NusPARC Programs


I.  Education Program

  • NusPARC offers outreach to classes for  school-going children as well as to the public at large,  as the Center maintains a teaching and rehearsal studio for classes in the dance and music of Malaysia 
  • NusPARC supports and sponsors workshops, seminars and symposia that focus on traditional as well as newly-created arts genres by Southeast Asians.

  • Young scholars and especially advanced graduate students, artists, or organizations may apply for financial aid to attend a seminar, workshop, or symposium that is educational in nature.

  • A formal application process, reviewed by an independent screening committee, determines the recipients for financial awards.  Graduate students and others have been awarded stipends for attendance at symposia in 2010 and in 2012 where they have given paper presentations or performance demonstrations.

II.  Research Program

  • Financial aid in the form of scholarships/fellowships are offered to qualified graduate students and scholars to carry out research and documentation activities in all performing arts and related genres in the Southeast Asian region.

  • Documentation may take form in all kinds of media, including written records and electronic formats such as digital audio/video recordings.

  • Inclusion of all performing arts genres (music, dance and theater) is designed to encourage integrated and collaborative field research by scholars.  This aspect of the Research Program is reflected in the on-going research being carried out by the members of the NusPARC Board of Directors themselves who are engaged in individual and collaborative research projects in the Southeast Asian performing arts.

  • Candidates for financial support undergo a formal application process which is monitored by an independent screening committee of experts in the fields represented here.

  • A primary aim is to generate great variety of educational and informational publications.

III.  Publication Program

  • Financial support is awarded to qualified applicants for publication projects may include the preparation of manuscripts and the actual production costs for publishing a specific work.

  • Publications may be in all kinds of media, including printed monographs, articles, books, compact discs, digital video discs and online formats.

  • Scholars, artists and students at the graduate and post-graduate academic levels may apply for financial publication aid, with applications reviewed by an independent screening committee.

  • Reflecting its dedication to producing educational materials for academic or general purposes, to date NusPARC has produced two publications and has provided funding for editorial assistance in the production of a third work  (see below).  Other publication projects are in the planning stages.

 



Indra Utama, recipient of a NusPARC award in 2010, performing demonstrations of silat and silat-inspired dance movements at the 1st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore, June 2010.





  • See other Grantees in 2012 and beyond under PEOPLE - Grantees on this website.



IV. Curated Conferences

1st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia (PASEA), 11-13 June 2010, at Republic Polytechnic, Singapore; organized by ICTM, NusPARC and Republic Polytechnic.

2nd  Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia (PASEA), 14-19 June 2012, at the National Commission for Culture and Arts, Intramuros, Manila, The Philippines; organized by ICTM, NusPARC and the National Commission for Culture and Arts.

1st International Symposium on Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology (Program and Local Arrangements Committee), 27 September 2012, at the Institute of Graduate Studies of the University of Malaya; organized by the University of Malaya Cultural Centre.

Seminar on Rong Ngeng Music and Dance (Program Committee), 17 May 2014, at the Prince of Songkhla University, Trang Campus, Thailand; organized by the Department of Business Studies and Arts Management, Prince of Songkhla University, Trang Campus, Thailand.

International Conference on Dance Education 2014 (ICONDE 2014) (Program and Local Arrangement Committees), 13-17 August 2014, at the Experimental Theater of the University of Malaya; organized by The Dance Department, Cultural Centre, University of Malaya.

3rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia (PASEA), 14-20 June 2014, at the Institute Seni Indonesia (ISI Denpasar), Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia; organized by ICTM, NusPARC, and the Institute Seni Indonesia Denpasar, Bali.
 
Dialogue on "Budaya Igal dalam Pembentukan Identiti Bajau Semporna" (Igal Culture in the Development of Bajau Identity in Semporna), 24 April 2015, at the Tun Sakaran Museum, Semporna; organized by the Sabah Museum Department.

29th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology (Chair, Program Committee), 9-16 July 2016, at the Retzhof Castle, Leitring near Graz, Austria; organized by The Institute of Ethnomusicology, University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz (Kunstuniversitaet), Graz, Austria.

International Conference on Bajau-Sama' Diaspora & Maritime Southeast Asian Cultures (Curator & Convenor), April 2016, at the Tun Sakaran Museum, Semporna; organized by the Sabah Museum and the Kadazandusun Chair of the University Malaysia Sabah. 

2nd International Conference on Bajau-Sama' Diaspora & Maritime Southeast Asian Cultures (Curator & Convenor), 23-26 March 2017, at the Tun Sakaran Museum, Semporna; organized by the Sabah Museum and INSAN.

V. NusPARC Dance Company(NDC)

Background
Established in March 2017, NusPARC Dance Company (NDC) is an all-inclusive dance company under Nusantara Performing Arts Research Center. Based in Kuala Lumpur, NDC has a long-term vision to create a permanent, high calibre, traditional and contemporary dance company that will represent Malaysia nationally and internationally.

Our Vision
Founded by Malaysia’s respected performing arts scholar, Professor Dr. Mohd Anis Md Nor, the vision for NusPARC Dance Company is to be a hotbed of creative collaboration, a place to be artistically brave, existing to present compelling work that moves and inspires a dedicated and growing group of dance artists. NDC courageously embraces fresh thinking and a commitment to producing collaborative new works. NDC ultimately aims to create full-time opportunities for dancers and choreographers to encourage and engage dance audience.

Our Program
NDC has developed a Social Entrepreneurship Program. This offers university/college graduates and talented youth a unique opportunity to participate in dance classes, workshops and performances. We are committed to creating pathways to dance for Malaysia’s young population, with access to instruction and mentoring. NDC has performed for the DANCE XCHANGE: The Philippines International Dance Workshop and Festival in Isabela, Philippines (8th-11th May 2017) at the invitation of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA Philippines). Recently, NDC has also performed for the Dance in Proximity Conference and Festival, co-sponsored by World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific (WDAAP) and Taiwan Dance Research Society (10th -11th November 2017) at Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA), Taipei, Taiwan.

Photos of Yang Satu by NDC;  Dance in Proximity Conference and Festival, co-sponsored by World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific (WDAAP) and Taiwan Dance Research Society (10th -11th November 2017) at Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA), Taipei, Taiwan. Community Partner: Yayasan Hasanah.
Photos Credit: Jamie Wu.

VI. NusPARC Dance Classes and Social Entrepreneurship Program

NusPARC Education Program offers outreach dance classes for school-going children as well as to the public at large. The centre maintains a teaching and rehearsal studio for classes in dance and music of Malaysia. Through its support of class learning, this centre intends to promote the preservation—and especially—the nurturing of traditional and contemporary performing arts, including music, dance and theatre, providing educational materials for use in all levels of teaching and for the public at large.(For classes informations, please refer to this link: 

CENTER FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP 

NusPARC offers training in Social Entrepreneurship for graduates of Performing Arts schools & colleges in Malaysia. The objectives of Social Entrepreneurship in NusPARC are to provide:

1.     Awareness of Performing Arts as a practice of innovation and resourcefulness to address critical social-culture and business opportunities.

2.     Transforming systems and practices of Performing Arts including dance, music and theatre for sustainable entrepreneurship.

3.     Adopting a mission to create and sustain social and commercial value of the Performing Arts.

4.     Engaging in continuous innovation, adaptation and learning of Social Entrepreneurship in the Performing Arts industry.

METHODS

1.         Recruitment of college and university students of dance, music and theatre as entrepreneurs of profit sharing enterprise.

2.         Nurturing and providing the infrastructure and mentors/trainers to Social Entrepreneurs in the Performing Arts industry, specifically in traditional and contemporary dances of         Malaysia.

3.         Promoting innovative marketing orientation for Social Entrepreneurs to engage dance, music and theatre as creative industries.

4.         Create inbound and outbound dance classes for children, young adults and adults within the vicinity of Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Damansara and North Petaling Jaya.

5.         Deliver structured dance teaching and learning based on Proformas approved by the Center.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

LEARNING ACHIEVED BY THE END OF PROGRAM

KNOWLEDGE – SKILLS – ATTITUDES

 

Significant and essential learning outcomes.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Successful students will recognise learned repertoires from specific performance genres.
  • Cohorts of different age groups will recall teaching and learning methodologies acquired from classroom/studio experience as resource information.
  • Classroom/studio participants will be able to describe the essential knowledge of traditional or contemporary dance and music.
  • Teachers/instructors will comprehend performative skills required for Social Entrepreneurship activities.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to work in teams/groups.
  • Proficiency in the repertoires based on instruction/learning levels.
  • Collectively identify the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes required by dance students/practitioners/entrepreneurs in the subject area and/or given genres.

Instructional Objectives

  • Students/Participants/Social Entrepreneur candidates will be able to perform structured movement systems, different styles of performance, musicality, emotion and the context of dance forms within the background of classroom/studio experience.
  • Cultivate awareness and appreciation of Malaysian dance heritage as practice and/or vocation. 
  • Fostering social-cultural awareness and spirit of togetherness and tolerance in a multi-cultural society by recognising cultural diversity through dance.