THE pair of dancers appeared to be sparring at first, each occupying one half of the stage as their own territories.
Slowly, they moved closer towards each other and met in the centre, where a wide sheet of canvas was laid on the floor.
It was not until the end of their segment titled “Part of Each Other” that the canvas was lifted up and the audience realised that the duo had been “painting” with their ink-drenched feet.
Each of their leg movements – sweeping, dragging and turning – was recorded on the canvas, forming an abstract ink painting of sorts.
The performance was part of the recent “Malaysian-Taiwanese Dance Spectacular” at the Blossom Arts Festival Malaysia (BAFM) 2017 at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur.
The three-hour show featured various dance numbers by students from the National Taiwan University of Arts as well as dancers from the youth section of the Shing An Association Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
The students’ creativity and passion in performing arts were evident.
While one particular performance featuring male dancers with their faces covered in cloths was bold and daunting, a collection of Taiwan’s temple festival staples proved to be entertaining and delightful.
Dances of Taiwanese aborigines were also showcased.
Meanwhile, dancers from the Shing An Association Selangor and Kuala Lumpur presented “Blissful Water”, which was a jazzed-up traditional Korean dance routine with modern elements, and “Wandering of Life,” which told the woeful tales of Rohingya refugees.
MCA central committee member and Perak executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon opened the event.
Also present was Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia representative James Chang Chi-ping and Federation of Malaysia Chinese Dance Association executive consultant Datuk Seri Lee Jin Xian.
BAFM 2017 is a month-long event featuring performances and exhibitions by local and international artists.
For details, visit www.blossomartsfestival.my/