NY-KUL: Building Bridges

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015

NY-KUL: Building Bridges


The 1st international dance collaboration between the renowed Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and one of Malaysia’s leading arts institutions ASWARA will take place over an intense 9 days of sharing and dance. The 6 artists from NYU, that includes performer-lecturer Pamela Pietro as well Malaysian Yayasan Sime Darby The Star Scholarship Awardee Fairul Zahid will work with young Malaysian artists from ASWARA as well as other top local contemporary dancers and enthusiasts.

Over the 9 days, these artists will have the opportunity to share their practices at the masterclasses and have formal and informal discussions, thereby “Building Bridges”. In order to raise standards, it is critical to understand current trends in all genres of dance. The Malaysian artists  will also attempt to provide an insight into local culture through a simple demonstration, as well as providing background into the current dance industry practices. It is important to get all dancers and artists to work between genres within dance, across artistic disciplines, beyond political borders of nations, within collaboration laboratories and through various artistic expressions. In order to achieve this, meaningful exchange must take place, introductions must be made, work needs to be seen and interest must be generated.

The 9-day dance intensive intends to create a network of dance artists and arts institutions that helps to build relationships that will serve as the foundation for all types of future and further cooperation. This will be especially useful for young artists as they attempt to carve a niche for themselves in an increasingly challenging artistic environment.

The performance on 8 August 2015 will serve as a  valuable platform for showcasing talent from USA and Malaysia. NYU will present 3 works including the solo entitle Sola by Pamela Pietro, while Malaysia will feature Raziman Sarbini’s Dikir and Fauzi Amirudin’s Statemate. There will be also two works-in-progress which are the result of the workshops process.

Date: 30 July – 8 August November 2015 (workshops/exchanges)

Venue: ASWARA, 464, Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Auditorium DBKL, Jalan Raja Laut.

Tel: 03-269755405/1804/5313/019-2319179 (performance enquiries)