DATUK MUSTAFA FUZER NAWI & WORLD RENOWNED RUSSIAN ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR, TIMUR GORKOVENKO, MET IN KL AND MADE A HISTORICAL GOLDEN HANDSHAKE TO SPEARHEAD PERFORMING ARTS FOR MALAYSIA

Published by Lavinesh @ 12/12/2019

Ms. Audrey Kwan, President of Dance Artistry International, Mr. Shannon Lee, Managing Director of The Dance Company, Ms. Lyudmila Bragina, Director of St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet, Mr. Timur Gorkovenko, World Renowned Orchestra Conductor, Datuk Mustafa Fuzer Nawi, Music Director of National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), Dato’ Sri Megat Hadzlie Adlan Anakanda YM Raja Jamaliah, President of Malaysia Heritage Tourism Association (MYHTA), Dr Ayrat A. Akhmetov, Head of Culture of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to Malaysia.

World renowned Russian Orchestra Conductor, Timur Gorkovenko, met with top Malaysian Orchestra Conductor, Datuk Mustafa Nawi, at Istana Budaya for a historical Golden Handshake ceremony to spearhead the Malaysian Performing Arts Industry. This is ahead of the upcoming feature presentation of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ by St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet that will taking place on the 4th and 5th April 2020. It will be the first time ever that Datuk Mustafa and Timur will be conducting the National Symphony Orchestra to set the atmosphere for the feature presentation.

Ms. Casey Crystal, PA to CEO of South East Asia of My Ticket, Ms. Natalia Ng, Artiste, Ms. Audrey Kwan, President of Dance Artistry International, Mr. Shannon Lee, Managing Director of The Dance Company, Ms. Lyudmila Bragina, Director of St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet, Mr. Timur Gorkovenko, World Renowned Orchestra Conductor, Datuk Mustafa Fuzer Nawi, Music Director of National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), Dato’ Sri Megat Hadzlie Adlan Anakanda YM Raja Jamaliah, President of Malaysia Heritage Tourism Association (MYHTA), Dr Ayrat A. Akhmetov, Head of Culture of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to Malaysia, Ms. Atilia Haron, Artiste.

At the private exclusive Golden Handshake ceremony, a Round Table Forum was held with the presence of Dr Ayrat A. Akhmetov, Head of Culture of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Megat Hadzlie Adlan Anakanda YM Raja Jamaliah, President of Malaysia Heritage Tourism Association (MYHTA), Datuk Mustafa Fuzer Nawi, Music Director of National Symphony Orchestra Conductor, Mr. Timur Gorkovenko, World Renowned Orchestra Conductor, Ms. Lyudmila Bragina, Director of St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet, Mr. Shannon Lee, Managing Director of The Dance Company, Ms. Audrey Kwan, President of the Dance Artistry International, Ms. Atilia Haron, Artiste, Ms. Natalia Ng, Artiste and moderated by Mr. Muhammad Rasydan Ma’at. The Round Table Forum discussion was focussed on mainly the Issues & Challenges in the Malaysian Performing Arts Industry, Russia-Malaysia Cultural Arts & Diplomatic Ties Exchange and the collaboration between Datuk Mustafa Fuzer Nawi & Timur Gorkovenko for ‘The Sleeping Beauty’.

Mr. Shannon Lee, Managing Director of The Dance Company

According to Mr. Shannon Lee, Managing Director of The Dance Company, “The Malaysian Performing Arts Industry is still at the cultivating (beginning) stage, whereby we need more artistry exposure in terms of narrowing the gap between artiste, business, bureaucracy, government, corporations as well as education not only in Malaysia but also in Asia. I believe everyone knows about the various types of genres out there such as Korean-Pop and so on, however, the younger generations are not exposed to classical traditional musicals like ‘The Sleeping Beauty’. This will be the key point for us to keep the integrity of the classics in fine arts alive. Therefore, at the moment, the Malaysian Performing Arts Industry is at the cultivating stage, which means that the younger generation need to be more exposed to different genres and not just be exposed to commercial or what they view online or on television. My role as producer, I am like the bridge for bringing in the balance between the classical, modern art and commercial value into the Performing Arts Industry.”

Mr. Timur Gorkovenko, World Renowned Orchestra Conductor, Dato’ Sri Megat Hadzlie Adlan Anakanda YM Raja Jamaliah, President of Malaysia Heritage Tourism Association (MYHTA), Dr Ayrat A. Akhmetov, Head of Culture of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to Malaysia

Dato’ Sri Megat Hadzlie Adlan Anakanda YM Raja Jamaliah, President of Malaysia Heritage Tourism Association (MYHTA), said “On behalf of the Malaysia Heritage Tourism Association, heritage, especially Malaysia’s heritage, must be promoted in 2020 in conjunction with Visit Asia Truly Malaysia 2020. It is the perfect time for us and the young generation to learn more about our culture and not forsaken our roots and heritage. In my opinion, Malaysians, especially the younger generations, must take a step back to promote and appreciate our nation’s rich heritage.”

Ms. Audrey Kwan, President of Dance Artistry International

Ms. Audrey Kwan, President of the Dance Artistry International, said “Education for the arts is not more to cultivating the appreciation towards the arts. As Dato’ Sri Megat mentioned earlier, culture is the roots of a developed nation. As Shannon always says, to make a comparison between a developed country and a less developed country is through the understanding and the appreciation of arts & culture, which I believe that it is important not only just for the children but also for everyone.”

“From my experience working in the United Kingdom and Netherlands, since my background is in dance and engineering, I was able to merge these skills together and teach physics through dance to children with dyslexic and autism. I would like to see more of this in Malaysia. It is very important to Shannon and I that we find a balance between the artist, commercial world, bureaucrats and the education scene to bridge them together enabling everyone to be educated and have an appreciation towards the fine arts,” added Audrey.

Ms. Atilia Haron, Artiste

“I believe through arts, music and dance is a way to bridge nations together. I am very proud to say that we, Malaysia, have a lot of different and unique cultures but sometimes, it is not celebrated enough. It is good to have a discussion here to identify the strengths and weakness of the Malaysian Performing Arts Industry and improve the industry. I believe art is borderless, art is limitless, and it is time for us to exchange ideas and learn from one another,” said Ms. Atilia Haron, Artiste.

Ms. Natalia Ng, Artiste

Ms. Natalia Ng, Artiste, said “Malaysia’s culture is very interesting. It is rather disappointing to go for international film festival such as the American Film Festival and Hong Kong Film Festival and to find out that not many people even know about the Malaysian Film Industry. This is because the industry is not getting enough support and funding to create great quality content that is about Malaysia and be able to reach a greater audience outside of Malaysia.”

Dr Ayrat A. Akhmetov, Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture said “The Russian culture has a lot to offer to the world such as ballet, poetry and many more. In this regard, we are delighted for Shannon, Audrey, The Dance Company and Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Malaysia (MOTAC) for their efforts to present the best feature presentation of the Russian culture to Malaysians. In this modern time, it is about sharing culture as I believe culture is a common but unique language. The ballet and its music create such a blend which produces a remarkable impression to those who have taken the opportunity to watch the spectacular performance. They are able to understand and appreciate the real feature presentation of the culture and music. We aim to promote the beauty of the Russian culture to the world.

Mr. Timur Gorkovenko, World Renowned Orchestra Conductor, Ms. Lyudmila Bragina, Director of St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet

According to Ms. Lyudmila Bargina, Director of St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet, “It is an honor for us to be able to present the Russian culture (ballet) in Malaysia. The Russian Ballet is well-known around the world for its beautiful choreography and its rich heritage. It is beautiful because it takes a lot of hard work to produce such a high-quality performance.”

Following The Dance Company (TDC)’s success in bringing in the first full professional UK cast full-length ballet “Swan Lake by Ballet West’ last year, TDC brings ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ by the world-renowned St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet with a full team of 37 Russian ballet ballerinas to showcase their talent in executing the technically challenging choreography. There will be a combined crew of about 100 people including the dance artists, musicians, technical crew, costume crew, choreographer and ballet master involved in the production of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’.

The Sleeping Beauty in Malaysia continues the long and great tradition of Russian classical ballet from what most would consider of being the Russian ballet’s golden age and will be performed in its most original choreography. The company tours 250 sold-out performances annually, in over 130 cities including those of Finland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Canada, China and the USA to over 1 million audiences.

‘The Sleeping Beauty’ feature presentation will take place on the 4th to 5th April 2020 at Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur.

Mr. Timur Gorkovenko, World Renowned Orchestra Conductor