KUALA LUMPUR: The exchange of cultural troupes will be the main feature in the Malaysia-China Friendship Year programme next year.
Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Hu Zhengyue said he was very pleased that the spectacular “Dances of the Dynasties”, a grand costume show by the internationally-acclaimed Shanghai Song & Dance Ensemble, would be performed here in January.
“It is a very heartening start indeed by Malaysia, and I hope this will provide a boost for us to follow up with in the calendar of events,” he said, adding that the staging of the show here would be a fine example of the role played by the private sector in forging close bilateral ties.
The ensemble and Star Publications (M) Bhd signed a memorandum of understanding at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in Shanghai on Nov 11, for the performances to be held here.
In conjunction with the Malaysia-China Friendship Year which will be launched in Malacca on Jan 10, Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said Malaysia and China would sign an agreement to enhance cultural exchange and ties between the two countries.
Hu said there were plans to host a Chinese Festival in Malaysia and a Malaysian Festival in China.
“We are very eager to have Malaysian cultural troupes go to China,” he said in an interview.
Meanwhile, the ensemble’s Malaysian date in January received wide publicity in China.
Wen Hui Bao, a Chinese newspaper, carried an article with the headline, “Dances of the Dynasties to be staged in Malaysia next year” and reported that the grand costume dance production would be the first cultural programme of the year in conjunction with Malaysia-China Friendship Year.
“Dances of the Dynasties turns classic and comes to Malaysia early next year,” headlined another daily, the Ren Min Ri Bao.
The Youth Daily stated that renowned artistic director Huang Doudou and his 80-member ensemble would bring the enthralling dances to Malaysia.
In another article in Lao Dong Bao, the daily quoted Huang as saying that the production would be enhanced according to the cultural background of a country like Malaysia.
The “Dances of the Dynasties” will be held from Jan 9 to 16 at the Genting International Showroom in Genting Highlands.
Organised by The Star and presented by Osim, the production showcases China’s 5,000 years of cultural development highlighting the Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.
Ticket sales will start from Tuesday and are priced at RM30, RM50, RM70 and RM100.
Call Genting hotline at 03-2718 1118 or book on-line at www.genting.com.my
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