to receive tax benefits by supporting and investing in the arts. Hence, starting this year, the award will also be a platform for companies to explore investment opportunities in the performing arts industry.”

Caroline Russell, CEO of BOH Plantations, commented: “We are excited with the new direction that the awards are taking to bring about meaningful change and drive Malaysia’s performing arts industry to the next level. We hope the new direction; ‘Raising the Bar for Artistic Excellence’ will encourage local productions and artistes to push the envelope.”

Jointly organised by BOH and Kakiseni, the 14th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards Night is set to take place on 7th May 2017 at the St. Regis Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Full list of the “Best of 2016” shows:

1. Black & White @ Variation Rerun 2016

Choreographed by Anthony Meh Kim Chuan & Aman Yap Choong Boon

Presented by Dua Space Dance Theatre

Performed at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC)

2. From Soho to Shinjuku. Half Man Half Myth

Choreographed by Loh Pit Fang & Low Ming Yam

Presented by Damansara Performing Arts Centre

Performed at Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC)

3. Into The Woods

Musical direction by Shensation

Directed by Nell Ng

Presented by PAN Productions.

Performed at KuAsh Theatre, TTDI

4. Richard III

Directed by Deric Gan Eng Kee

Presented by The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat & MUKA Space

Performed at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC)

5. Shakespeare Goes Bollywood

Directed by Matthew Koh

Presented by The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat & Big Nose Productions

Performed at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC)

6. The Language Archive

Directed by Ghafir Akbar

Presented by PH7 Production Management Sdn Bhd

Performed at KuAsh Theatre, TTDI

Left (back): Michael Xavier Voon (Exec. Judge), Mervyn Peters (Exec. Judge), Caroline Russell (CEO of BOH Plantations), Low Ngai Yuen (President of Kakiseni), Dr Wong Oi Min (Exec. Judge), Easee Gan (Richard III). Left (front): Ghafir Akhbar (The Language Archive), Dato Faridah Merican (Shakespeare Goes Bollywood), Alia Kearaney (Into The Woods), Anthony Meh Kim Chuan (Black & White @ Variation Rerun 2016) and May Yee (From Soho to Shinjuku - Half Man Half Myth).