Tanam Tebu Di Bibir (Plant Sugar Cane On Lips) | State of Motion 2018: Sejarah-ku



Tanam Tebu Di Bibir (Plant Sugar Cane On Lips) directed by Irfan Kasban

This theatrical piece tackles distortions of nostalgia through a light-hearted humourous satirical farce. The golden era of Malay-language films has long ended. To rejuvenate its vitality and relevance, a group of young nostalgic actors form a collective to reinterpret footages from old films. They gather to redub scenes from the classics to give them a wider appeal. In the process, they discover that the task at hand is tricky, especially in juggling inclusivity within language, race, gender, and politics. What started as a sincere homage becomes more arduous than saying sweet nothings.

Playwright-director: Irfan Kasban
Farez Najid (as Director)
Salif Hardie (as Voice Actor)
Shafiqhah Efandi (as Voice Actor)

Visit https://stateofmotion.sg/ for a full list of programmes during Opening Weekend, happening from 12 – 14 January 2018 at the National Library Plaza and Malay Heritage Centre.

Irfan Kasban

Irfan Kasban, an interdisciplinary artist who enjoys crafting multi-layered performances stemming from issues that resonates with him. As a playwright-director with 10 years of experience, he has explored themes of faith, marginalisation, displacement and sovereignty. Irfan gravitates to performance forms that are site-specific, physical, textual and character driven. In recent years, he has taken an interest to film, music, myth, folklore, anthropology, and culture—shifting energies from the structures of traditional theatre. He hopes to celebrate space and time, by creating intricate universes within his lifetime. Irfan is currently working on a performance based on Sun Tzu's Art of War, as Associate Artist at Teater Ekamatra.


Films serve as records of social histories and latent discourses - more so during tumultuous times when change was most imminent.

The 2018 edition of State of Motion explores film as a site of cultural and ideological production in the last decade of pre-independence Singapore. Reactivating snippets of our national past, Sejarah-ku (Malay for 'My History') comprises a selection of seminal Malay-language films produced predominantly by the now-defunct Shaw Malay Film Productions Ltd, as well as a diverse line-up of artworks and performances made in response to the films.

In revisiting these films of the past, audiences are asked to reflect on how the ideas and discourses then return with ever greater relevancy now.


Jan 13 - Jan 14, 2018
[ Sat ] - [ Sun ]
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM SGT
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Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
Tanam Tebu Di Bibir (Plant Sugar Cane On Lips) - 13 Jan, 6pm FULL
Tanam Tebu Di Bibir (Plant Sugar Cane On Lips) - 14 Jan, 7pm FULL
Venue Address
Malay Heritage Centre Singapore
Asian Film Archive