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Myanmar dancers perform in Jakarta
A DANCE troupe from the Ministry of Culture’s Fine Arts Department recently performed a series of traditional and contemporary dances for audiences in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.
“The Royal Beauty of Golden Myanmar” performance at the Gedung Kesenian Arts Centre on December 14 showcased 13 dances, ranging from the Dance of Zawgyi, a Myanmar folk character adept in the art of alchemy, to the Bagan Dance of the 11th-13th centuries, ASEAN said in a statement.
The performance was the fourth in the Best of ASEAN Performing Arts series, the development of which was promoted by ASEAN secretary general Dr Surin Pitsuwan.
“Culture can bind the 584 million people of ASEAN together as we build the ASEAN Community. Through culture, we learn, understand, appreciate and experience each other’s way of life.
The performing arts and arts in general will help to create a sense of belonging, consolidating our unity in diversity,” Dr Surin said in the statement.
The purpose of the series is to promote ASEAN awareness through the region’s rich and diverse cultures as well as to acknowledge the important role that Jakarta has played as the host city of the ASEAN Secretariat.
Indonesia had showcased the best of their cultural performances in May 2008, Thailand in August 2008, and Singapore in April 2009. The 4th Best of ASEAN Performing Arts was jointly organised by Myanmar’s Ministry of Culture and the ASEAN Secretariat and supported by the Myanmar Embassy in Indonesia.