SIBU: Fourteen groups will perform in the five-day Sibu International Dance Festival, beginning today, at the Sibu Civic Centre here.
The groups include those from Lithuania, Taipei, China, India, Singapore and Thailand.
The event, part of the town’s tourism events, is organised by the Sibu Hornland Dance Theatre, together with the Sibu Municipal Council.
According to festival director Chen Ing Kuan of the Sibu Hornland Dance Theatre, experts from the participating countries would conduct dance seminars and workshops on Wednesday and Thursday.
On the dance troupes, he said Lituania’s ‘Papartelis’ would perform in the state for the first time.
He said Thailand’s Thaksin University of Songkla group led by Assistant Professor Thummanit Nokomrat would perform the unique ‘Nohra’ dance of Southern Thailand.
Two groups from Singapore, namely the ‘Frontier Danceland’ and ‘Wu Yue Dance Studio Arts Troupe’, will perform dances by blending the characteristics of eastern and western culture.
India will send its ‘Padma Sri Devayani’, a contemporary dance troupe, while China is represented by a group from the Guangzhou Art School Ballroom Dance group.
“The Guangzhou troupe was the champion of the Latin Dance and Modern Dance Category at the Black Pool Dance Festival, United Kingdom, in 2011 and 2012,” said Chen.
State tourism minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg is expected to officiate the opening ceremony at a hotel here tomorrow evening. — Bernama