LAMAN TARI AZANIN
(AZANIN DANCE GARDEN)
“WHERE ART AND NATURE DANCE TOGETHER”
Suasana Cultural Centre is proud to announce the emergence of LAMAN TARI AZANIN (Azanin Dance Garden) which is ideally located at a most pristine and magical site. Here, the newly-built Suasana Cultural Centre Complex faces the glistening Langat River and surrounded by luscious green rolling hills. The flora and fauna is filled with myriad of colours of the exotic species of Heliconias, Gingers, and Costus. The aroma of traditional flowers of the Kenanga, Melor, Kesidang, Melati, and Cempaka permeates all around. The tranquility, the sereneness and the sense of peace in Laman Tari Azanin are so conducive and exhilarating for the expression of creative endeavours and performing art activities.
Amidst this wonderful natural ambience, Suasana Cultural Centre welcomes lovers of the arts and novices of culture to enhance further your life experiences by witnessing and participating in the activities and the performing arts programmes presented here.
At Laman Tari Azanin
…….Activate your sense of sight, sounds, and smells
…….Colour your life in the flora and fauna
…….Feel the Pulse of Living Traditions
…….Immerse in the aroma of traditional perfume garden
For it is where Art and Nature Dance Together
PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMMES 2009
AT LAMAN TARI AZANIN
PRESENTED BY SUASANA CULTURAL CENTRE
Suasana Culture Centre is an Arts and Culture resource centre with the prime objectives of nurturing, developing and promoting the rich cultural heritage in general of the region and specifically the performing arts of Malaysia.
Through the medium of theatre arts, Suasana under the artistic direction of the nationally and internationally acclaimed Dancer-Choreographer Datin Azanin Dato Ahmad, has brought the country’s name and image to high repute. Suasana ‘s 30 years of existence, has accumulated not only a vast theatrical experience both on stage and in the electronic medium, but also it possesses a huge following and networking with international artists of reputable and distinguished personalities.
SUASANA’s concept, performance repertoire and artistic approach are totally different from the mainstream and such an undertaking is actually normally branded as the SUASANA-AZANIN style of art creation. In her capacity as Artistic Director, Azanin has devoted much of her energy to researching the classical art forms and has presented original Dance Drama Theatre productions based on the results of her study. She has succeeded in presenting her performances of the classical genre in a new light. Such artistic endeavours include the unique ‘Makyong’ theatre, the Gamelan of Terengganu, the Gendang Terinai of Perlis, Silat (Malay art of self defence), and the Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppet) theatre form.
Azanin’s creative work has helped to revive the beauty and essence of this suppressed and dying art, shedding new light on the indigenous culture. Her efforts in providing the stimulus to keeping this art form alive have made a great impression on lovers of the Arts locally and internationally.
In the world of dance, SUASANA has touched the hearts and minds of audiences not only in Malaysia but also overseas such as in the United Kingdom , USA, Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, South Africa, Cambodia, and Singapore.
LAMAN TARI AZANIN
GARDEN OF THEATRICAL EXPRESSION
Below are some examples of Theatre Performances planned for this 2009 season.
DANCE DRAMA THEATRE PRODUCTION
Suasana Cultural Centre has produced several major nationally and internationally-acclaimed dance drama theatre productions – Dayang Sari, Jentayu, Putri Sa’dong, Cempaka Emas, Seri Rama-Siti Dewi, Keris, Kunang-Kunang Gunung Ledang, and Tun Fatimah.
These masterpieces will once again be presented for the enjoyment of present day
An ancient form of traditional Malay theatre where dance, drama, singing, and comedy interplay with each other. A unique theatre style from the Northeast coast state of Kelantan.
SHADOW PUPPET THEATRE
This performance is an ancient form of traditional theatre depicting the grand Ramayana epic.
A MOMENT IN DANCE
The magical expressions of classical dance performances from the ancient royal courts will transport the audiences to the grand bygone days of our performing arts in perfect harmony with the haunting and magical sounds of the music of our ancient past
LAMAN TARI AZANIN
GARDEN OF LEARNING
1. CLASSICAL DANCE CLASS
January 2009 intake is now opened for enrolment.
Existed since 1989, Suasana Cultural Centre welcomes members of the public from all walks of life and ages to come and join to learn our classical dance.
Classes: Every Saturdays – 10am/ 11am/ 12noon
One hour per class (four classes per month)
Fees: Children/Students RM100.00 per month
Students-College/University RM120.00 per month
Adults RM160.00 per month
Certificate of Attendance will be issued after each full year of attendance.
Special short term course is also available whereby specific timetable can be arranged and fees rated accordingly.
2. PERFORMING ARTS CAMP
Performing Arts activities and programmes are made available for students during school holidays. Special dance and music training classes, talks, workshops, and demonstrations will be conducted on a full day basis or for a one/two nights and two/three day’s session.
The participants will not only be mesmerised by the beauty of our arts and culture but will also be enchanted in the wonderful wonders of nature and be enthralled by this magical and traditional perfumed Dance Garden.
Suasana Cultural Centre works closely with specially-appointed Programme Organisers/Coordinators in developing artistic and creative programmes for the benefit of all participants.
Students ranging from the age of 12 onwards are encouraged to participate in this unique combination of artistic and cultural experience and nature.
Examples of Programme Modules and Activities
- Classical Dance Class
- Classical Music Appreciation – music genre of our heritage
- Talks/Lectures and Demonstration of our Performing Arts and History
- Shadow Puppet Demonstration and Puppet making
- Savouring food on the banks of the glistening waters of the Langat River.
- Camping Activities/Barbeques/Bonfires
- Nature Walks – A stroll in the Dance Garden inhaling the aroma of the traditional perfumed flowers, mesmerised by the myriad of colors and species of the exotic Heliconias, Gingers, and Costus, and staring at the majestic 50-odd years old Durian trees while surrounded by the chirping sounds of the birds.
The Fees and Programme Schedule and Modules are formulated according to specific requirements.
Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all participants.
3. DANCE WORKSHOPS/TALKS/LECTURES & DEMONSTRATIONS
It has been a norm for the Artistic Director/Choreographer of Suasana Cultural Centre to conduct Dance Workshops, hold Talks and lectures on her artistic life’s work locally and overseas. The participants are from the different echelons of society – from the corporate sectors to institutions of learning and the public at large. Overseas stint has always been a very satisfying exercise and an overwhelming experience. It was reported by the host-organiser in countries like the United Kingdom and the Gran Canarias of Spain that a record number of 200-300 participants attended the workshop. With such avenues, our performing arts dating from the ancient past – the Makyong Theatre, Shadow Puppet Theatre, and the Classical Royal Court dance were able to penetrate to the hearts and minds of those who attended.
Hence, now with the presence of this newly-established artistic venue, this tradition will be continued. Suasana Cultural Centre will also consider requests from the general public to hold such program from time to time.
Guest Speakers, locals and international personalities, will also be invited to express themselves here.
Throughout the years of existence and having performances in several overseas venues, Suasana Cultural Centre has accumulated vast and varied connections and networking with international artist as well as creative institutions. It has always been the desire of Suasana’s Artistic Director to invite these internationally reputable personalities to experience our local art and cultural heritage and undertaking collaborative work of art together. The end result of this undertaking is to expunge such experience to the new generation of performing arts artists in the country.
The local masters and mastercraftsmen of our rich cultural heritage have been neglected and they now rapidly facing extinction. Hence before these classical gems disappear completely, this program will make it possible for their precious artistic and creative skills to be researched and documented. This special invitation for these artists to be in Laman Tari Azanin will provide that dearth of knowledge to be well preserved hence enable us to provide that continuity of the old to the present for the future generation.
This program will indeed help to fulfill the objectives of Azanin and Suasana Cultural Centre towards the preservation, development, and promotion of our dying rich cultural heritage
LAMAN TARI AZANIN
GARDEN OF INSPIRATION
The tranquility and the ever so peaceful surroundings of the Laman Tari can provide an alternative venue for Corporate and group meetings and discussion in an informal manner, Such ambience will inspire an alternative way of thinking which can lead towards a more creative sense of purpose and a more fulfilling interaction and communication with one another. The environment here provides absolute privacy and one can be ‘yourself’ and hence provide an invigorating fulfillment of the objective at hand.
Laman Tari can be that space where you can explore in order to achieve self improvement, enable strategic decision making, improve communication, enhance team work, build up self-esteem, and most of all to really feel inspired.
The nature abound, the myriads of colours of the exotic plants, and the perfume of traditional flowers would certainly provide fabulous inspiration in your line of work.
Laman Tari is certainly an ideal venue for small and focus groups looking to have that special and meaningful synergy and bringing this new-found creative inspiration back to their workplace.
Available of different venue setting for different inspiration:
- Balai -‘Rumah Ibu’ (which housed the main Gallery) – This is an indoor setting for Meetings or Round Table Conferencing for 8 to 10 persons.
- Balai Tari
This is a handsome stage with traditional roofing and with open sides. It has its own courtyard and hence one can have a choice either to use just the stage area or the courtyard or both.
Possible to have either table style and theatre style seating arrangement or both
There are several choices of an outdoor garden setting which can suit your own personal preferences
Table setting or picnic style where you can sit on the well-manicured lawn
- Wakaf Soiree
Available of two Wakaf (Pavilion) setting:
o Wakaf Sungai is by the Langat River – can sit for 10 persons
o Wakaf Tari is facing the Balai Tari and its courtyard – can sit for 14 persons
Laman Tari Azanin also welcomes all those who would like to have their own private events here such as:
- Dinner under the Moon and the Stars
- Morning coffee or Tea – A Stroll in the Garden
OR a whole day event amalgamating of the above three programmes
OR a half day programme
Multiple choices of Setting:
On the bank of the glistening river
Guests from overseas will certainly be enthralled by this exquisite magical setting that will leave a long and lasting memory.
LAMAN TARI AZANIN
WHERE ART AND NATURE DANCE TOGETHER
SUASANA CULTURAL CENTRE
LAMAN TARI AZANIN
Suasana 2661, Batu 18 ½ Jalan Hulu Langat
43100 Hulu Langat
Tel/Fax: 03 90216088
E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web page: http://www.azanin.net