Jamila And Rashiddin, A True Love Story In ‘Sintang Dalisay’ On Saturday

Masidi Manjun, sixth from left, received a courtesy call from the ‘Sintang Dalisay’ production team in his office.

KOTA KINABALU: ‘Sintang Dalisay,’ an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in an imaginary Filipino Muslim community, accompanied by kulintangan music, and choreographed with Igal dance, will be performed at Auditorium JKKNS on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

The musical play is told using dance, song, drama and live music. This will be the first time it is being held on the island of Borneo.

The dance is drawn from the Igal, a dance traditional of the Bajau/sama in south Ubian, Sitangkai and also the East Coast of Sabah especially in Semporna district.

The four-day event aims to promote local talents in performing arts and exposure in stage performing.

A scene from the musical play.

Through this platform we hope to give awareness on the importance of exposing our local Sabahan talents participating in this programme and at the same time, allow the opportunity to learn about the tips and tricks of the arts from professionals.

Sintang Dalisay is based on a Filipino poet’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, written in 1901. It is set in a fictional Muslim town in the Philippines and features the rivalry of the Mustaffa and Kalimuddin clans, as well as the romance between Jamila and Rashiddin.

The music of Sintang Dalisay builds on “the Sama Bajau tradition in southern Philippines, but infuses it with sounds and rhythms from other indigenous Philippine groups.”

The costumes are also based on Sama-Bajau and other Muslim traditions in the Philippines, while its dances and movements come from the Sama-Baju igal dance, suitably rendered “to meet the exigencies of theatrical production.

The dance is drawn from the igal, a dance tradition of the Sama in South Ubian and Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, and taught to the cast by indigenous artists from these places. The music draws from several Philippine indigenous musical traditions yet anchored in the kulintangan rhythms of the Sulu archipelago.

“Let us show our support by purchasing tickets for the performance,” said Masidi Manjun, minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, during a courtesy call recently from the production team.

Sintang Dalisay is produced by Tanghalang Ateneo de Manila University and director by Professor Ricardo Abad.

The performance text was written Sintang Dalisay, a play whose choreography was done by Professor MCM Santamaria of the UP Asian Center, won the Silver Medal for Production at the 3rd International Experimental Theatre Festival, which was held from 12 to 19 November 2016, Hanoi, Viet Nam.

Sintang Dalisay (True Love) is organised by Rimbunan Warisan in collaboration with Ministry Of Tourism, Culture and Environment JKKNS, Department of Sabah Museum.

Admission is ticketed with RM50 and RM30, while children below 12 years old free admission. Tickets may be bought at the following information

Please contact Rimbunan Warisan at – 012-7240628 / 011-15308366 / E: [email protected]