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Saudi Arabia Group Riyadh

This is the Saudi Arabia segment of the Folkdance Festival – July 7

 I have a confession to make. I am not quite familiar with the Saudi folk dance and I am not quite sure what the dance presentation was about on the night concerned.  In the mean time, enjoy the Bamboo Cane dance ( the Mizmar?)

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Saudi Arabia

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Beauty Is In The Eye of  The Beholder

This is the Beauty “Contestsegement of the Folkdance Competition- July 7

Eureka!

 This may yet be another bright idea that the festival’s bright sparks can consider. A Folklore Beauty Contest to revolutionise the folkdance festival into something totally unrecognisable from its first incarnation. I must say it was a well conceived move having the beauty galore assembled in one place. Next year will definitely see more medallion men jostling for the show. Ticket prices will then skyrocket to price everyone else out of the market, just like what they did in Sarawak.

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Beauty Festival

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On Alti Kiz (sixteen girls) – Kazakhstan

This is the Kazakhstan segment of the Folkdance Festival – July 7

Land of the Kazakh won the Best Costume category of the folk-dance competition. They were the celebrities of the night for the colourful and strikingly beautiful red costumes they put on on the night. It’s a sort of a cross between that of Russian and Mongolian traditional attires. And the dance contained a hint of Russian flavour in it as well.

I love the way they “kampai” to the audiences all night long. Would have loved to stay longer to kampai and doing a “Zorba the Greek”  with them, till the moo cows came home. But the judges fell in love with their costumes and that meant I was counted out in one go.

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Welcome Home, Honey!

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Majelis Adat Dayak Nasional- Kalimantan, Indonesia

This is the Indonesian Kalimantan segment of the Folkdance Festival – July 7

Dayak refers to the indigenous people residing in the island of Borneo, especially in the regions of Sarawak and Kalimantan. Their dances are usually full of symbolism and can be considered to be a type of ritual dance, such as that ceremonial dance to express gratitude  for an abundant harvest.

The Dayak of Kalimantan is not to be confused with the Dayak of Sarawak. Although they do adorn similar traditional costumes at times and their customary practices and belief  do coincide in some respects, they are also quite dissimilar to each other in other respects. That’s my observation, in any case, but I am not an expert in ethnology. So my comments are what you would regard as a hearsay in the court of law. Call me an opinionated buffoon if you like. It doesn’t really bother me.

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Dayak Belly Dance If I Am Not Mistaken

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Punjab Folk Art Centre

This is the India segment of the Folkdance Festival – July 7

Bhangra, that lively & jolly folk dance originated from the Punjab region of India & Pakistan. It, without fail, always gets me going and in the mood for a Saturday Night Fever. The dance performed at the Fest somehow has that missing ingredient that I can’t quite  put my finger on it. Was it the music? Or, those super-charged bouncing and hopping dance movements? Not quite sure.

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Bhangra, Hey, Hey, Hey!

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Zhan Jiang Song and Dance Ensemble-  Guang Dong, China

This is the China segment of the Folkdance Festival – July 7

And of course the usual ribbons (and fans) in a Chinese dance would go without saying.  Chinese dance has its own unique vocabulary, semantics, and syntactic structure that enable a dancer on stage to fully express his/her thoughts and feelings with ease and grace. The dance at the Fest was  the fast paced version of the Ribbon Dance from Guang Dong of China.

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Ribbons of China

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