DATIN AZANIN DATO’ AHMAD AMN, SMK, AMP.
THE EARLY YEARS
Cradled in a ‘kain tenun’, a child absorbed ancestral-traditions through her great-grandmother. The gentle hands of Opah Wan Som instilled a steady rhythm that is the heartbeat of dance. At Jalan Pandak Akat, Batu Gajah, Perak, the soul of generations of classical dancers flowed and became the pulse of Azanin Ahmad, Malaysia’s internationally celebrated classical dancer and choreographer. Azanin Ahmad was culturally schooled by great-grandmothers and grandmothers. Rhythm, music, song, dance, legends and history are her life-blood. Azanin transformed these pulses into a majestic presence through sheer artistry.
In her capacity as Artistic Director, Azanin has devoted much of her energy to researching the classical art forms and the performing arts of Southeast Asia and has presented original and masterpieces of dance theatre productions based on the results of her study. After obtaining an Economics Degree from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, she returned to Malaysia in the late seventies to embark deeply into the study of the great cultural heritage of the region with the desire of preserving, nurturing, developing and promoting our historical and cultural experience.