AFTER premiering in South Korea last month, local dance performance piece Que Sera Sera will reach Malaysian shores this weekend. Akademi Seni Budaya Dan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA)‘s Sarawakian dancer Raziman Sarbini is set to perform the piece at Iskarnival Sama Sama.
Que Sera Sera was produced by Asia Duo Dance Company (ADDC) in collaboration with Atari Dance Project. Choreographed by Fairul Zahid of ADDC, it debuted in October at Gaeryong Mountain Festival in the city of Daejeong. Both Fairul and Raziman performed the piece then and went on to score positive feedback from the festival — Raziman’s note of gratitude on Facebook notes that the Malaysian team have been invited to return in the following year.
Raziman is a principal dancer from ASK Dance Company, a professional dance collective comprising ASWARA graduates led by arts educator Joseph Gonzales.
The Limbang-based performer made headlines in August for attempting to crowdsource funding in order to accept his enrolment into New York University (NYU)‘s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. He will be performing Que Sera Sera solo when it arrives in Johor.
Iskarnival Sama Sama meanwhile is the last of three editions of Johorean arts and culture festival Iskarnival held this year. In conjunction with the tenth anniversary of Iskandar Malaysia, organisers have split the festival into three editions to be held across three consecutive months — Iskarnival Kreatif was held from 17-18 September while Iskarnival Naratif was held from 15-16 October.
Taking place in Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya, Iskarnival Sama Sama will run from 12-13 November and provide opportunity to over 1,100 creatives to share their works with the public. Other acts performing at the festival this weekend include popular singer Elizabeth Tan, Indonesian indie-rockers Efek Rumah Kaca, alternative musician The Venopian Solitude, ska/punk band Plague of Happiness and poet Jamal Raslan.
Iskarnival is presented by Khazanah Nasional Berhad, UEM Sunrise Berhad and Iskandar Investment Berhad with support from Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), the state government of Johor, and the Johor Bahru city council.