An annual summer tradition, Dancing at Dusk brings families and those who simply like to experience joyful sounds together on Caramoor’s spacious Friends Field. Learn about, and dance to, tunes from around the globe, enjoy family-friendly food & drink, and take in the rollicking fun of music that moves you!
This week, we dance to Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage, a group bringing movement, song, and storytelling from the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and South Thailand! Through exhilarating, high-energy performances, Kinding Sindaw’s dancers infuse traditional stories with bursts of color, begging the young and young-at-heart to leave their seats and move their feet. With authentic Filipino instruments in tow such as the kulintang or gamelan (a tuned bronze kettle drum set), hanging gongs, and the dabakan (cylindrical drums), little ones are sure to be delighted.
“Polyrythmic! Murmurous! You thought of an island, standing by the shore and hearing ancestral voices in the breeze.” – The Village Voice
5:00pm – 5:30pm Crafts
5:30pm – 6:30pm Performance
6:30pm – 7:00pm Meet & Greet with Audience
Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage
Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage brings the audiences to travel to the ancestral Philippines through dances, *Kulntang music and silat martial art that are excerpts from legends, epics and myths.
The dances of Kinding Sindaw originate from the royal court dances of the Maranao, Maguindanao and Taosug Sultanates- a repertory of the sacred, classic, and secular combining grace and vigor, dances that directly reflect their rich natural environment. Dancers imitate the graceful movements of birds, fish, butterflies, rivers, streams, and ocean trekking boats, celebrate fertility in vigorous choreography, sway delicately using colorful fans and scarves, and dramatically inspire through the martial art of silat.
The musical accompaniment is performed on a variety of percussion instruments, including the kulintang, a tuned bronze kettle drum set. A variety of hanging gongs which include the bossed agong and the unbossed gandingan and bababdir, and the dabakan, a cylindrical drums. These instruments are played as an ensemble and were prototypes for the instruments of the gamelan ensembles of Java and Bali. Other instruments of the Mindanao cultures include the saluray- a polychordal bamboo tube zither, the kudlung- a two-stringed lute, and kubing- a bamboo jaws harp.
Founded by Potri Ranka Manis, Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage is a non for profit organization based in New York City. For 24 years, Kinding Sindaw has performed, conducted workshops and storytelling all over New York, USA.