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Boosting KK fledgling performing arts with Le Corsaire ballet performance

4th August, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: Staging of a full-length ballet production of Le Corsaire for the first time in many years will help boost the fledgling performing arts in Kota Kinabalu, Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew said.

She said the KK community, especially ballet dancers, dancing enthusiasts and fans, should not miss this spectacular performance being organised by the IEC Heart for the Arts Foundation.

‘Must-See’ Le Corsaire is based on a pirate’s tale, an adventurous love story between a skilful pirate and an innocent and beautiful harem girl.

The endeavour is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, and Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (SPArKS).

“Performing arts is slowly but surely gaining momentum in Sabah. We need more creative events of this nature to spice up life in the State capital,” said Liew during a courtesy call on her by the Patron for the Ballet Show, Datuk Adeline Leong who is a former Head of the Malaysian Mission to Taiwan, and executive producer of the show, Jasmine Leong.

Liew, who is also Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, commended the IEC’s Heart for the Arts Foundation for taking the initiative in collaboration with City Ballet Performing Arts, Kuala Lumpur.

She will grace the show which begins at 8pm on August 24 (Friday), followed by two other shows at 2pm and 8pm on August 25 (Saturday), at the JKKN Sabah Complex in Penampang.

The Foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of IEC to collaborate, produce and organise arts projects to benefit the community. IEC is a Centre for English Language and Further Studies Consultancy based here.

Liew urged parents to take their children to the rare show which promises to be a great source of entertainment, relaxation and inspiration for young and old alike.

“I am sure school-going children will enjoy and be inspired to take up ballet as a pastime or co-curricular activity,” she said.

Briefing the Minister on the objectives of IEC’s Heart for the Arts Foundation, Jasmine said these are to provide a platform for performing arts in Sabah to grow and develop; to create opportunities for social and educational development through participation in the arts; and to raise awareness of the importance of the performing arts in the growth and sustainability of a community.

“Le Corsaire is the Foundation’s inaugural project as part of the KK Arts Festival,” she said.

According to her, the show will feature professional ballerinas and male ballet dancers from Malaysia and the Philippines, apart from 50 of Kota Kinabalu’s own ballerinas.

Also present was the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datu Rosmadi Datu Sulai.

Tickets priced at RM100 and RM50 are available from IEC (Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm). Call 088-212939 or book online at http://iecenglishcentre.com/lecorsairekk2018.

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