Starting with strong foundations in traditional Malay dances such as zapin, ronggeng, inang and serampang 12, together with the traditional Malay martial art of silat, NUS Ilsa Tari experiments with both traditional and contemporary Malay dance to push the boundaries of creativity and modernity.
The word ilsa is derived from the Malay word asli or native, which signifies a bold new artistic direction for radical creativity in Malay dance while acknowledging the importance of the past. Today, NUS Ilsa Tari plays a part in the evolution of a Malay dance form relevant to the times.
Under the tutelage of Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer Osman Abdul Hamid, the Peoples’ Association Malay Dance Group’s choreographer and Singapore's Young Artist Award recipient, each dance engages with modern themes not usually dealt with in Malay dance, such as women’s empowerment, metaphysics of the soul and multiculturalism.
Key Past Events
- 2012Performance at George Town Festival
Key Past Achievements
- 2010Production of the Year, Tan Ean Kiam Arts Awards, for Fitrah (NUS Arts Festival)
- 2014Production of the Year, Tan Ean Kiam Arts Awards, for Selamatkan Bumiku - Bumi Merekah ... Langit Membelah (Save My Earth)
- 2015Group of the Year, Tan Ean Kiam Arts Awards
- 2015Production of the Year, Tan Ean Kiam Arts Awards, for Temasek Berbisik - Whispers of Temasek