Women take centre stage at ET

JOINTLY sponsored by kakiseni.com, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry and Aswara, Aswara Dancers will present eight contemporary dance works on the theme of women at its Experimental Theatre (ET) from March 17 to 20.

Dean of the Faculty of Dance Dr Joseph Gonzales said: “The Faculty of Dance Aswara is very proud to be given recognition by the industry to be a part of this important festival.

This is an acknowledgement of the quality of our work and our track record. The performance will be professional — meaning, the dancers will receive professional wages, and I think it is crucial to stress the direction that dance needs to go to be considered a legitimate industry.”

He added that there was also a tremendous opportunity to raise the profile of women and highlight critical issues facing women through dance.

“This presentation of Aswara dancers can be used as potent subject matter for analysis of gender constructs through dance, and my vision for Aswara where theory informs practice.

“I will not forget the most important fact that these works are powerful choreographies and are danced beautifully by highly skilled performers,” said Gonzales.

Beginning with the darker experiences of women across the world — abuse, rape and murder, the works take the audience through a journey of liberation and emancipation of women culminating in quietly and proudly proclaiming the right to their femininity and voice.

The works are:

1. Ta’a — by Aida Redza that has been reconstructed for this production by Ismadian Ismail

2. Behind the Wall — a dance film by Hanafi Rosdi

3. Nasi Putih — the award-winning work by Aris Kadir

4. M2M — choreographed and danced by two of our most outstanding young dancers Marrul Mawardi and Murni Omar that looks a rivalry, competition and feelings of comaraderie as well as distrust between two women who are physically very similar.

5. WiRama — this has become a classic work of Joseph Gonzales that draws inspiration from the archetypal role of Sita in the Ramayana epic, as symbol of the complexity of women’s issues

6. Tu’u — a beautiful reconstruction of choreography by Momix by Aris Kadir

7. Beginning — danced and choreographed by Ng Xinying and Azizi Mansor, that tells of love and hope

8. Tapak 4 — a work by Shafirul Azmi Suhaimi that garnered the group the Best Dance Group Award 2009 where women and men both have their roles to play side by side.

Tickets are FREE! For bookings, visit www.kakiseni.com and click on the Woman 100 icon or e-mail michael@kakiseni.com or senitari@gmail.com or call 03-2697 5313/019-231 9179.

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