Music and Rites: Nat Pwe. Music and Dance in Spirit Worship in Yangon

The third event in the Music and Rites series – organised by the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies in collaboration with Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – features a whole troupe of Burman musicians and dancers. The group is made up of seven musicians (ensemble Academy Myanmar Pyi Kyauk Sein) and four medium- dancers. These artists already perform together in celebrating rituals (nat pwe) associated with the worship of local spirits (nat) in the city of Yangon (Rangoon) in Myanmar (Burma).

The aim of the event is thus to recreate a typical nat pwe, albeit on a reduced time scale.

Program of the event:

16 November h. 5.30 pm – CFZ-Cultural Flow Zone-Tesa 1
Public presentation by
Lorenzo Chiarofonte, PhD Soas, London
– M° Kyauk Sein and master of pat waing U Win Hlaing e Kyaw Win Naing
Introduction by Giovanni De Zorzi, DFBC Ca’ Foscari University, Venice
The musicians and dancers, coordinated by U Win Hlaing and Kyaw Win Hnaing, will communicate with the public, telling their professional activities in the city of Yangon and Burma.


17 November h. 6.30 pm – Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Sala degli Arazzi
Performance with musicians and dancers of Yangon

Academy Myanmar Pyi Kyauk Sein Ensemble:

MYANMAR PYI KYAUK SEIN, Director; AUNG ZAW LIN, dancer; HLAING BWA AUNG, dancer; KYAW WIN NAING, dancer; WIN HLAING, dancer; AUNG SOE, musician; HLA MYAING, musician; KYAW KYAW LIN, musician KYAW SAN LWIN, musician; MIN HAN, musician; ZAW WIN NAING, musician; ZIN MIN HTIKE, musician.

Free entry until all available space is taken


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