Rediscover Brunei Darussalam through the eyes of the People
Greetings Readers! Climbing Club Brunei (BARA Sport Climbing Club - BSCC) will be hosting a climbing competition for newbies this Saturday, 23rd June 2012 at Institut Teknologi Brunei. It's called the "ITB Fun Climb" and the competition is open to the general public; anyone can join for a fee of $5.00.
Register by contacting Rahmat (8957925) or Adi (8232113) before 22nd June 2012. It is limited to the first 30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants need to be 14 years old or above. The qualifying round will kickstart at 3.30pm until 5.30pm, and the finals will run from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
What do you do?
A corporate communications officer by day, and a performer as the sun sets - - a wee bit like Batman. Haha.
My day job is as a corporate communications officer, which spans from coordinating internal and external communications, sponsorships, events, social media, etc.
I normally jokingly claim that I am a performer “by night”, but I honestly do feel, being a performer is what pumps my heart and truly what makes me – well, me – (even at work, you really are “performing” in a way). I am part of a group of dance scholars at Studio Scene Services Sdn Bhd called Urban Vibe Brunei where we are professionally trained in various dance disciplines (most regularly Jazz, Broadway, Hip Hop and Contemporary). Aside from dancing, I also took part in Studio Scene's first Musical Theatre workshop in 2011 where I was cast as one of the main roles in the play “Once On This Island”. When it comes to performance arts; I try not to limit myself to just one particular discipline, my love for art as a whole has pushed me to involve myself in also acting and singing.
Describe yourself in a few words.
Creative – I must add that creativity isn't entirely innate, I may just have a wee bit more creativity in me than the next person, but creativity takes effort, inspiration, time, thoughts, and I like to put in that effort when it comes to squeezing out creative juices.
Cuckoo and Theatrical – I am a little bit...crazy. It's hard to think outside of the box if you're not a wee bit nutty.
Do you consider yourself an artist?
First of all, yes I do consider myself an artist; and that stems from my passion and involvement in various artistic fields.
When it comes to visual arts; drawing, painting, etc - that started even before I can even remember; my parents claim that I started drawing (and showing deep interest) at the age of 2. What inspired me was possibly my curious nature on trying to portray my imaginations.
And again, it was my curious nature that got me started with digital graphic arts; I was merely fooling around with Adobe Photoshop one day – without tutorial and went all “ooh what does this button do?”.
For stage and costume make-up, this stems from my passion for anything that is phantasmagorical and love of broadway musicals. Portraying characters, particularly the mythical ones is just liberating and challenging. Liberating in the sense that you would have to completely let go of who you are and embody an entirely different character; theatre is simply an out of body experience. I initially started to delve into make-up applications for myself when I was a news anchor; it then further expanded when I joined Urban Vibe Brunei where we utilise make-up to supplement our characters to life.
For performances in general, it started towards the end of my high-school year; I was a shy geeky kid until I joined the school’s choir – and it’s hard for people to get me off the stage since – haha.
Skullface Muaz applying his own makeup
Muaz as Edward Scissorhands
Puppet Muaz - Photography by Daniel Cabrera, Manipulation by Muaz
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