Rumah is an interactive and visually intriguing dance performance, combining three works: Masak2, Kemas and Bantal Busuk. Using Malay dance vocabulary as a foundation, P7:1SMA contemporizes these movements to suit a child-centric perspective.
Masak2, a phrase that refers to the act of cooking and also to play with no boundaries, is a work that involves the movements, rhythms and gestures of preparing food and cooking. The work also engages children in familiar rituals of cooking and having a meal together as a family.
Kemas, meaning “clean”, incorporates the collaborative gestures of tidying. The piece revolves around the use of the traditional broom or sapu lidi, and engages with the ritualistic nature of sweeping, cleaning and making things neat.
Bantal Busuk or “smelly pillow”, also known as “chou chou”, is a work that focuses on the role of sleep in today’s modern society. The work explores the playful gestures involved in pre-bedtime rituals.
The performance is themed around everyday gestures, habits and routines such as cooking, cleaning and sleeping. Using play and improvisation, students are encouraged to look at day-to-day rituals with renewed perspective which allow them to explore the meaning of home and family through dance.
- Develop an awareness of and appreciation for movements and gestures related to Malay dance
- Encourage movement through play and improvisation
- Recognise and identify ways to contribute to the home and family through everyday deeds and actions