The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur (JFKL), Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA), Japan Contemporary Dance Network (JCDN), and Embassy of Japan in Malaysia presented the contemporary dance performance, WE’RE GONNA GO DANCING!! on 19th & 20th August at Experimental Theatre, ASWARA.
For this performance, we presented 3 pieces by Japanese dancers―Maki MORISHITA (“Debutante”), Masanori HOSHIKA (“Returnee”), and P’Lush (“Headache”)―and also 1 “new piece” which was created during a 7 day workshop conducted by Ikuyo KURODA (a dancer)for ASWARA Dancers, Malaysia. In addition to the performance, Mr. Hoshika also held the Hip-Hop workshop to the ASWARA students.
On the performance day, both the Japanese dancers and ASWARA dancers introduced various styles of expression, and drew much attention form the audience. Above all, as soon as the performance of ASWARA Dancers was over, the audience gave them a storm of applause. “Very interesting!’, “Refreshing”, “I believe this kind of event will always happen in Malaysia”, etc. are the comments from the audience.
WE’RE GONNA GO DANCING!! was appreciated not only in terms of introducing Japanese artist and culture, but also in terms of art and cultural exchange between Malaysia and Japan.