International Program

Program type: International Program
Beginning at: 20:00 - Sunday, 30 September
Location: Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre (Big Stage)
Hands Percussion

Dialogue in Skin

South East Asia Music, Contemporary Percussion

Artistic Director Bernard Goh
Music Director Ng Siu Yee
Principal Percussionist  Jimmy Ch’ng

Jimmy Ch’ng, Ng Siu Yee, Jack Wan, Leong Kah Miu, Tee Leong Hoe, Tee Wee Lin, Phang Jian Hao, Goh Kok Wei, Yeap Eng Zheong


About performance:
‘Dialogue in Skin’ uses eastern astrology elements of earth, water, metal and fire to tell the story of a musician through his instruments. The art of handling and playing instruments lies

with the performer and his ability to relate his experiences through them. Drummers use their physical and emotional senses to manipulate the Chinese drums, the Gamelan, Chinese cymbals and the Japanese drums in conversations from the heart. A combination of artistry and material is explored in ‘Armour and Skin’ where the Chinese drums and the Gamelan have a lively “conversation”. Techniques employed in this production highlight the development in contemporary Chinese drumming and innovation of traditional music. In a culturally rich Malaysia, HANDS grew up on diversity where Indian, Malay and Chinese cultures greatly influenced their music and performances. Travels to various Southeast Asian and European countries have also added unique layers to these performances.

Duration: 85 Minutes, with one intermission
Tickets: 35, 30, 20,15 GEL




In 1997 Bernard Goh, formed the HANDS PERCUSSION group, becoming its Artistic Director. With a small team of full-time performers HANDS began a journey of a lifetime. Despite the challenges of being a self-funded group they are now a crowd- favorite at local performing arts venues, with a steadily growing reputation locally and internationally. HANDS functions on a mechanism which works and clearly shows an awareness of responsibilities, discipline, self-motivation and passion for their art

Beginning with the traditionally loud 24 Festive Drums drumming style, they have now experimented with other styles, instruments and technology creating multidisciplinary productions. This led to their debut gamelan concert ‘RI YUE CHU YIN’ in 2011. Two of their notably “explosive” productions are ‘The NEXT’ (2012) and ‘Tchaikovsky in Gamelan’ (2014) where they pushed creative and musical boundaries. In 2016 HANDS debuted the site-specific performance ‘OPIUM’ where drumming was minimal.

The group has travelled to Bali for the vibrant Bali Sprit Festival and Los Angeles for a live jamming session at SuperEverything* with The Light Surgeons (UK) in 2016. In 2015, the performed at The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland and at the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur. In 2015, 2013 and 2010 HANDS participated in the World Gamelan Festival held in Kuala Terengganu. They performed at the 8th Taiwan International Percussion Convention (TIPC) and the Seoul Drum Festival in 2014. In 2008 they represented Malaysia at the 16th International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ) World Congress in Australia. They also played at the groundbreaking ceremony of The Ashgabat Olympic Complex in 2010, in Turkmenistan.

From humble beginnings, the group has steadily grown from strength to strength demonstrating that intention, passion and hard-work produces results.