by Nur Khalisah
The Malay Cultural Club brings back Dinamis just in time for Arts Fiesta 2014.
Dinamis made a fairy-tale return at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s annual Arts Fiesta recently.
After a two-year break for Dinamis, the Malay Cultural Club (MCC) staged the 120-minute musical at the Music Box on Nov 16. Titled Dinamis IV – Natrah: The World Is Full of Lies (Dunia Penuh Dengan Kepalsuan) , the musical was inspired by Maleficent, a recent dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg, and also an Indonesian play, The Miracles of Love (Keajaiban Sebuah Cinta).
Said Nor Rizal Ebrahim, 27, director of Dinamis and also an NP alumnus: “The reason I wrote a musical with a fairytale-like storyline is because other polytechnics have always been doing plays and musicals about family or social issues.”
Dinamis IV is about Natrah, a baby girl who is abandoned in a basket at a corner of a village. A villager adopts her and discovers that she is blind and ugly. Natrah is brought to the Queen who casts a spell to restore Natrah’s sight and making her beautiful. However, Natrah cannot fall in love with anyone. Thus, the villager keeps her at home, not allowing her to leave home or meet anyone.
When Natrah turns 20, her mother allows her to mingle with the villagers to stop their gossip about her. She falls in love with a prince and the spell is broken. Her mother turns into stone and Natrah looks for the Queen to release her mother from the spell. A twist in the plot reveals that the evil Queen is actually her biological mother.
Preparations for Dinamis took five months, involving more than 60 students from the Malay Cultural Club’s three different cultural groups – Sri Nadi, the drama group; Satria Sukma and Adiratna, the male and female dikir barat group; and also Cendekiawan, the debate group. External professional dancers and actors also helped train the students for the musical.
More than 300 people watched the musical.
Final-year Tourism & Resort Management student Fazlur Rahman bin Baderulzaman, 19, said: “It was a great thought-provoking production, with the cast pushing the boundaries of theatre to portray the meaning behind the story of Dinamis.”
CORRECTION: “She falls in love with a villager….” and “.XPDtari, the drama group; Paduka and Adiratna, the male and female dikir barat group…” has since been corrected to “She falls in love with a prince…” and “Sri Nadi, the drama group; Satria Sukma and Adiratna, the male and female dikir barat group…” as of this time of writing (26 January 2015, 10:40AM). We sincerely apologise for overlooking these factual errors.