Title: Maria CencaruCategory: PosterDate: 2023
As a child, Raymond’s mother dressed him up in a gold sequined dress, put a big wig on him, and took him to a talent show – even though cross-dressing and homosexuality were and still are illegal and taboo in Malaysia. Raymond won third prize. More than 20 years later, Raymond returns to that moment in drag as Maria Cencaru – together with friends from the Southeast Asian diaspora. A queer memory of traditional, urban, and contemporary dances, images, and words is formed from their shared movement. Maria Cencaru is a desire to relive a childhood memory, the commonality of their different identities, a collective movement and the long overdue cis-sis family reunion.
Concept, Choreography and Performance:
Raymond Liew Jin Pin