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Scott Martin

Rimbun Dahan ( is the home of architect Hijjas Kasturi and his wife Angela. Set on fourteen acres outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the compound of Rimbun Dahan is a centre for developing traditional and contemporary art forms. It features buildings designed by Hijjas Kasturi, as well as a 19th century traditional Malay house, in an indigenous garden environment. Rimbun Dahan supports the development and conservation of both traditional and contemporary art forms, from visual arts to theatre, dance and music. The Dance Programme at Rimbun Dahan runs a number of activities throughout the year, including Dance Days, Dancing in Place, and the residency for choreographers. Rimbun Dahan provides resident choreographers with free self-contained accommodation and use of the dance studio, as well as cultural orientation, networking opportunities and limited production assistance for a final showing. Resident choreographers are required to find their own funding for airfare, transportation and living allowances during their stay. Of those who would apply to the Dance Programme, Director Bilqis Hijjas has this basic requirement: My greatest desire for the choreographers is that they should be interested and open to all the differences of living in Southeast Asia — sometimes baffling, often frustrating, but also incredibly enriching — and of working with Southeast Asian artists.  Submit inquiries to Bilqis Hijjas at