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1 Malaysia Traditional Arts Showcase
This year’s 1 Malaysia Traditional Arts Showcase was staged at the Auditorium Kompleks JKKN Wilayah Persekutuan in Kuala Lumpur on 26 and 27 October, 2013. An extension of the Traditional Theatre Series Programme which came into effect since 2007, the Traditional Arts Showcase 2013 is part of an ongoing effort by the National Department of Culture and Arts (JKKN) to preserve and honour the heritage of traditional performing arts generally regarded as authentic and classic. In this context, a pivotal role of JKKN is to act as the conservatory for the treasures of the country’s rich heritage of arts and culture.
A key aspect of the Traditional Arts Showcase 2013 is to give prominence to several traditional performances that have become the pride of Malaysians. The collaborative effort of the various races in this programme has not only made the arts a means towards national unity but more importantly, a foundation for it.
Through an Apprenticeship Programme, JKKN has selected several traditional arts which display structure, authenticity and completeness to be showcased on mainstream platform. Among these selected performances are such time-honoured classics as Wayang Kulit (Shadow Play), Opera Cina (Chinese Opera) Mek Mulung, Mak Yong, Dikir Barat and an ensemble of Malaysian classical dances, the collection of which became the main feature of this year’s Traditional Arts Showcase.
Subtitled “Malaysian Classical Dance Collection”, the 2013 Showcase based its performance selections on Malaysia’s cultural heritage and ethnic diversity. Classical dance performances such as the Joget Gamelan, Layang Mas, Asyik, Terinai, Tarinai, Tarian Kuda Kepang, Tarian Dabus, Tarian Ceracap Inai, Mengadap Rebab and Gerak Timpuh are some of the classical Malay dances performed. Also featured are the traditional classical dances of the other races, such as the Chinese Fan Dance and the Indian Thillana Dance as well as the dances of the indigenous races of Sabah and Sarawak, the more prominent of these being the Bidayuh – Rejang Be’eh which is a traditional dance of the Bidayuh community, and Mongigol of the Dusun tribe in the Kudat district of Sabah.
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