As the curators of the traditional section of the inaugural Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival, non-profit organisation Pusaka is proud to present an exciting line-up with a focus on Southeast Asian and Malaysian cultural traditions, from 5 September-4 October 2015.
Altogether, the program will showcase over 70 international performers from all over Southeast Asia, South Asia and Western Asia, 200 local Malaysian performers, and three acts by UNESCO-recognised Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
The main highlight includes the first ever concert in Malaysia by Alim Qasimov, hailed as one of the greatest singers of the Mugham tradition of Azerbaijan, on 7 September.
Alim Qasimov performing together with his daughter Farghana Qasimova
The great Ali brothers from Pakistan, acclaimed as the grand masters of the Qawwali tradition, will also be performing their version of devotional singing for the first time in Malaysia on 20 September, while the Shwe Mann Thabin Dance Theatre of Myanmar will also be bringing their highly stylised dance theatre to the festival on 11-12 September, which has previously been rarely seen outside its native country.
The Ali brothers are masters of the Qawwali tradition of devotional singing
The ‘zat-pwe’ dance performed by the Shwe Mann Thabin Dance Theatre of Myanmar
Finally, the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre from Vietnam will enchant audiences two times on 19 September with its unique water puppetry performed over a four-metre pool of water.
Vietnamese Water Puppetry by the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
As well as this, there will also be a 100-man Dikar Barat performance, a special Wayang Kulit (shadow puppet) show in tribute to the legendary Tok Dalang Dollah Baju Merah of Kelantan to mark his passing, and the renowned Saman dance from Aceh, Indonesia. A series of traditional performances showcasing the recipients of the PETRONAS Cultural Grants, including Awang Batil, Randai Berkaba, Zapin and Jikey, rounds up this exciting programme of ethnic entertainment.
Malaysia’s Wayang Kulit
The Saman dance from Aceh, Indonesia
The folk tradition of the Urumee Melum
The mask dance by the Mah Meri tribe of Malaysia
The Portuguese dance from Malacca
The Mak Yong dance-drama from the Malaysian state of Kelantan
Traditional Arts Programme
5 September-4 October 2015
WHERE: Throughout Kuala Lumpur and Selangor
TEL: 03 7732 1407