Powerful acts take centre stage

Hands Percussion giving an energetic performance during the Spring Fest 2020. — Photos: FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

DAMANSARA Performing Arts Centre (Dpac) hosted the Spring Fest 2020 for the second consecutive year.

The event had eight different acts and performers who enthralled the audience with a mix of dance, vocals and percussion performances.

Eight musicians from Eight Twelve kicked off the festival with their powerful performance.

Exploring innovative musical sounds covering an expansive genre ranging from classical, oldies and jazz to pop and contemporary music, the octet performed Sun Quan The Emperor, Fearless, a medley of CNY songs and a special rendition of Fishermen’s Song at Eventide.

Combining the creative elements of Chinese and Western music, the performers utilised Chinese musical instruments such as guzheng, pipa and sheng as well as the piano, violin, flute, drums and bass, treating the audience to musical culture fusion.

Ballerinas from Dance Space performed The Power of Heart dressed in floral-patterned cheongsam and decorated cages as their headpiece before moving up the stage.

Award-winning jazz pianist Tay Cher Siang gave a scintillating piano and vocal performance while adding his own unique feel with soprano and musical theatre performer Evelyn Toh.

Multi-talented performer Yang Wei Han gave a soulful rendition of Spring Breeze Kisses My Face, Lover’s Tear and Blooming accompanied by Tay on the piano.

Toh performed New Year Greeting alongside Tay, Hands Percussion and Eight Twelve, as well as You Raise Me Up and Eternal Smile.

Toh enthralling the crowd with her vocal prowess.Toh enthralling the crowd with her vocal prowess.

Malaysian multi-racial contemporary a cappella group Colour of Voices took the stage with a burst of energy.

The group performed a medley of CNY songs and Rasa Sayang.

Dance company Kwang Tung Dance Company gave a hypnotic contemporary dance performance titled Existence.

Starting off with no music and only the sound of their footsteps on stage, they danced with strong yet fluid movements.

Every movement translates into a certain meaning and each tumble executed was also done with precision.

Renowned Malaysian percussion ensemble Hands Percussion’s contemporary theatrical drumming enthralled the crowd as their endeavours with the percussion brought a loud and veritable bang to the venue.

Dancers from Dance Space entertaining the crowd.Dancers from Dance Space entertaining the crowd.

Also including South-East Asian musical instruments, they showed their versatility and efforts in preserving their cultural heritage through their performance.

Their New Year rendition brought a great end to the event.

Dpac artistic director Bernard Goh said Dpac’s aim was to create a platform for local talents.

“The inclusivity of the performing arts industry is an avenue for accomplishing big dreams.

“We hope the audience will gain inspiration from the performances, ” said Goh.

Having attracted 200 people per show, all proceeds from ticket sales will be used to fund a performing arts outreach programme for the indigenous community.

Dpac theatre manager Tan Eng Heng said it was important to include the public in efforts of giving back to the indigenous children.

“We want to create a buzz about a cause that involves the arts and encourage the public to do their bit of community service, even if it is through buying tickets to our show, ” said Tan.

For details, visit www.dpac.com.my.

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