Esplanade Presents

Dance | Workshop

Workshop: Introduction to Mak Yong – Menghadap Rebab

Kumpulan Mak Yong Cahaya Matahari and PUSAKA (Malaysia)

11 May 2024, Sat, 11am

1hr 30mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Rehearsal Studio

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Photo credit: Putra Othman

The performers of the renowned Kumpulan Mak Yong Cahaya Matahari and cultural organisation PUSAKA will conduct a special Mak Yong workshop for arts and culture practitioners. The workshop will serve as an introduction to the Mak Yong tradition of Kelantan through Menghadap Rebab, the opening sequence of a Mak Yong performance. Participants will learn the fundamentals of the movement and music of Menghadap Rebab, as well as how to sing the opening verse of Lagu Menghadap Rebab. They will also learn the basics of the stylised speech in Mak Yong, as spoken by the actors and peran (comedians). During the workshop, commentary will be provided on the symbolism of the aesthetics and philosophy embedded in the Mak Yong tradition.


This workshop is by invitation only.


Please meet at the Esplanade Box Office and Visitor Centre (Mezzanine Level) for admission to this workshop as the public entrance to the Rehearsal Studio via the Theatre Studio is temporarily closed.


Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the workshop as patrons who arrive after the workshop has started will not be admitted into the venue. Thank you.

Language: Kelantanese Malay
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Kumpulan Mak Yong Cahaya Matahari

Kumpulan Mak Yong Cahaya Matahari, one of Malaysia's most esteemed Mak Yong groups, was founded by the legendary Che Ning and is now led by veteran Mak Yong actress Che Siti binti Dollah. The group, based in Kuala Besut, comprises of performers tracing their Mak Yong lineage back seven generations and they are dedicated to preserving this tradition for future generations. The ensemble stars Rohana Abdul Kadir, Che Ning's granddaughter, alongside her sisters, her father Pak Su Kadir and other seasoned performers. The music ensemble is led by master gendang player Pak Su Agel, known as ‘Raja Gendang Kelantan’, one of the most accomplished master musicians of Kelantan.


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PUSAKA is a cultural organisation established to conduct research and create a comprehensive documentary archive of traditional performance in Malaysia, while strengthening the viability of these traditions at the community level. Through curating festivals, organising public performances, and local instruction projects, PUSAKA supports the transmission of these performance traditions to a succeeding generation while providing alternative performance platforms that, above all, preserve the dignity and stature of the traditional performer. In all its work, PUSAKA seeks to establish a deep interaction with aspects of history and contemporary ideas while illuminating and providing an intellectual context for the contemplation of broader aspects of culture, tradition and ideas. PUSAKA received NGO Accreditation by UNESCO in 2024.

Date & Time

11 May 2024, Sat


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