Esplanade Presents | da:ns festival
Rasas – Dances of Sabah and Sarawak
21 Oct 2017: 6.15pm, 7.15pm & 8.15pm
The East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak flanking the northern and western portions of the island of Borneo are home to diverse dance traditions the reflect the multi-ethnic composition of the regions’ population. One of which is the Ngajat Iban, a 16th century dance first performed by Iban warriors on their return from battles, now a welcome dance to celebrate the most important harvest festival, Gawai Dayak. The movements of the male dancers are more aggressive, while the movements of the female dancers are soft and graceful, with very precise body turns. Other dances that will be performed include, alu-alu, one of the earliest traditional dance forms of the Melanau tribe in Sarawak. Influenced by folk games played during the Kaul, or the Sea Spirit Worship Feast, this dance displays the great physical skills of the male dancers.
About ASK Dance Company
Founded and led by Artistic Director, Joseph Gonzales, ASK Dance Company is a professional dance collective that specializes in traditional and contemporary dance performances and educational outreach programs based in Malaysia. All dancer-choreographers are graduates from the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage.
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