Ms. Diana Corazon Blikau
Head of Delegation
The dance performed by the Malaysian dancers consists of dances from Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan. These three states represent Malaysia in the BIMP-EAGA Region. The opening dance is an ethnic contemporary dance by the dancers to portray the collaborations within the 3 States to represent Malaysia.
The ‘ngajat’ dance originated from the Iban community and has been passed down from generation to generation. This dance is now performed to celebrate the most important harvest festival, Gawai Dayak, to welcome important guests to the longhouses and so on.
Bermukun or Bergendang
Bermukun or Bergendang is one of the Malay traditions that has been inherited since their ancestor’s time more than a decade ago. Bermukun is usually performed during wedding ceremony in the olden times and the dancers will dance according to the music.
Magunatip is the Murut Tribe traditional dance in the community of Kuhijau that lives in Bingor, Apin-Apin and Keningau. Magunatip originates from the word ‘atip’ which means to be clammed.
Daling-Daling is a traditional dance for the Bajau and Suluk ethnics. Daling-Daling dance is usually performed together with ‘gabbang’ and violin.
Rajang Be’uh (Eagle Dance)
This dance is usually performed after the harvest season as a form of entertainment for guests of the longhouse. The movements of the dancers with outstretched hands imitate the movements of the eagles as they flap their wings in flight.
Datun Julud or Hornbill Dance is a traditional dance from Sarawak. The dance is from the Kenyah tribe from Kabupaten, Balungan, Kutai Berau and Pasir; traditionally performed to greet returning warriors, as well as to mark the end of the rice harvest season.
Malaysia, Year of Festivals (Finale)
This dance incorporates all the dances in Malaysia, showing unity and harmony with all ethnics and culturals in Malaysia. Malaysia has numerous Festivals in a year, and each movement depicts the movements of every dances, dance at Malaysian Festivals.