Esplanade Presents

Dance | Workshop

Rasas Workshop: Wonderful Saman Gayo

Sanggar Seni Seulaweut

23 Oct 2022, Sun, 11am

1hr 30mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Bay Room

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In this workshop, participants will learn the basic opening, core and closing movements of the Saman dance, a traditional dance from Aceh that has been recognised by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage. This workshop is suitable for people with no dance experience.


Saman dance originated from the highlands of Gayo and is a unique traditional dance of its people, beloved by both the young and old. This dance is characterised by its single line formation, where all the dancers sit side by side in a tight line to perform. The dance begins with an opening movement that includes greetings, before moving to the core movement that involves patting of various body parts to create a rhythm, and closes with movements that express gratitude to the audience.


Catch the live performances of Rasas 2022: Dances from Aceh, including saman, rapa’i goleng and likok pulo, from 21-23 October at the Concourse.


Mask-wearing is not required for dance classes.

Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: English
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Artist Information

Sanggar Seni Seulaweut

Sanggar Seni Seulaweut (Seulaweut Art House) is a special activity unit from the students of Ar-Raniry State Islamic University Banda Aceh (UIN Ar-Raniry). The institution is committed to take an active role in the arts community and seeks to help preserve the region’s cultural and art forms. Sanggar Seni Seulaweut specifically concentrates on Aceh’s traditional dances, working to develop these traditions into contemporary forms.

Date & Time

23 Oct 2022, Sun


Esplanade Bay Room
Tickets & Prices
Price $12

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