Tari ’07 (2007)


This is the largest international festival organised through the Dance Department ASWARA themed ‘Independence and Identity’. This biannual dance festival began in 1994 to launch ASK as it was then known and now coincides with the development and expansion plans of ASWARA. […] The standard of arts education in Malaysia needs to be on par with that of other international institutions. […] Through TARI 07, it is hoped that useful dialogue and exchange of knowledge can take place to further improve standards of teaching, research and performance.

Production Information

  • Production / Presenting Company:ASWARA
  • Artistic Director / Curator / Programme Coordinator:Joseph Gonzales
  • Date:21-28 July 2007
  • Total Showing:1; NB: A total of 52 individual pieces were performed. Below is only a selection of the main items: those created and performed by Malaysian artists.
  • Venue:Aswara
  • State:Kuala Lumpur

Individual Dance Items

Item #1

  • Title:Paut
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Connect, Connected, interconnected.


  • Choreographer:Suhaimi Magi
  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Liu Yong Sean, Woo Yong Ying
  • Composer:Faizal Uzir

Item #2

  • Title:Seliung Beliung
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Searching for one’s identity

  • Choreographer:Shafirul Azmi Suhaimi
  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Shafirul Azmi Suhaimi
  • Composer:Sharif Zainal

Item #3

  • Title:Wall
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Digging deep into the darkness, these shall be some hidden stories waiting to be restored.

  • Choreographer:Amy Len
  • Group:

    Kwang Tung Dance Company

  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Lee Chang Wan, Samantha Chong, Foong Siew Ching, Tan Bee Hung
  • Composer:Bjork, Donald

Item #4

  • Title:In The Space
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    In the zone of emptied space, see how the sculptures come to life and embrace the freedom.

  • Choreographer:Anthony Meh Kim Chuan
  • Group:

    Dua Space Dance Theatre

  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Dua Space Dance Theatre

Item #5

  • Title:Tajau
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    A typical journey through life and a reflection…. the dancer emerges from the jar as a symbol of the womb, from birth through a voyage of Discovery

  • Choreographer:Joseph Gonzalez
  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Liu Yong Sean
  • Composer:Lagu Seri Rama Rosak

Item #6

  • Title:Navarasa
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    The Navarasa constitutes the nine emotional moods of the human being. The Dance will be presented in the Odissi Dance Style. The Dance will depict the main characters from the RAMAYANA in various situation which evoke the nine emotional moods of Navarasa.

  • Choreographer:Geetha Lam
  • Group:

    Temple of Fine Arts

  • Category:Odissi
  • Dancers:Geetha Shankaran-Lam, Gowri Chandra, Sumathi Chandra, Delphine Saira Gomez, Nisha Sivan, Sandhya Manoj, Sai Raja Rajeswari

Item #7

  • Title:Sabung
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Life is more meaningful if victory is in your hands…

  • Choreographer:Jasni Abd Hamid
  • Group:

    Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur

  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Azmi Abdul Hamid, Mohd Zainureen Zulkefle, Amirul hadi Abd Rahman, Siti Nor Ain Ahmad, Nur’rul Syuada Abd Rahman
  • Composer:Tg Zainudin Tg Dalam

Item #8

  • Title:Fly High
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Leap for the sky, reach for the horizon

  • Choreographer:Vincent Tan Lian Ho
  • Group:

    Batu Dance Theatre

  • Category:Lyrical
  • Dancers:Batu Dance Theatre

Item #9

  • Title:4give & 4get
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    To forgive or not to forgive? To forget or not to forget?

  • Choreographer:James Kan, Boy (Faillul Adam), (Woo Yong) Ying & Jess (Jessica Ho)
  • Group:

    Aswara Year 2

  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:James Kan, Boy (Faillul Adam), (Woo Yong) Ying, Jess(ica Ho)

Item #10

  • Title:Hamsadhwani Pallavi
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    A pure dance exposition

  • Choreographer:Dr. Chandrabhanu
  • Group:

    Dance Exchange

  • Category:Odissi
  • Dancers:Gayathri Vadivelu, Asha Vadivelu, Chitra Constantine

Item #11

  • Title:Amor Fati
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    …that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity… Not merely bear what is necessary… but love it.

  • Choreographer:Lena Ang Swee Lin
  • Category:Contemporary/butoh
  • Dancers:Lena Ang Swee Lin

Item #12

  • Title:Freedom Boredom
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Freedom and boredom… linked and related… when one is too much… Finding balance

  • Choreographer:Gan Chih Pei
  • Group:


  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Lee Wen Yen, Hazra Ghazaly, Norbaizura Abdul Ghani, Nur Arina Hamzah, Anas Firdaus Md. Sharif, Liu Yong Sean

Item #13

  • Title:“Gong”
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    The throbbing beats of knobbed Gongs not only provide the pulsating rhythms for indigenous ceremonies in Sabah but also acts as the main instrument for the Khadazan-Dusun’s Manugit ceremony, which is meant to placate the spirit of paddy when weeds are removed from paddy fields. The act of paying penalty (sogit) for trespassing the domains of the spirit of paddy in the form of Manugit is a form of spirit worship. Based on this important cultural and religious event, a contemporary dance piece entitled “Gong” is choreographed to explore indigenous movement vocabularies with the sounds of Gongs.

  • Choreographer:Hamid Chan
  • Group:

    University of Malaya

  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Hamid Chan, Sukarji Sriman, Leng Poh Gee, Hasamul Farihan Ismail, Azri Ismail, Khizudin Mohd Ali, Rithaudin Abdul Kadir
  • Composer:Marleny Deen Erwan, Spirit of Menugit

Item #14

  • Title:That Time
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    There are moments of significant, especially when friends meet…

  • Choreographer:Leng Poh Gee
  • Group:

    University of Malaya

  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Leng Poh Gee, Tan Chai Chen, Mak Fong Ming, Ma Nor Huda Mansor, Muhaini Ahmad, Nurulakmal Abdul Wahid
  • Composer:Zhou Hui, Takako Nishizaki

Item #15 (Showcase 2)

  • Title:Bayangan Hijau
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Tropical rainforests reflected on bodies.

  • Choreographer:Wong Kit Yaw
  • Group:

    SMJK Yu Hua Kajang

  • Category:Chinese dance
  • Dancers:SMJK Yu Hua Kajang
  • Composer:From Journey to Trance and Mystery

Item #16 (Showcase 2)

  • Title:Echoes from the Heart
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    To remember, and forget, to give and forgive, to endure and to live, to listen and to feel.

  • Choreographer:Judimar Hernandez
  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Judimar Hernandez
  • Composer:Heraclio Fernandez

Item #17 (Showcase 2)

  • Title:Keep It!
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Keep? Change? Moving forward with Tradition!

  • Choreographer:Liu Yong Sean
  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Woo Yong Ying, Norsafini Jafar, Gloria Anak Patie, Jessica Ho, Fione Chia, Caren, Rabiatul Adawiah, Alin, Melinda, James Kan, Mohd Faillul Adam, Raymond Liew, Zik, Hanafi, Fairul Zahid, Naim Syahrazad, Eddy and Syafikah.
  • Composer:Chu Jian

Item #18 (Showcase 2)

  • Title:Extended Periods of Waiting (excerpt)
  • Choreographer:Donna Miranda
  • Group:

    Rimbun Dahan Choreographer’s Residency

  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Bilqis Hijjas, Yuka Tanaka, Louise Yow

Item #19 (Showcase 2)

  • Title:Kompass
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    An exploration of one’s journey in movement that leads an emotional personal experience in this work. Using the imageries of the compass – north, south, east and west — this work is about the search to fin a path, an alley, a road, a line, anything that can finally be taken on… No turning back.

  • Choreographer:Suhaili Ahmad Kamil
  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Suhaili Ahmad Kamil, Isaac Lim
  • Composer:Rufus Wainwright, Niels Flori

Item #20 (Showcase 2)

  • Title:Raga
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Dua badan yang terpisah… dua jasad yang bersatu.


  • Choreographer:A. Aris A. Kadir
  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:A. Aris A. Kadir, Wan Nurul Ameera Wan Mazlan
  • Composer:Irayanda Mulia

Item #21 (Showcase 3)

  • Title:Escape!
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    You can run, but you can’t hide.

  • Choreographer:Janet Moo Tein Ni
  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Rabiatul Adawiyah, Mohd Nur Faillul Adam, Zamzuriah Zahari, Ezdianie Hayatie Omar, Mohd Naim Syahrazad, Raymond Liew.
  • Composer:Kraft Werk, Terranova

Item #22 (Showcase 3)

  • Title:The Curse of the Forbidden Planet
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    A short solo piece form the full length show. The core idea of the production will be based on the dramatic life story of the Empress of China, Ci Xi.

  • Choreographer:Nyoba Kan
  • Group:

    Nyoba Kan

  • Category:Butoh
  • Dancers:Kiea Kuan Nam

Item #23 (Showcase 3)

  • Title:Undance & Unmusic
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Unspoken, unveiled, undo, underground, unbelievable, unknown.

  • Choreographer:Wei Jun
  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Wei Jun


  • Stage Manager:Mohd Adika Zainal (blackbox)
  • Additional Notes:

    Penolong Pengarah Festival: Mohd Kamarulzaman Mohd Taib

    Setiausaha: Mohd Arif Nazri Samsudin, Jamaliah Azman

    Ahli Urusetia lain: Balqis Omar, Norazwana Jurami, Ridzuan Harun, Norsafini Jafar, Mohd Zaim Mohd Zamri

    Jawatankuasa Kecil Teknikal: Abdul Rajik Radjail

    Jawatankuasa Malam Perasmian & Penutup (selain di atas): Ismadian Ismail, Syariful Azmi Suhaimi, Mohd Yunus Ismail

    Jawatankuasa Persembahan Utama (selain di atas): Umesh Shetty

    Jawatankuasa Showcase (selain di atas): Sharifah Mariam, Azizi Ismail, James Kan Chee Wai, Raymond Liew Jin Pin