28–29 SEP 2018 8.45PM

Melati Sarawak


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Entry by minimum donation of RM80 (RM10 if student) at the door.



Melati Sarawak embodies the conflict existed in 1930’s when Gendang Melayu Sarawak was deemed as a social disease amongst younger generation.  The young and beautiful Aminah (Melati Sarawak) was always the subject of desire amongst the penandak (male dancers). Hence Harun, a young engineer fell head over heel for her.

But the strong current of contradiction, of tradition and religious believes stands as an absolute obstacle between them.

Expect various aspects of Sarawak’s Malay cultural legacies to be covered during this hour-long show, opening up new perspective of our Malay legacies and also of Sarawak interests, including:

Gendang Melayu Air, deemed as the origin of the modern version of Gendang Melayu Asli Sarawak. Performed only by male dancers, the movement of the dance is slow and bears the influence of Malay martial arts. Unfortunately, this unique culture is almost never heard about, even in Sarawak. Most of the performers have already pass away. To be able to witness the dance in Melati Sarawak is definitely an opportunity not to be missed.

Sarawak Malay folk songs (gurindam) are almost identical to the syair from Semenanjung (West Malaysia) but there is a twist in its melody that put the Sarawak gurindamunique in its own form. It also has the influence of syair rakis from Brunei.

Zapin Sebat is an old and intricate dance with various turns and twists that form its ten unique movements, performed only by female dancers.

Watch out for the costumes as well. The kebaya dress is popular among woman in the 1930’s. In Melati Sarawak the  ‘kebaya’ and also the ‘tudung keringkam’ (head scarf) are a unique form of fashion during the time. In Melati Sarawak, the kebaya is an essential part as this was the colour of the society at that time.


Studio Labu Sakti is a creative assemble established by Taksu Zacharia, a young energetic and experienced dramatist who have been in the local theater scene since the 90’s. SLS has been an influential creative force which witnessed the establishment producing a few significant productions since its inclusion as a registered society in 2014.

Studio Labu Sakti has always emphases on the development of performing arts and has been actively creating stage show everywhere in Kuching from the renowned ‘The Peoples’ Place, Kuching Waterfront to the well-known site of Borneo Convention Center Kuching (BCCK) and to the majestic and premier venue of Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak (DUNS)

In 2015, Studio Labu Sakti was the sole award recipient from Sarawak for the renowned PETRONAS Culture and Arts Grants amounting RM200,000 for the project namely ‘Conservation and Preservation of Bangsawan Melayu Sarawak –Bangsawan Raja Wan Torkan’ which has been successfully implemented on 14th -15th  June 2015 at Dewan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce, Kuching.

With all the previous success stories, our establishment sculpts a vision of becoming a dynamic and vibrant organization. With the formation of its Rumah Bangsawan SLS (Performing Arts Center) at Jalan Haji Taha, Kuching, the path of creative movement will give way to a more exciting ambience in our native theater scene.



INNOVATIVE– blending traditional and contemporary element into sensational showcase of SARAWAK MALAY finest cultural customs” Borneo Post

“By the look of it, Melati Sarawak shows promising potential to promote the struggle of conserving the deep-rooted Malay’s culture and propagate them within the modern society of digital Sarawak”Sarawak Tribune

“Just like eating laksa Sarawak, it’s is so riveting! MELATI SARAWAK represent the TRUEST Sarawak”Encik Badrulhisham Sharkawi (Semenanjung Tourist)

MELATI SARAWAK is a performance that opens up new hope for diminishing heritages to breath fresh air  in modern society,”Yusuf Fansuri 

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