School of Creative

Khairunnisa Binte Amran

Khairunnisa Binte Amran

BA(Hons) Arts Management
2018 — 2021

As an arts management graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts, Nisa has prior experience in production management as well as outreach and activation. She is keen to be more involved in the production of the arts for the community, to better connect to culture and heritage through the arts.

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Thesis abstract

Exploring the contestations of tradition in Malay dance

The role of Malay dance as a way to transmit values and tradition of the Malay community over the years has significantly evolved with the effects of globalisation and modernisation. At the start of its practice, Malay dance was heavily influenced by the community and its practices, of folklore that has been passed down from generations before us, of the dance forms of the neighboring countries that make up the Nusantara and was brought into Singapore through its role of a trading hub due to globalisation in the 1900s. However, with rapid modernization, these subject matters may not be as relatable/relevant to the current generation and hence, defeats the purpose as a way to communicate our values and traditions to current audiences. In addition, the topic of tradition is also heavily contested due to the different types of understanding that a person may have of it. While Malay dance holds the traditions and values of the Malay community, it is also important to note that tradition in itself is constantly changing and evolving with the times.

This dissertation aims to analyse how two practitioners – Mdm Som Said and Mr Noramin Farid – have actively reinvented the traditional Malay dance through their companies, allowing the art form to continue to prevail through the modernisation of culture. In addition, the research also intends to understand the contestations of tradition from the perspectives of the two different practitioners and how their understanding of the concept of ‘tradition’ is included in their works.

Work experience

Sep – Dec 2020
Big 3 Media Pte Ltd
Producing Intern

Mar – July 2016
Dua M Pte Ltd
Assistant Producer