Traditional Performing Arts in Malaysia

As a lead-up to George Town’s heritage celebrations – “Living Legacy” – on the 6th and 7th of July, 2014, Sinkeh’s next Sembang session will look at the traditional performing arts and its relevance in contemporary society. Join the discussion on Saturday, 14th June 2014, hosted by Katherine Chua with Hardy Shafii, Aida Redza and Nato Alsany.

Traditional Performing Arts in Malaysia 

A conversation with Aida Redza, Hardy Shafii, Nato Alsany & Katharine Joan Chua  What is the current state of traditional performing arts in Malaysia? Are traditional performing arts relevant in contemporary society? Should tradition be preserved? What are the issues related to sustainability? Date: Saturday, 14 June 2014 Time: 6.00PM Venue: SINKEH, 105 Lebuh Melayu, Penang Free admission. Limited to 35 pax! Contact or call 04-261 3966 to secure your seat!Traditional artsAida Redza is a leading Malaysian choreographer and dancer whose works are known for their new and eclectic fusion style of contemporary dance with commitment to tradition and reinvention. Aida´s works are also known for their site-specificity, wherein, constructing the dance in the actual space, she draws her inspiration from direct contact with the natural environment.  

Dr. A.S. Hardy Shafii, currently a Deputy Dean of Research at School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia. He has performed extensively throughout Asia in theatre, classical and folk dance and is an accomplished Gamelan ensemble musician. His early work in theatre (acting) includes, ‘The Wall Dog’ by Manfred Karge at George Wood Theatre, New Cross, London (1995); Mr. Zero in ‘The Adding Machine’ by Elmer L. Rice at Cochrane Theatre, Holborn, London (1996), As The Pitcher (Cuban) in ‘The Happiness Compartment’ at Oval House Theatre, Oval, London.  He also directed ‘It Is Not Suicide’ by Dinsman at the 1st International Festival of Theatre Schools for Asia-Pacific in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, September 2013 and his latest work titled ‘Reflections on anOTHER’ was performed in Shanghai, China during the 7th Asia-Pacific Bureau Directors Conference & Theatre Festival on 11th-17th May, 2014.

Nato Alsany was born in 1987 in Johor Bahru. He fell in love with Penang and decided to develop his career here after graduating in Marketing Management in USM. Now he is working as a Cultural Officer and freelance choreographer in USM. He coordinates and manages the students’ cultural activities in USM. Nato is known as a dancer. He discovered his talent at the age of 9 and became passionate about Malay traditional dances. He has performed in various dance festivals and competitions at national and international level.


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