Hands Percussion gets ambitious with its gamelan show series featuring ballet favourites.
There's magic and mystery in the air when a swan turns into a beautiful lady. But mistaken identities and an evil sorcerer stand in the way of true love – when a nutcracker transforms into a Prince, snowflakes turn into dancing maidens on Christmas Eve, and a bad fairy casts a spell on a baby princess to make her prick her finger on a spindle on her 16th birthday... and die!
This is basically Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, beloved ballets with a late-19th century score by Russia's Pyotr Ilyick Tchaikovsky. Now, Malaysian musical ensemble Hands Percussion will give his evocative compositions a new twist. In a bold experimental take on the orchestral masterpieces, they be playing the music... on gamelan.
This is something that's never been attempted or explored anywhere in the world, says Susan Sarah John, Hands Percussion’s music instructor, composer and arranger, and the person who conceptualised the concert, Tchaikovsky On Gamelan. “It’s unconventional, and we intend to achieve ultimate greatness with this,” John says.