KUALA LUMPUR: Wheelchair-bound Puan Sri Sainah Ahmad had always wanted to travel along the legendary Silk Road but her health made it difficult for her to do so.
It was therefore not surprising that catching the musical extravaganza, Mystical Steppes: Along the Silk Road, was a must for her.
“I found the show very interesting because their culture is very different yet very similar to ours. I personally loved the costumes,” she said.
She watched the show with her husband, Universiti Sains Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Ani Arope and her son CIMB-Mapletree Management Sdn Bhd vice president Ismail Ani Arope.
Mystical Steppes, a kaleidoscope of music and dances from the Xinjiang region of China, also drew many non-Malaysians when during its run at the KL Convention Centre between Jan 26 and 28.
Sabine Mau, 45, who is with the US Embassy here, said the show brought back a lot of memories.
“I lived in Central Asia in countries like Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan so I recognised some of the culture and the dances in the show.
“I saw the advertisements for Mystical Steppes in the embassy and in newspapers so I bought tickets for my family,” she said, adding that she loved the movements of the dancers and the vibrant colours of their costumes.
David Walley, 51, from Endland, and his Texan wife Sylvia, 45, were fascinated by the mix of different cultures in the dances.
“I especially enjoyed the Big Hat Dance as they combined their own culture with Russian influences plus the costumes were fantastic with their bright colours,” said David.
Sylvia also described the dancers' attire as beautiful and exotic, adding they would definitely visit Xinjiang if given the chance.
Another Brit David Jobling said he was annoyed with people constantly entering and leaving the hall even after the show had started.
“It interrupted my concentration,” the 52-year-old safety manager said.
As far as the performance was concerned, he loved it, especially the costumes.
“I understood the show but it would have been nice to have more explanation in English. The acoustics of the hall is great,” he said.
Mystical Steppes was presented by The Star and Osim (M) Sdn Bhd, and supported by the Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry.