KK people, I’m sure some if not all of you, have heard or seen the promotional of The Adventures of Ngarayang. The banners and buntings are everywhere on the street. It is a stage cultural performances said to be the piece de resistance of Sabah Fest 2012 (New Sabah Times, April 18th).
What is it about again, you ask?
It’s a musical performance depicting the story of Ngarayang, a fictional barter trader who travels along the West Coast of Sabah from Banggi Island to Kuala Penyu. He encountered several cultural events along his travel as well as his love story for a princess he met along the way.
This musical production involves some 400 local actors from several districts. The dances and rituals performed in the production are such as Tabadak dance (Dusun Bonggi), Pinakang dance (Dusun Kimaragang), Bakanjar and Sayau Moginum dance by the Tatana of the Kuala Penyu, Beaufort and Menumbok, Zapen Jamilah of the Brunei Malays along the west coast of Sabah and some others rituals and dances.
The musical performance has started screening on the 3rd of May until 5th of May 2012 at the Auditorium Hall, Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negeri Sabah (next to the State Library of Sabah).
Tickets : RM50 and RM30 (student)
On the other hand, yours truly and some other bloggers were given the opportunity from Borneo Colors to attend the media preview of the show prior the official screening.
Upon entering the entrance to the auditorium, my mind was brought back to the auditorium for the Siam Niramit stage musical show in Bangkok. I couldn’t help to hope that this show could be at least give the same spectacular effect I felt when watching Siam Niramit. Unfortunately, it didn’t. But having said that, The Adventures of Ngarayang is still a must-see show especially for us who have only know KadazanDusunMurut cultures despite the various ethnicity in Sabah. The colorful costumes, mesmerizing dances and the enchanting music derived from the traditional instruments are my best bet to watch the show.
Ngarayang and his ship crews set aboard the west coast of Sabah.
The princess who captured Ngarayang’s heart at first sight.
Bloggers: Eric, Wyne, Tom, moi and Haiden. Tecnically, my husband was invited as blogger too but he refused to be included since he rarely blog. Anyways, all the photos in this entry are credits to him.
If you are not up for the stage performance, why don’t just pay JKKN a visit. There’s food and handicraft exhibition and probably cultural presentation outside the JKKN building from 10am - 10pm. It should be a fun thing to do for your weekend activity!
Till next post!