Sunday, 15 June 2014: Bloomsday Celebration taking place at
1 pm Pansodan Scene — free, in price and format
A Celebration of James Joyce and Bloomsday (June 16th) in Music and Words
Come to Pansodan Scene, (144 Pansodan St. 2nd Floor, near the corner of Mahabandoola) to participate in the appreciation of James Joyce’s work, sponsored by the Irish embassy and featuring acclaimed musician and singer Mick Maloney, Michelle Mulcahy; harp, concertina and accordion, Louise Mulcahy; Uilleann Pipes, flute and tin whistle, Athena Tergis; fiddle and writers Joseph Woods, Aung Soe Min, Nance Cunningham and Myanmar writers, musicians and special guests.
Filed under: documentary | Tags: Black Rice Productions, caneball, chin lone, chinloun, documentary, Greg Hamilton, Mystic Ball, Pansodan Scene
Greg Hamilton became fascinated by caneball or chinlone the first time he saw and heard one in action: in a Toronto park, in 1981.
The connection was deep, and he began coming to Ne Win-era Burma with the idea of developing his skills and eventually, bringing a team on an international tour. The tour never took place — in the 1990s when he was trying to arrange it, it was difficult to get a passport — and so we benefit from his Plan B: the documentary Mystic Ball. Mystic Ball will be showing at Pansodan Scene on Saturday 15 March 2014 at 6.30 pm. Greg Hamilton will be there, to introduce the documentary and answer questions.
Greg Hamilton came to Pansodan Gallery for an interview on 4 March 2014. He explained that when he first came to Burma in 1986, chinlone was considered a low-prestige, village and dusty street sport, and people were amazed but delighted by his serious interest.
Pansodan: What footage was hardest to cut out of the documentary?
Well, we had shot three hundred fifty hours, which was cut to eighty-three minutes. In a way, the hardest to cut was the playing. I could have had it all just the game. But there were other things that were hard to cut. Like when I played music for elephants in Mandalay Zoo.
Pansodan: What gave you the idea to do that?
I started playing music for zoo animals in the 1970. I was thinking about the animals as being in prison. People were coming, looking, pointing, and no one was sharing anything with the animals. So I started playing music for them. Birds are most responsive, of course.
This time, I was playing for these elephants in Mandalay, and one had killed two people in the last year. The cameraman kept asking me to move closer and closer. It was raining, the ground was very muddy. I was kind of scared. So anyway that was an interesting experience.
Pansodan: What about women playing?
I think that the number of women playing has increased slowly here because of the modesty factor. Women don’t want to be seen in shorts. When I first came here, a mini-skirt would have been unthinkable. A lot of the women, if they got married, their husbands would forbid them to playing chinloun, because they didn’t want people seeing their legs. But maybe now that more girls wear miniskirts, there will be more women playing.
Pansodan: From your point of view, how’s the development in the game itself here?
The game has been evolving. It might be a thousand or a thousand five hundred years old. It is changing here, too. When I first came here, for example, the balls used to be a little smaller and the cane used to be much better. They can’t get really good quality cane now for balls. I still have some of the original forty balls that I got in 1986… I’ve been meaning to bring one back here to show them here.
The moves have been changing too. There are about two hundred named moves now, more and more. It is more acrobatic now, but less elegant. The older players put more emphasis on the pose, similar to dance poses that you took as you kicked the ball with a certain move. Now it’s got more of this breakdance, kind of young feel.
Filed under: exhibit | Tags: Cartoon, Malte Jehmlich, Myanmar Meets Europe, pansodan, Soe Thaw Dar, Yangon
This Saturday, 22 February 2014, at Pansodan Scene. Including Malte Jehmlich’s cartooning machine.
Filed under: art and ideas | Tags: လူထုအမွတ္သညာ, လူထုအမှတ်သညာ, collective memory, James C. Scott, Pansodan Scene, public memory, Yangon
The role of public memory in the transition from a closed, autocratic society to one increasingly linked to global flows of capital and information is just beginning to be explored by Burma scholars, specialists, and indeed the public. These discussions have the potential to animate and clarify the question of how publicly shared memories of the past are implicated in collective and individual acts of commemoration, resistance, and capitulation.
Professor James C. Scott of Yale University and author of influential texts on politics and anthropology in Southeast Asia, including The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, will give a lecture on the topic of public memory this week at Pansodan Scene.
We cordially invite you to join Professor Scott’s lecture and participate in the discussion by sharing your questions, views, experiences.
At Pansodan Scene, Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 5:00pm-7:00pm. Free & Open to the Public
Filed under: exhibit | Tags: burma, exhibition, myanmar, Pansodan Scene, Rangoon, Rangun, shwe thein, Yangon
Shwe Thein’s solo show at Pansodan Scene is particularly accomplished.
He has never forgotten his Rakhine boats, and other scenes of his home. The Yangon paintings have a creamy touch and careful colours. In this exhibition he has introduced a new series, of Rakhine wrestling, as well.
Open 10–6 every day until 21 February 2014.
Filed under: exhibit | Tags: festival, gallery, pansodan, photograhy, Xavier Zimbardo, Yangon
Filed under: exhibit | Tags: Deitta, Gareth Bright, kaung htet, Minzeyar, Munem Wasif, Pansodan Scene, Per Anders Rosenkvist, Philip Blenkinsop, photography
What happens when internationally known photographers spend a week with seven photographers from Bangladesh, ten from Norway, and six from Myanmar? Nobody knows yet, but you can find out on 12 February. Photojournalist Philip Blenkinsop with support from Gareth Bright, Munem Wasif, Per Anders Rosenkvist, Dr Kaung Htet and Minzeyar will work with these students to hone their reportage skills, and the pubic can see the results 7:00–9:00 pm, at Pansodan Scene. Find out more at Myanmar Deitta.