Dancers practising for the big day

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 29 Jan 2003


KUALA LUMPUR: The dancers gracefully twirled and swerved on stage to the modern ethnic beat as they rigorously practised many times over to perfect A World Without Borders - the theme for the 13th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit opening ceremony’s dance performance. 

Choreographer for the performance Joseph Victor Gonzales said that the dance would have some Malaysian elements like the Iban ngajat and silat

GETTING IT RIGHT: Gonzales (right) giving some tips to dancers during the rehearsal at Putra World Trade Centre Tuesday.

“The idea is to have them do different types of movement including ballet before they “emerge together” as a unified group with their style of dance,” he said yesterday during a “dry run” of the ceremony at Putra World Trade Centre here. 

There will be 27 dancers from the National Arts Academy, Federal Academy of Ballet and the Ellie Zhou Ballet Studio performing for about six minutes in front of heads of states, governments and delegations during the ceremony. 

After their dance, another will follow consisting of about 60 dancers where the NAM theme song will be featured. 

Gonzales, who is also head of dance at the National Arts Academy, said the performance was a positive and joyous one. 

“It is not meant to be 'deep' but one showing the strong cultural background and also how Malaysia has progressed as a society,” he added. 

The concept behind it, he said was that those attending the summit were gathering at a mutual meeting ground to find a common understanding. 

“So the dance reflects this where although people have differences but they can still live harmoniously,” he said.  

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