F.U.N. Exploration of Asian Dances at da:ns Festival 2010

[written and compiled by KopiOkaya]

Dance in Asia dates back more than a thousand years. Originating in royal courts, temples and villages, traditional dances are performed as part of formal ceremonies, sacred rituals and communal celebrations, often expressing epic stories of love and war or myths and legends. As part of da:ns Festival 2010, Rasas brings you on a journey of discovery to learn more about the dance heritage of Asia.

These images were taken during several F.U.N. outings to the da:ns Festival from 8th to 17th October 2010. The main challenge photographing  this event is to get the colors right. There was a massive array of stage lights with different color gels. One side red, the other side blue and orange on top, etc, etc. Many F.U.N. members were simply baffled during post processing trying to find most pleasing colors. You can read about their misfortune HERE.

Meanwhile, we welcome our newest FUNee True34colors. He uses a Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro.

Dances from Bali Explored – Godogan Dance Drama by Sanggar Tari & Tabuh Pandawa (Indonesia)

The Godogan dance drama, also known as Frog Dance, draws from animal movement and behavior. Performed by a cast of adults and children, this captivating tale is about a frog who yearns to marry the princess of Daha. The frog’s mother, initially embarrassed by this, gives in to him and visits the palace to convey her son’s love for the princess. There she is killed but the frog uses his magical powers to bring her back to life. Unhappy with his ugliness, he prays to the gods to change him into a handsome prince. His wish is granted and he marries the beautiful princess.

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[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Dances from Thailand Explored by dancers from Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University (Thailand)

Thai folk dance or Rabam is traditionally associated with agricultural, social and religious activities. The different regions of Thailand have their own folk dance styles, reflecting the way of life unique to each region. The performances will be followed by demonstrations of the graceful movements of these dances.

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[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Dances from Cambodia – The Story of Machhanup by Apsara Arts Association (Cambodia)

The Story of Machhanup is a tale from the Reamker and is unique to the Khmer version of the Ramayana. Performed in Cambodian classical dance by an ensemble of adult and child dancers, it tells the story of Machhanup who is half monkey and half fish. The tale begins with the soldiers of the monkey king, Hanuman, building a stone bridge across the waters to the island of giants. The golden mermaid princess of the sea, Sovann Maccha, orders her fishes and mythical sea creatures to remove the stones. Seeing this, Hanuman dives into the sea to stop them, and falls in love with her. She later bears his child, Machhanup, who grows up to be a powerful fighter, trained by a giant orge Morha Rom Ell. Not knowing who his father is, Machhanup battles Hanuman. But Sovann Maccha stops the fight and reveals the truth.

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[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Indigo2008] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: True34colors] Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Dances from Japan Explored by The Japanese Cultural Society (Singapore)

Japanese folk dance has evolved out of the daily lives of people in their local communities and is handed down from generation to generation.  Presenting here are a series of traditional dances like Maiougi (Fan Dance), Yashiki Musume (Housemaid Dance) and Takeda Bushi, a Japanese Samurai warrior dance, will be performed.

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[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: True34colors] Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

[photo: Indigo2008] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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