Gemersik Ombak – Alter Waves

Presented by Azpirasi
In Collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay as part of Pentas

20 Oct 2023, Fri, 8pm

21 Oct 2023, Sat, 3pm & 8pm

22 Oct 2023, Sun, 3pm


(Intermission: None)

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Choreographed by veteran dancer Azmi Juhari, Zapin Gemersik Ombak is a traditional Malay dance first created for and performed at the dance showcase Gentarasa 2002, held at the old Kallang Theatre in Singapore. After more than 20 years, this zapin dance is still favoured and performed at prolific events due to its dynamic rhythms and iconic wave-like movements. It is currently an iconic dance repertoire of Azpirasi, an established dance society led by Azmi Juhari since 2000.


Gemersik Ombak Alter Waves presents a reimagination of Zapin Gemersik Ombak and its choreographic tools. This performance explores the movement vocabulary in relation to Malay history, culture and customs. Tapping on rich research data to showcase embodied forms, Azpirasi attempts to form alternative contemplations on ways to participate in our contemporary society.


Artistic Director: Azmi Juhari

Dramaturg: Zaini Tahir

Choreographers: Norhaizad Adam, Ismail Jemaah, Hasyimah Harith

Musicians: Azrin Abdullah, Syafiq Halid, Govin Tan

Admission Age:
6 and above.
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Artist Information


Established in 2000 by Artistic Director, Azmi Juhari, dance society Azpirasi has shown an immense level of commitment and dedication to the Malay dance form over the years at several local and international festivals. Azpirasi has also collaborated with many notable professional dance companies in the region, such as Era Dance Theatre, P7:1SMA and Yayasan Warisan Johor.


Azpirasi strives to heighten its dancers’ capabilities through sensorial experiences, delving into the physical and spiritual aspects of traditional and contemporary Malay dance.


Today, Azpirasi has grown to become a platform for young dancers to nurture their knowledge and skills in Malay dance. With its vision to empower and encourage youth to appreciate and preserve Malay culture, Azpirasi is now an important face of the local arts and cultural landscape. Azpirasi is also part of the Singapore Malay Dance Committee.

Date & Time

20 Oct 2023, Fri


Esplanade Theatre Studio

21 Oct 2023, Sat


Esplanade Theatre Studio


Esplanade Theatre Studio

22 Oct 2023, Sun


Esplanade Theatre Studio
Tickets & Prices

Students, NSFs, Seniors & PWDs

Price $30 $24

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