Dancing to the beat of history

Performing arts ensemble Sriwana (above) will trace the history of Malay dance through music and movement.
Performing arts ensemble Sriwana (above) will trace the history of Malay dance through music and movement.PHOTOS: ESPLANADE - THEATRES ON THE BAY

Expect the Esplanade Forecourt to turn into Mardi Gras every evening of Pesta Raya, as performing arts ensemble Sriwana welcomes viewers with the beats, jingles and thrum of traditional Malay drums and tambourines.

Seribu Rentak/One Thousand Beats features 30 performers playing handheld instruments such as the kompang, rabai, jidur and tambourine. The performance introduces viewers to the musical instruments that accompany Malay dance and runs from July 12 to 15, starting at 6.30pm each evening.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 12, 2018, with the headline 'Dancing to the beat of history'. Print Edition | Subscribe