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– the fabric of Malaysian tradition

The Dance Department of Akademi Seni Kebangsaan announces its grandest production ever back this year after a wonderful run in 2004! TAPESTRY2005 will display Malaysian traditional dance is all its diversity, beauty and splendour. This spectacular production involved painstakingly putting together traditional dance that primarily has only an oral tradition. Traditional Malay dance has various nuances that often vary from one master to another. In the effort to locate the experts of the various genres, through research, interviews and trial and error, lecturers from Melbourne,Australia – the eminent Dr. Zamin Haroon @ Chandrabhanu to traditional masters from Perlis to Johore to Sabah were sourced. The late master Said Manaf who taught generations of Malaysians and whose system of teaching is revered at ASK and by all traditional dance teachers, Mak Usu from Kampong Tenglu, Johore, and Tuan Syed from Kampong Tiga in Perak among them, are the unsung heros of our traditional dance who have contributed to this show. The inclusion of Chinese Dance and Indian Dance studies in the curriculum of ASK allows us to be truly known as the ‘NationalArtsAcademy’. Doyennes of Indian dance Radha Shetty and Vatsala Sivadass and one of China’s premier artists, Zhou Gui Xin, now living in Malaysia and married to former professional dancer Ellie Lai are a part of the faculty who have prepared the dancers for this grand occasion.

This intense process began with more intimate evenings of traditional dance such as Malam Terinai, Dari Mengadap Rebab ke Moden, Jendela and PeTA has resulted in traditional dance being presented in the current context. The Dance Department hopes that this production will enkindle the fires of patriotism and encourage heighten the pride of being Malaysian. “Let us reclaim our past and the wonder of our cultural heritage.” says Joseph Gonzales, Artistic Director of Tapestry 2006. “Here at ASK, we wish to train young talents to reach excellence in the numerous genres of dance that exist in Malaysia. It is a tall order but we have raised the bar and we must work towards achieving our goals. The current group of third-year students is proving that it can be done. The excitement with which the teachers teach and speak of them is a clear and heart-warming indication that we are headed in the right direction. I urge every citizen and expatriate in Malaysia to come and experience the beauty of our traditional dance heritage.”

The evening will weave a simple narrative between dances that includes the Terinai, Asyik, Silat, Dabus, Zapin Tenglu, Joget, Piring, Indian Dance, Chinese Dance, Kanjet Ngeleput, Datun Julud, Mengiluk and Magunatip resulting in…...

TAPESTRY - the fabric of Malaysian tradition

Artistic Director: Joseph Gonzales

Show details:

Date: 25-27 November 2005

Venue: Experimental Theatre, ASK Campus, 464, Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur (in the vicinity of Tugu Kebangsaan and LakeGardens)

Time:8.30 p.m.


RM 10.00

RM 5.00 - (students/ MyDance/The Dance Society/ Kwantung/ Kwangsi/ Hainan Association/ Temple of Fine Arts)

For further information and reservations, please call 03-26971777 or Jeffri at 016-238 9179. 









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