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Rentak Bumi 2.0 – A Display Of Multicultural Dance Performances Mesmerised Art Enthusiasts At Panggung Bandaraya DBKL

Rentak Bumi 2.0 – A Display Of Multicultural Dance Performances Mesmerised Art Enthusiasts At Panggung Bandaraya DBKL

Three nights full of colourful traditional and contemporary dance performances done by Dua Space Theatre, Sutra Foundation & DiDance last weekend captivated the hearts of art enthusiasts and the public in general.

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In an attempt to close the year in style, three of Malaysia’s prominent dance companies, Dua Space Dance Theatre, Sutra Foundation and DiDance have collectively and in their own unique ways proven that arts and culture will always have a place in the hearts of Malaysians.

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With a three-night full house show that witnessed a mixed audience of various backgrounds and demographics, Rentak Bumi 2.0 left it all on stage as it highlighted the talent of some of the country’s best dancers under the creative direction of Artistic Directors, Anthony Meh & Aman Yap (Dua Space), Datuk Ramli Ibrahim (Sutra Foundation) and Zaridah Abdul Mallik (DiDance).

(Credit: Rentak Bumi 2.0)

Supported by ArtsFAS under Yayasan Hasanah, Rentak Bumi 2.0 is an explicit testament that a display of Malaysia’s rich cultural diversity and heritage is still relevant in this day and age. Rentak Bumi 2.0 is birthed from triumphant online efforts by the three dance companies during the height of the global pandemic. The series of videos has currently garnered close to 1 million views on YouTube. This has inspired the founders of Sutra, Dua Space and DiDance to once again synergise their efforts in transforming these dance videos into a compelling live performance, named Rentak Bumi 2.0. 

According to Aman Yap of Dua Space, “We are truly honoured to be able to collaborate with these respected dance companies. Thank you to everyone who came to watch the show and on behalf of all the dancers, stage crew and those working behind the scene, we hope to see the same kind of support towards our future shows and keep on embracing Malaysian arts as it is the heart and soul of the country”.

Palu Sa-Iring by DiDance dancers, along with their dance teacher, Zaridah Abdul Mallik.
(Credit: Rentak Bumi 2.0)

The third day of Rentak Bumi 2.0 also featured a special lecture demonstration entitled – ‘Behind the Making of Rentak Bumi’ – an effort specially designed to connect with the country’s performing arts students. Conducted by the three artistic directors, it offered crystal clear insight into the narrative behind the online staging of Rentak Bumi that led to Rentak Bumi 2.0.

Datuk Ramli Ibrahim, Founder and Artistic Director of Sutra Foundation, fresh from his return from Konark Dance Festival in India where Sutra Foundation’s performance received rave reviews from the global dance community, said “We hope to do more of this sharing session as it provides a first-hand understanding and acuity to the production of any creative work. More than a dance production, Rentak Bumi is the story of our country, and beyond politics and contrary to what you may have read in the media, we are proud of our multiculturalism. That aspect of ‘perpaduan’ is one of Rentak Bumi’s most prominent message. Again, we must extend our utmost appreciation to ArtsFAS and Yayasan Hasanah that has played a pivotal part in the execution of this event and allowed us to inspire a new generation of artists in visual and performing arts”.

The most show-stopping performance was the Perpaduan finale at the end of the night where the three dance companies danced to each other’s culturally different choreographies in unison.
(Credit: Rentak Bumi 2.0)

Performances during Rentak Bumi 2.0

Tryambakam by Sutra Foundation

This invocatory dance pays homage to Lord Siva, the nourisher of spiritual essence, and liberator of souls from the bondage of opposites. This is followed by 2 sabdas – the first sabda depicts the cosmic tandav (vigorous) dance of Lord Siva, swaying to the thunderous beats of his damaru (drums), while the second describes his destruction of the Triple Worlds of the demons. The two powerful sabdas awaken the dancer and audience to the presence of Siva.

(Credit: Rentak Bumi 2.0)

Crossroad by DiDance

There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves at a CrossRoad, afraid, confused without a guide. The choices we made in those moments can define our lives.” ~ Lucas Scott

(Credit: Rentak Bumi 2.0)

Ornaments of Grace by Dua Space Dance Theatre

Deliver the unique aesthetic of Chinese dance infuses among the diverse cultures of Malaysia. Just like the intricate structure of a flower, an ornamental, blooming beautifully and gracefully, nourished by the soil it grows.

(Credit: Rentak Bumi 2.0)

Palu Sa-Iring by DiDance

As my dearest Mommy puts it “Dance helps to keep a culture of people alive by sharing and teaching younger generations the dances” To celebrate her beliefs and her wonderful life I created “Palu Sa-Iring.” A celebration of dance among friends beating a small drum called Kompang. A traditional hand drum played in groups using interlocking movements to produce various composite rhythms with glorious dance movements.

(Credit: Rentak Bumi 2.0)

Jinjoti Pallavi by Sutra Foundation

A pallavi implies elaboration in the exposition of both dance and music. The graceful and lyrical movements exquisitely complement the melody and intricate rhythm of the pallavi. Both dance and music are framed in complex patterns creating a matching marriage of dance and music.

(Credit: Rentak Bumi 2.0)

The Pulse of Rainforest by Dua Space Dance Theatre

A fusion of various Malaysian dance. The use of rattan and fans to reproduce the significant images that resemble different ethnics, such as the peacock and hornbill, to present dance figures moving under the shades of green canopies, rising from this land of diverse quintessence.

(Credit: Rentak Bumi 2.0)

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