Main Zapin, 2016 will be organized at Experimental Theatre, ASWARA Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 30th September - 1st October 2016 (Friday - Saturday).
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This performance of Zapin classics from across Malaysia rarely performed in Kuala Lumpur is the second time for the Faculty of Dance, ASWARA. Encouraging young dancers who have learned these dances in their hometowns with traditional dance masters, ASWARA encourages the new generation to take ownership of these cultural forms. The performance gives them the opportunity and the freedom to restage the dances which are important to them. This keeps the forms relevant in today’s world. Interestingly, most of the dance choreographies and arrangements have retained their old-world charm. Witness Zapin Ghalet, Perak, Manggis, Raub and many more danced by a cast of 70 dance majors with live music and singing! The performance will feature special appearances as Faculty join students in a celebration of Zapin as a part of Malaysian identity. ASWARA acknowledges the incredible work that has been done by the National Department for Culture and Arts, Johore Heritage Foundation and Prof. Dr. Mohd Anis in proliferation of the form thus far and sees its effort as complimentary to existing and on-going initiatives.