“Bravo The Tuyang Initiative, Juvita Tatan Wan and the team for crafting a delicate and delightful show. For once, traditional performances are not only tools to sell tourism but a way to tell stories so rich and layered that everyone should learn and be proud of.”
Tan Cher Kian
Theatre professional (Malaysia)
Feel the melodic intensity of the Kenyah and Kayan war cries. Witness the elegant yet strong dances. Be moved by the soaring, haunting melody of the Kayan elder as she sings praises to the storyteller.
Join acclaimed Kenyah Sape’ master, Mathew Ngau Jau (Malaysia’s Living National Heritage) and Adrian Jo Milang (youngest practitioner of the Parap & Takna’, Kayan oral tradition), and a team of cross-generational community cultural practitioners (collectively known as
“This is an important piece as it gave us an opportunity to introduce ourselves to a wider audience – in our own terms. The show highlights our age-old traditions, our languages and a bit of our history. It was also creatively-led and performed by cross-generational practitioners from the Kenyah and Kayan communities. Not written, directed or performed by anyone else. More than half of our cast are not professional stage actors, three are above the age of 70, and yet they deliver a solid show. Our hope is that more from our communities, especially the younger generation, will be awakened to the possibilities of being professional cultural practitioners. But most importantly,
This stage show is 50-minutes (no intermission), Kayan & Kenyah language with English surtitles. Suitable for all ages.
Music Direction & Words: Mathew Ngau Jau, Adrian Jo Milang, Lian Balan, Salomon Gau, Rose Belare
Artistic Direction: Juvita Tatan Wan, Mathew Ngau Jau, Adrian Jo Milang, Salomon Gau
Musicians: Sape’ – Mathew Ngau Jau, Salomon Gau, Lian Balan, Jatung Utang – Edmund Ngau Bilong
Vocals: Tukang Habe (Kayan Chorus) – Anye Emut, Hulo Laing
Female dancers & vocals: Marlyn Lengan, Rose Belare, Eleanor Simon, Grace Saban Henry
Male dancers & vocals: Adrian Jo Milang, Salomon Gau, Edmund Ngau Bilong
English Translation: Adrian Jo Milang, Juvita Tatan Wan, John Wan Usang
Producer: Juvita Tatan Wan (The Tuyang Initiative)
This project was independently produced by The Tuyang Initiative.
Kelunan Production History
2019 | Spectrum Sept 6 & 8,
Damansara Performing Arts Centre (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia
Interview with Juvita Tatan Wan on BFM (radio)
Interview with Juvita Tatan Wan in The Star
Interview with Juvita Tatan Wan in Dayak Daily
Interview with Mathew Ngau Jau & Juvita Tatan Wan in Oriental Daily
Kelunan (Behind The Scenes)