Lights, Camera, Action!

Much Ado About Dance (M.A.A.D), a special Bharatanatyam performance at the 15th Johor Arts Festival

Sold out show for mesmerising south Indian dance during 15th Johor Arts Festival

Beautiful music, colourful lights, amazing costumes and unique choreographic sequences wowed the crowd that attended Much Ado About Dance (M.A.A.D), a special Bharatanatyam performance held during the 15th Johor Arts Festival (15JohorAF).

The performance choreographed and performed by Malaysian Bharatanatyam dance icon Ajith Bhaskar and the Suvarna Company dancers was an interesting mixture of traditional and contemporary movements.

Homemaker Ruby Loh, 64, said she enjoyed the whole experience.
“It has been quite some time since I have seen a classical Indian dance performance but this was just so good,” she said when met after the performance held at The Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru on 7th September 2018.

Fitness instructor N.S. Sumathi said the beauty of the show was how Ajith kept the beauty of Bharatanatyam intact while injecting some modern influences.

Malaysian Bharatanatyam dance icon Ajith Bhaskar

Much Ado About Dance was performed to a sold-out crowd and also included an informative pre-show talk to allow for the audience to better connect to the performed pieces.

“Each piece was performed to a different orchestration of Indian classical music, traditional classical, north Indian classical, devotional music and western inspired fusion,” said Ajith who added that he was very happy with how well the show was received.

Sold out show!

M.A.A.D is part of 15JohorAF organised by the Johor Society for the Performing Arts which will continue with a host of other performances including a comedy show called Joanne Kam: La La Lian on the 18th of September, a jazz performance called WVC Seketika Sebelum Merdeka and even a special quartet called ‘vision string quartet’ who will be travelling all the way from Berlin, Germany for the festival.

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