The Joget Malayu is a beautiful dance, quite fast yet graceful.the music is sonorous usually with the accordion as the main instrument. The dancers never touch, yet they convey a sense of flirting,longing and playfulness. Taken at the cultural village where I took the earlier photo.
Both photos were difficult to take under average lighting, limiting myself to 400ISO so as not to make the image grainy and as I followed the dancers the focus kept changing whilst I kept looking for a suitable composition.
"The Joget is the most popular traditional dance throughout Malaysia.
It is performed at cultural festivals, wedding celebrations and other social functions.
The Joget's origin has been traced back and associated with a Portuguese dance which was introduced to Malacca during the era of the spice trade.
The Joget is a couple dance and the tempo is fairly quick with the a feeling of teasing and playing between the partners.
In Malacca it is better known as Chakunchak.
This possibly refers to the rhythm of the movements of the feet in Joget where there is transference of weight to the beat 1& 2, rather similar to a ‘step ball change’ in Western dance.
This is sometimes called a ‘double step’.
A simplified version or sometimes referred to as the ‘single step’ includes the transfer of weight or ‘ball change’ but with just a tap of the second foot."
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ifege (9947) 2012-07-11 17:27
Well managed Klaudio in the difficult conditions - good sharpness,colour and facial expressions.
rbellemare (2109) 2012-07-11 19:11
You've produced a very nice picture. It sharpness and the beautiful colors make this picture great. Good framing.
serp2000 (35056) 2012-07-11 20:22
Good exposure, I know the accompanying problems of shot in a theater. Well done. Very informative note. TFS!
wolf38 (29666) 2012-07-11 22:02
Hello Klaudio. Here you have a beautiful and vibrant dance scene captured with your camera. I like the traditional dresses. The happy faces of the dancers are very likable. Well done. Informative text. Rgds, Wolfgang.
danos (80248) 2012-07-12 7:06
nice the snapshot with the two native dancers to take place in the Joget Malayu dance.I like the light and the colours of the image as the clarity and the facility of the dancers.
agjika (4319) 2012-07-15 3:52
People dance everywhere, in their own way but they do dnace! I love the moment you have capture here. The expressions on their faces says it all. Also the positoning of their feet is superb.
Thanks for sharing
abmdsudi (35250) 2012-07-18 21:58
Feast for the eyes! the vivid colors, vibrancy, sense of movements and the intensity and importantly the compostion is really good without distractions, and you've got the exposure right. These dancers are keeping alive the old ways through performing this traditional joget and costumes of the 50s beautifully dynamic and wonderfully vivacious picture. Being Malacca Mlay born myself, you have done me proud These traditional 'buju kurung' shown here are really authentic and original in design and not 'modernised', I still have few sets together with the 'kain songket' just like the one here worn by the male dancer. Lovely that she had given you eye contact because you had her attention there and good to see the movements, particularly the feet to give some atmosphere. This a happy ending shot full of energy :))
Well done and thank for sharing.
mirosu (10116) 2012-07-29 8:41
Excellent snapshot of this dancing couple. Pertfect low angle viewpoint and light. I like the vibrant colors, terrific lights and shadows, razor sharpness with superb details. Very well done.
mayjayne (2918) 2012-10-22 7:09
You have captured the 'right' moment of this dance; having learnt and did this joget dance during my schooldays, I can only confirm that this is the ideal posture and eye contact required ! The costumes further enhances this composition. Wonderful shot, and I hope that you gave it a go as well yourself while you were there !