JOHOR BAHRU: Explore the beauty and grandeur of the South Indian classical dance form, Bharatanatyam through a very special performance called Much Ado About Dance at the 15th Johor Arts Festival (15JohorAF).
The performance choreographed by Malaysian Bharatanatyam dance icon Ajith Bhaskar will showcase the versatility of the art form through movement, melody, mime and words.
“M.A.A.D will include a unique selection of dances set to various genres of music within the Indian classical music framework,” said Ajith Bhaskar who will also perform during the show.
Ajith, who has been involved in dance for over 34 years has performed to awestruck audiences in Singapore, Thailand, India, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Europe, US and Canada.
He said that this performance, however, has a very unique repertoire.
“Each piece will be danced to a different orchestration of Indian classical music, traditional classical, north Indian classical, devotional music and western inspired fusion,” he said.
He added that the pieces will be performed in various Indian languages including Sanskrit, Tamil and Malayalam.
Other than the performance itself, Ajith will also be conducting a pre-show talk to allow the audience to better connect and understand the performances itself.
“The pre-show talk will help bring the audience closer to the pieces, inspire their imagination and allow them to connect to the dancer and the dances,” he said.
M.A.A.D, which is part of 15JohorAF organised by the Johor Society for the Performing Arts, will take place on Sept 7 at 8pm at the Puteri Pacific Hotel.
If you cannot make it for this show, you can also catch Ajith on Sept 22 at the Shantanand Auditorium in Kuala Lumpur for a special 25th year anniversary celebration of his dance company entitled Aadya.
Passes can be obtained online at https://15johoraf-maad.peatix.com. For details, log on to www.jspa.org.my/15johoraf.
SEPT 7 – MUCH ADO ABOUT DANCE (M.A.A.D)
Venue: Permata Ballroom, The Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru
Online Purchase: RM 100 (VIP), RM 50 (Regular), RM 30 (Student)
At Door Purchase: RM 120 (VIP), RM 60 (Regular), RM 36 (Student)
* Please present your Student ID upon registration at the counter