Calm vibes at artistic show

GEORGE TOWN: There was serene calmness as the audience witnessed the shaping of bonsai paired simultaneously with a contemporary dance performance during a show held to mark the George Town Festival.

The one-hour show featured the demonstration of the Japanese art form with a modern twist for the old and young alike.

Bonsai artist Trestan Tan said that the show by M’atural is to create awareness about the beauty of bonsai.

“Most people associate bonsai with something exclusively for the elderly.

“We hope this show would give a modern twist to the art of bonsai itself,” he said during a bonsai demonstration at EcoWorld Gallery@Macalister in Macalister Road on Sunday.

Tan, who is also the show’s art director, said that he fell in love with the art of shaping bonsai during his time in Japan.

In another corner, dancer Jing Ci performed the contemporary dance with moves reflecting a growing plant.

Her white attire and sleek hairstyle was simple yet it complemented her deep and meaningful moves.

Bonsai is a Japanese art form using cultivation techniques to produce small trees in containers that mimic the shape and scale of full-size trees.

A second show will be held this Saturday from 5pm to 6pm at EcoWorld Gallery@Macalister.

There is also a bonsai exhibition until Sept 2 from 11am to 7pm at M’atural at 72, Lorong Carnarvon.

Admission for both events is free.