Tuesday, September 12, 2017



Traditional Myanmar music is played without notes. The orchestra leader plays the drums with his fingers while seated within the circular frame hung with 21 small drums. The gong circle is in a smaller, lower frame. There is the oboe as a wind instrument, and tiny cymbals and bamboo clappers keep the tempo. The biggest drum is hung from a golden, decorated frame topped with the mythical creature, the Pyinsa Rupa. Solo instruments are the xylophone with bamboo slats, and the elegantly curved and tasseled Myanmar harp.


Myanmar choreography is series of movements gracefully flowing from one step to the other with slight pauses in between, when the pose is rigidly held for a few seconds. The pace can be fast or slow according to the type of dance. The criteria are that human should dance as if they were marionettes and marionettes, as if they were humans.


Zat is the traditional Myanmar dance-drama led by a male dancer. A large number of pretty female dancers will make up the corps de ballet, dancing ducts in turn with the leading man. The repertoire includes a classical play, comic sketches, a musical interlude called AwpairRa (opera), and a modern play. The show ends at dawn.


Anyeint is a dance troupe led by female dancer. The principal dancer comes on stage last after three or four of her protégés have taken their turn with their own style of dancing and their own songs. The danseuse is usually accompanied by four comics dressed in jackets, large checked waist-garments and wrap around turbans. The dancing is quick and lively. The program lasts from about 7pm to midnight.

Credit: Ma Thanegi (My Magical Myanmar)

Myanmar Traditional Dance
Myanmar Orchestra

ZAT Performance

Part of a ZAT Performance

ZAT Performance

Myanmar Orchestra Musicians



ANYEINT Performance

Myanmar Marionettes

Myanmar Marionettes

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