Hang Li Po (2015)


The dance drama of Hang Li Po begins in Malaya, where the Chinese princess is living wedded bliss. However, she suddenly gets distraught when she remembers the joyous Spring Festival celebrations in Beijing that she shared with her family. Sultan Mansur Shah who deeply loves his wife, cannot bear to see her unhappy, and thus suggests a trip to China on the condition that they do not reveal their true identities.

When they arrive in China, the harbour is swarmed with the market scene causes her to lose her bearings. Meanwhile, Prince Ganzorig from Mongolia is captivated by Hang Li Po’s pulchritude and falls in love with her. Sultan Mansur Shah then gets into a dispute with Prince Ganzorig and is captured for causing a scene and disturbing the peace.

Production Information

  • Production / Presenting Company:ASWARA
  • Artistic Director / Curator / Programme Coordinator:Hanimah Samsudin
  • Date:7-10 May 2015
  • Total Showing:5
  • Venue:Black Box, Aswara
  • State:Kuala Lumpur

Individual Dance Items

Item #1

  • Title:Mo Li Hua
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    No Li Hua is a popular Chinese folk song during the Qing Dynasty, this dance depicts the beauty of the Jasmine flower- Mo Li Hua

  • Category:Traditional Dance
  • Dancers:Carlista, Fatin Nadhirah, Nur Nazliatuliliana, Nurulisni, Nur Faranina, Puteri Nurul Fariha, Evinna Ann

Item #2

  • Title:Handkerchief
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    The handkerchief dance originated from Northeast China also known as ‘Yangge’ which is one of the most popular folk dances in the Han ethnic people. Handkerchief dance is smooth, happy, and compact in rhythm and famous for its skillful and difficult motions which is usually danced during celebration for their harvest time and Spring Festival celebration.

  • Category:Northeast China folk dance
  • Dancers:Mohd Affandi, Syed Haziq Afiq, Muhammad Afif, Muhammad Yunus, Nurfarahin, Faineh, Angy Alleyfenciane, Niti Quiza, Shahliza, Laura, Farah Syazana

Item #3

  • Title:Round Fan
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    This dance is a variation of ‘Yingge’ that was ingerited from Southern China. ‘Yingge’ is the traditional folks arts of the Han tribe in China. This dance mostly expresses the feeling of joy.

  • Category:Southern China folk dance
  • Dancers:Durga Dewi, Nur Ain Zafirah, Lee Joyee, Ahmad Zaidyansjah, Lee Sanchis, Malvine Marcus, Nur Syafiq Najwa, Wong Wan Ying, Dick Nelton Duasik , Nurul Fatihah

Item #4

  • Title:Tibet
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Tibetans use song and dance to capture their history and heritage of their culture. The basic movement of this dance involves the dancer’s hands and feet moving in the same direction to execute detailed motions.

  • Category:Tibet folk dance
  • Dancers:Imran Syafiq, Izzazly Fikri, Raziman

Item #5

  • Title:Mongolian
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    This dance is mostly found in China. The development of this dance echoes the development of the times which is a gradual growth of culture in the society.

  • Category:China traditional dance
  • Dancers:Nurul Nadhirah, Siti Fatin Nadzirah, NurFasilah, Cheang Yee Ling, Ervinar Sirshahtiqah, Macrecelly Michael Bikot.

Item #6

  • Title:Flower Drum
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Started at least 1,500 years ago as a religious dance to drive away evil and to worship God. Later it evolved into a folk dance which expresses joy after a harvest

  • Category:Folk dance
  • Dancers:Yee Sue Ki, Fatin Ezriennadia, Wong En Li, Lim Hwang King, Chong Hoei Tzin, Josephine Yeong, Muhammad Azfar Shukri, Mohd Zulkarnain, Mohd Syafiq, Douglas, Mohamad Hidayat

Item #7

  • Title:Xinjiang
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    This dance is based on the movements of the Xinjiang’s folk dancers. It has been explored further using elements of Ballet and Contemporary dance. However, the quality and traditional expressions that reflect the nomadic lifestyles of this tribe been carefully preserved. The majority of the population in this region are of the Muslim faith.

  • Category:Folk dance
  • Dancers:Norbaizura, Norsafini, Rabiatul Adawiah, Nuur Faliza, Wan Nurul Ameera, Mohd Fauzi, Mohamed Naim Syahrazad, Mohamad Azizi, Mohd Yunus

Item #8

  • Title:Lotus
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    The Lotus Dance was originally choreographed by the legendary Dail Ailian from China depicting the beautiful flowers floating on a tranquil lake. It uses the fundamental of Chinese Dance technique in the way of walking and arms movements. The Lotus flower is a symbol of peace and prosperity.

  • Category:Chinese traditional dance
  • Dancers:Maria Devonne, Wong En Li, Dalila, Chong Hoei Tzin, Lim Hwang King, Lee Joyee, Aisyah Safirah, Sabarin Nadia

Item #9

  • Title:Thousand Hand
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Thousand Hands is a dance created by Chinese renowned choreographer Zhang Jigang. This dance describes the legend that Bodhisattva Guan Yin has one thousand hands to render assistance. There are thousand eyes on these hands which give Guan Yin great power to observe the world.

  • Category:Chinese traditional dance
  • Dancers:Kimberly Yap, Karthini, Wan Nurul Athilia, Wong Chi Ying, Teffeny, Harlina, Gan Mandy, Jennifer, Harlina, Anna Lee See Wan, Nur Syafiqah Najwa, Nurfarah Hidayah.

Item #10

  • Title:Fish
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Fish is one of the traditional animal symbols in China. For the Chinese community, the symbol of a fish brings hope and prayers for luck, wealth, longevity, blessed with children and such.

  • Category:Chinese traditional dance
  • Dancers:Mohd Shariff, Muhammad Nur Azammudin, Emanual, Ahmad Zhafran, Mohd Nuriqram, Muhammad Shafiq

Item #11

  • Title:Fish
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    This folk dance is danced during events that are celebrated during Chinese celebrations in Malaysia. The style of using the feather fans in figure of “8”, movement of the torso and way of walking are important criteria in Chinese dance.

  • Category:Chinese folk dance
  • Dancers:Parveena Manogaran, Priscilla Josh, Rachael, Farah Nazira

Item #12

  • Title:Sleeve
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    A classical court dance that originated from China. The rippling motions that forms the imagery of water can be seen from the sleeves. The expression of beauty and grace that exudes from the dancers depicts the elegance of women in the palace.

  • Category:Chinese traditional dance
  • Dancers:Josephine Yeong, Macrecelly Michael Bikot, Anna Lee See Wan, Ervinar Nirshahtiqah, Cheang Yee Ling

Item #13

  • Title:Soldier
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    The dance is a recreation, refining and reworking of ancient court solder dance in the imperial army in China and onvolves both Ruanwu (grace and softness in dance) and Jianwu (strength and aggression in dance).

  • Category:Chinese traditional dance
  • Dancers:Mohamad Azizi, Mohamed Naim Syahrazad, Mohd Fauzi, Mohd Nurulazmie.


  • Lighting Designer:Nawfal Mohd Zamri, Nor Alif Fikri Nor Azeman, Mohd Khairel Izwan Mohd Khairi, Muhammad Hazmi Faiz Muhammad Khuzaini
  • Set Designer:Mohd Azli Razaly, Lim Hwang King, Wong En Li; Assistant: Nik Sriatin Raihan Mohamad, Alexandra Rita Padua, Siti Amirah Azman, Siti Amirah Azman, Teng Shun Yi, Kemdelyn Kerry, Siek Zhanzhan
  • Production Manager:Teh Bee Teen; Assistant: Muhammad Hasif Patihi
  • Stage Manager:Sazlan Mat Adnan, Emma Ahmad Yazid Wyder; Assistant: Chong Hoei Tzin; Deputy Stage Manager: Nur Atikah Nabillah Mohd Rizal
  • Publicist:Chong Hoei Tzin
  • Additional Notes:

    Chan Han Fei, Khairul Anuar Zainudin, Maria Devonne Escobia

    Assistant: Muhammad Azfar Shukri Hashim, Muhammad Afif Anor, Mohd Affandi Abdullah

    Yee Sue Ki, Khairul Anuar Zainudin, Muhammad Hazmi Faiz Muhammad Khuzaini


    Chan Han Fei, Khairul Anuar Zainudin, Maria Devonne Escobia

    Assistant: Muhammad Azfar Shukri Hashim, Muhammad Afif Anor, Mohd Affandi Abdullah


    Dance Captain: Yee Sue Ki, Lim Hwang King, Wong En Li, Fatin Ezriennadia Abdul Halim, Chong Hoei Tzin, Josephine Yeong Sook Yan, Al Jabar Laura, Ervinar Nirshahtiqah Samsulrizal

    Technical Manager: Al Mujtaba Shah Mohd Jamil

    Assistant Technical Manager: Faizer Naquib Fadzil, Kamal Syafiq Maskat, Hibri Arsad, Khoo Jin Han

    Logistic: Fatin Ezriennadia Abdul Halim, Chong Hoei Tzin

    Coordinators: Hanimah Samsudin

    Dance Reconstruction: Mohd Nur Faillul Adam, Wong Man Chui, Norsafini Jafar, Mohd Yunus Ismail, Zhou Gui Xin

    Script Writers: Chan Han Fei, Yee Sue Ki