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[Performing Arts Coverage] “Un Yamada x Kelantanese Traditional Music Collaboration Project – Blessing Of Life”


[Performing Arts Coverage] “Un Yamada x Kelantanese Traditional Music Collaboration Project – Blessing Of Life”



Kuala Lumpur, November 2019 – Our team has attended a unique show recently, “Un Yamada x Kelantanese Traditional Music Collaboration Project – Blessing Of Life”. (read our previous article here: https://www.wljack.com/2019/10/upcoming-event-un-yamada-x-kelantanese.html )

An Unexpected Collaboration of Two Different Cultures!
Presented by Un Yamada, a Japanese contemporary dancer with an ensemble of traditional musicians from Kelantan, the showcase “Blessing Of Life” has taken place at BlackBox, National Academy of Arts and Culture (ASWARA) on 26th and 27th October 2019. The show was organized by The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur in collaboration with ASWARA.



“Main Puteri” a local culture and traditional ritual was the main focus of the show. Before the initiation of the project, Yamada has met up Eddin Khoo, the founder of PUSAKA to gain the basic knowledge about traditional performing arts in Malaysia.

“I got interested in Main Puteri, because of its relationship with disease. I started dancing when I got an incurable disease when I was 14,” said Yamada while sharing about her rheumatic disease.

“Without the disease, I would not have started dancing. Without dancing, I would have been defeated by the disease. Until now, my relationship with ‘disease’ has continued and it is the theme of my life. I feel like I am coming back to my origin by working on this showcase,” said Yamada before the start of the project.

Kamarul Baisah Hussin, music director and Zamzuriah Zahari, project coordinator took Yamada to their hometown in Kelantan to allow her to see and experience Main Puteri. This first-hand exposure has inspired Yamada a lot in the presentation of the showcase.



The showcase has blended the traditions of 2 different cultures, namely Kelantan and Japan. It has infused the elements of Main Puteri such as the dialogues, singing dialogues, the physicality of the patient with a disease, shamanic physical sensation of the possession by another spirit, and movements which resembles a trance.

Via the show, you can see how “Tradition” such as Main Puteri blends with “Modern” contemporary dance and finally demonstrated via this showcase.



The show also sees the presence of Kelantanese Musicians including Mat Din Hussin, Salihin Bin Azman and Ahmad Ridwan Hussin. It has been a challenge for them too to include the “Modern” contemporary element into their usual traditional performance. The outcome turns out to be refreshing in a lot of ways.



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