Wednesday, September 12, 2018

ASWARA's Tandak Mengalai

My former Sunway student now studying at ASWARA, Nur Amira Amiruddin (left) invited me to a dance drama called Tandak Mengalai, a 90-minute performance featuring 35 dancers and ten musicians. 

On Saturday, I went to give support. After aIl, she was one of the dancers. 

And I even had a front-row seat. 

Organized by the Faculty of Dance of Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan, this show featured the unique traditional dances of the native communities of both Sarawak and Sabah. It centered around two folktales – Sarawak’s Puteri Santubong and Puteri Sejinjing and Sabah’s Huminodun. 

I can feel the enthusiasm, the ebullience and the energy that flowed freely from the dancers – it was a joy to watch them! 

I think what’s special about this show is that it didn’t merely showcase music and dances from Sarawak and Sabah – but that they were presented in the form of a dance drama and that makes it both stirring and stimulating. 

ASWARA have done a good job of educating us not only about the myriad of dances from Borneo but also introduce to us the colourful culture and teeming traditions of the people of East Malaysia.

More photos to come.

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