Klcc celebrates the country’s rich culture, especially its arts and music.
THE National Academy Of Arts Culture And Heritage (Aswara) has added another feather in its cap with a first collaborative effort with the Malaysian Philharmonik Orchestra (MPO) Seni Ensemble in conjunction with Dewan Filharmonik Petronas’ (DFP) second KLCC Seni Festival.
Besides marking Aswara’s inaugural joint venture with the orchestra, it also provides an opportunity for students from the professional dance company to showcase their skills while focusing on traditional and contemporary Malaysian dance performances.
“This is very fortuitous for Aswara because we are looking to expand our horizons and explore new challenges to keep our dancing at its best,” said Aswara Dance Company’s dean Dr Joseph Gonzales in an e-mail interview last week.
The week-long festival, starting tomorrow, is a major celebration of the best in arts and culture. The event hopes to educate the younger generation on the country’s rich culture, especially its arts and music, and bring back the forgotten arts.
Gonzales says the festival is timely and plays a vital role in promoting the arts. “Aswara (or any other dance group) cannot work on its own and needs the support of organisations. Therefore, it is essential to carefully plan such events to reap in assistance from co-operations.
“Besides being the epicentre of Malaysia’s bustling commerce and tourism, KLCC is the symbol of the nation’s drive towards modernisation and affluence. So it seemed like the perfect place to highlight music and arts in a democratic space popular amongst the youth and everyone from all walks of life,” said the award-winning Gonzales.
With a predominantly Malaysian theme, the festival’s curtain raiser is Aswara and MPO Seni Ensemble’s collaborative effort on Wednesday(8.30pm).
Themed Living Traditions, both groups will perform six contemporary works combining music and dance. The DFP stage will witness Aswara’s sizzling performances of Wirama (choreographed by Gonzales), Tapak 4 (Shafirul Azmi) and Allarippu (Umesh Shetty). Following Aswara’s works are three works by MPO musicians – Lex, Trio Tradisi and Vespertine Formations – complemented by brand-new dances.
Wirama is touted as one of Gonzales’s classic works which has been staged since 2004. The piece draws inspiration from the prototype