Performing for Madam President Tsai Ing-Wen | Saman Dance
On April 4, 2018, NTUST Saman Dance Club was invited to perform in the show opening of Taoyuan Agricultural Expo 2018. This expo is an international event that will be held in rotation by Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan. (News: http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aeco/201804040028.aspx)
About Saman Dance
Cited from Unesco.org “The Saman dance is part of the cultural heritage of the Gayo people of Aceh province in Sumatra. Boys and young men perform the Saman sitting on their heels or kneeling in tight rows.”
Cited from genpi.co, “Ratoh Jaroe Dance is similar and the movement is identical. However, there are fundamental differences from these two dances from Aceh. Generally, it is performed by men in odd numbers. This dance combines hand claps and chest claps. In addition, Saman dancers were led by several dancers who sat in the middle. Saman is a pure dance accompanied by poetry sung by the dancers.
While Ratoh Jaroe Dance is generally performed by women in even numbers. Ratoh Jaroe Dance Movement did not involve much clapping. In addition, Ratoh Jaroe Dance is controlled by two people sitting outside the dancer’s formation. While Ratoh Jaroe Dance is being accompanied by external music background or outside the dancers themselves.”
This performance has a special place in my heart because I’ve always wanted to meet and perform in front of a president. I haven’t met my own president yet, but meeting and performing in front of President Tsai Ing-Wen was a big honored for us.
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