SuperEverything* is a cross disciplinary performing arts project, commissioned by the British Council and created by UK leading audio-visual artists The Light Surgeons in collaboration with Malaysian artists.
SuperEverything* weaves different documentary narratives to create a poetic audio-visual tapestry, that together form a kaleidoscopic portrait of the diverse cultural landscape of Malaysia. Filmed on location across Peninsular Malaysia, this project sets out to explore the relationship between identity, ritual and place by juxtaposing tradition and modernity to reveal a universal story about who we are and how our complex identities are connected.
SuperEverything* brings together a collection of Malaysian musical and visual talent to form a unique audio-visual collaboration. Fusing traditional South East Asian instruments, western classical compositions, field recordings and electronic synthesis and manipulating them live with a stunning, immersive cinematic experience.
This land mark piece of live cinema is exploded across multiple projections and layers together stunning documentary footage and motion graphics with a original, live electronic musical score to transport its audiences on a journey through these most universal themes. From our relationships with each other to our relationship with the environment, Super Everything* surveys our everyday rituals to reveal what unites and divides us. It is a journey through Malaysia’s past, to understand its present and to imagine its future.
It is a project that aims to elevate it's audience to contemplate our shared human story in order to reveal our collective commonality, and asks a timeless question about who we are as individuals and as a society.
Creative Director: Christopher Thomas Allen
Leading Artists: Christopher Thomas Allen & Tim Cowie
Camera: Christopher Thomas Allen, Tim Cowie, Fauzi Yusoff & Fariz Hanapiah
Editing & Post-Production: Christopher Thomas Allen, Tim Cowie, Fauzi Yusoff, Fariz Hanapiah, Jai Rafferty & Helen Omand
Production Assistants: Jake Dowling & Simon Bertheux
Research Assistant: Annie Kwan
Music Direction: Tim Cowie
Collaborating Composers: Tim Cowie, Chor Guan Ng & Eu Seng Seto a.k.a DJ Flica
Musical Contributors: Hands Percussion & Rhythm in Bronze
Live Musical performers (KL): Jimmy Ch'ng, Miu Ng, Ann Peter, May Yong and Ng Chor Guan
Sound Engineering: Shugar Studios
Music Producer: Hardesh Singh
Malaysian Producers: Joanna Lee, Adshrie Yap & Didi Ramlan
UK Project Manager: Alice Ceresole
Online Content Manager: Matt Armitage
Publicity & Marketing Officer: Tan Ee Lyn
We would also like to thank the following people for their help and support during the project:
Southern Edible Oil Industries (M) Sdn Bhd, Southern Group of Companies, Northport (Malaysia) Bhd, Asia Post Press Sdn Bhd, Hospice Malaysia, PUSAKA – Centre for the Study and Documentation of Traditional Performance in Malaysia, ASWARA – Akademi Seni Budaya & Warisan Kebangsaan , Datin Marion D’Cruz, Joseph Gonzales, Tok Dalang Pak Nasir Yusoff, Kamrul Hussin, Colin Nicholas, Phua Sze Ning, Mike Tee, Reita Rahim, Pn. Maznah Unyan & the Pulau Indah Mah Meri community, Adrian Yeo, Yin Shao Loong, the Tan family, the Lee family, residents of the Sri Sabah flats in Cheras, Thean Hou Temple Petaling Jaya, Batu Caves, (location details of: Tapah orang asli village, Kelantan, Kota Bahru, Muay Thai, Kuala Terengganu, Songket Factory, Keropok Lekor, Eddin Khoo, Khairun Niza Zabidi & Maximilian Conrad, Bernice Chauly, Yap Sau Bin, Lim Kok Yoong, Norhadizah binti Azhar (Fifi), Muhamad Kamalrul bin Azman & his lovely bride, Nur Azah binti Idris and family, Emy Falizal, Ms. Farah of Beautrim Salon, Mr. Amirul of HotHotCut, Mr. Lim, Mr. Pallany & Tuan Haji Zahar of Southern Edible Oil Plantation & Factory, Leow Puay Tin and the Department of Performance & Media Sunway University, Reezal Esa, Harjit Chaal, Syarief Nurlette, Robert Yap, Theresa Tan, Ku Chon Tian, Mathan Kumar Balakrishnan & colleagues at the British Council Kuala Lumpur, Reuben Samuel & Azran Zakry of Mile High Sounds, Sharyn Shufiyan, Rathimalar Govindarajoo, Sivarajah Natarajan & the Sutra Dance family, Jerome Kugan, Pang Khee Teik, Lim Chung Wei, Poon Kai Loon, Khor Seng Chew, Yeoh Heng Lian and Meng of the Pudu Community Art Project, Fahmi Reza, Yante Ismail, Ili Farhana, Hasbeemasputra Abu Bakar, Fairuz and Suzy Sulaiman, Fahmi Fadzil & BLAM, Eugene Low & BombShelter Studios, Raymond Yong a.k.a Yellow Monster.
Special thanks to Joel Mills, Emily Wilcox-Sloan, Grey Yeoh and Sunitha Janamohanan at the British Council. Without them, there would be no SuperEverything*
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