bhumiMATA is a multidisciplinary production incorporating elements of classical, ritualistic, and contemporary dance forms to uncover and embody the woman’s voice across generations. Featuring community, pre-professional, and professional dancers, bhumiMATA takes audiences on an exploration of cross-cultural and intergenerational exchange to interrogate and reintroduce concepts of femininity, our relationship with nature, and the hidden and neglected narratives of women. Experimenting with varied bodies and rhythms, bhumiMATA, or mother earth, tethers culture, tradition, and heritage to explore themes of survival, protection, spirituality, and sacrifice through the female lens; a journey into the soul and spirit of a woman through the ages.
Aida Redza is one of Malaysia’s leading contemporary dancers and choreographers. She is also the founder of WindRiver Productions, the artistic principal of Studio Pentas, and a member of Ombak-Ombak ARTStudio. Renowned for creating multimedia performances, Aida’s notable works include Seruan Nadi – The Battle Cry of a Dying River (2021), Semangat – Restu Padi (2020), and Reclaim (2019).
Aida has toured worldwide and has performed in various esteemed arts platforms, including the Ansan Street Arts Festival, South Korea, and the 59th International Venice Art Biennale. Aida has a strong commitment to international creative collaboration and continues to foster active international artistic partnerships and exchanges.
Aida continues to evolve as a socially engaged artist committed to creating performances that are inclusive and collaborative, situated between art and the every day, to raise awareness and advocate for the causes she believes in.
In 2018 Aida was named Kakiseni’s Gamechanger at the 15th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards.
Kausalyaa is a Penang-based performer, choreographer, visual artist and drama educator. She is also the founder and managing director of SMARIN, a home studio where she documents professional creative visuals. Her creative processes involve a balance of polar opposite approaches; she plays with and against these expectations through her movements to challenge the boundaries of photography – to explore the depth of compositions and storytelling.
Kausalyaa’s recent collaborative community projects with Arts-Ed facilitate Classical Indian dance forms and visual artistry, ensuring continuous improvements while striving towards cross-pollination. She is continuing her journey in contemporary dance under the direction of Aida Redza, as well as performing with Euphoria Penang Modern Dance Ensemble. Kausalyaa is a The Temple of Fine Arts Malaysia graduate majoring in Bharathanatyam.
With over two decades of experience in dance and performance, Luvenia Kalia has had a fulfilling, independent career as a multidisciplinary artist. With movement as her primary art form, she has extended her range and role as a choreographer, producer, and performer through her involvement in local and international arts productions. Some of Luvenia’s recent works include the SKIN, Cloudliness, and Pencak Mirage, the latter two integrating XR and audio-visual elements into the performance.
Luvenia is currently the Arts and Culture Producer at Maitree House, an immersive storytelling XR company based in Australia and Asia. She is also a community-based arts facilitator with Arts-ED. Luvenia holds a Diploma in Dance from Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a concentration in Performance and Choreography from Slippery Rock University, USA.
Tin Swee Lee
Por Eu Tee
Mumtaz Begum Backer
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