The Silk Road comes to life


WHEELCHAIR-bound Puan Sri Sainah Ahmad had always wanted to travel on the legendary Silk Road but her health condition made it almost impossible. 

It was, therefore, not surprising that catching the musical extravaganza, Mystical Steppes: Along the Silk Road, was a must for her. 

“I find the show very interesting because their culture is very different yet similar to ours. I loved the costumes,” she said. 

Sainah: I loved thecostumes.

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 managed to attract many non-Malaysians when it was shown at the KL Convention Centre between Jan 26 and 28. 

Sabine Mau, 45, who is with the US Embassy, 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 cultures and dances. 

“I saw advertisements 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. 

Englishman David Walley, 51, and his 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 are fantastic with their bright colours,” said Walley. 

Another Englishman, David Jobling, was annoyed with people constantly entering and leaving the hall. 

“It interrupted my concentration,” the 52-year-old safety manager said. 

Mystical Steppes was presented by The Star and Osim (M) Sdn Bhd, and supported by the Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry.  

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