Sabah, Malaysia

Sabah, Malaysia
September 2011

Battery Dance Company worked in Sabah, Malaysia, September 2011


  • September 19 - October 2, 2011


  • U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
  • ECA Bureau
  • Fulbright Specialist Program


  • Sutra Dance Theatre, Ramli Ibrahim, Artistic Director
  • Watson’s Malaysia
  • Fulbright Alumni Association of Malaysia (FAAM)
  • Malaysian-American Alumni Partnership (MAAP)
  • Nadayu Properties Berhad
  • Bernard Chandran
  • Astro

    Malaysia Program Specifics

  • 4 performances of Into the Centre, Auditorium DBKL
  • 1 performance of Dancing to Connect, Mt. Kiara International School
  • 1 performance of Dancing to Connect, Penang Town Hall
  • 1 performance of Dancing to Connect, UMS, Kota Kinabalu
  • 5 Dancing to Connect workshops with approximately 20 students each of 5.5 hours x 4 days each
  • 2 lighting workshops by BDC Production Designer Barry Steele
  • 1 Keynote Address for Asia Pacific International Dance Conference by BDC Artistic Director Jonathan Hollander
  • 1 Video/dance exhibition and talk by BDC teaching artist Robin Cantrell

  • A 5th workshop took place in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on Borneo. This one was led by Robin Cantrell with the able assistance of ASWARA’s Faillul (‘Boy’) Adam. Hotel accommodations, workshop space, performance venue, and participants had all been arranged by dance teacher and choreographer Suhaimi Magi, whom Hollander, Cantrell and Scantlebury had met in January when he was still teaching on the faculty at ASWARA. He joined the faculty at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in July and negotiated the dance department’s full support of Dancing to Connect. This was a radical departure from the foundation of traditional Malay dance training that characterizes UMS’ approach to dance training. Robin found the students hungry for the kind of approach she purveyed, though the final performance lacked coordination and was poorly attended, due, in part, to Suhaimi’s absence (he left the day before the performance for a conference in Korea.)

    Malaysia 2011

    Penang, Malaysia
    Kuang (Rimbun Dahan), Malaysia
    Sabah, Malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia