Aida Redza and her dance troupe WindRiver Productions lit up the night with a rousing performance during the finale of the George Town Festival recently.
Andrew Ng reports:
To celebrate George Town Festival’s 2019 grand finale, WindRiver Productions, led by Aida Redza, dedicates a dance expressing power, poetry and the care for our island.
The performance (video above) begins by tracing the memory of our shoreline along Beach Street, and as it moves up to the stage (video below), the dance starts to call attention to the concerns over our changing sea and landscape.
Reclaim serves as a stirring to create a call-to-action through dance on how we must first recover and protect the past before making forced changes to create a new future.
There is one bit in Part 1 above that I thought summed up the struggle between two competing visions for Penang – the bit where the guy says: “I dream of life; you dream of money.”
Why is it that in the process of chasing after money, we give up all the things which give meaning to life, all that is life-giving, all that sustains us.
Certainly, in the last general election, many Malaysians voted for Reformasi! – not Reklamasi.
And who better to articulate the opposition to the massive land reclamation in Penang than “Puteri Reformasi” Nurul Izzah Anwar, who wrote in her Facebook.
Her remarks have given an enormous filip to the #PenangTolakTambak campaign, which continues to grow in strength by the day.