Setting The Stage for A Splendid Year
Legends Come Alive to Song and Dance at 1 Mont Kiara
Mont Kiara, 18 January 2016 – It’s a scene most Malaysians recognise, be it from a live performance they’ve witnessed or an advertisement signaling the arrival of another auspicious Chinese New Year: the white foundation, the phoenix eyes, the elaborate headdress… an actress ready for the stage. She plays the obsequious bride, hiding behind her silk sleeves that drag along the floor, before bursting into a melancholic aria, despairing over her departure from her ancestral home. While the art form is an acquired taste for more contemporary audiences, none can deny its status as a living relic in Chinese culture, having survived for over a millennium. Thus, 1 Mont Kiara extols this vibrant and dramatic performance art this Chinese New Year with its “Orchestra of the Legends” campaign, while paying particular attention towards an indispensible feature of the opera—its music.
From every scratch of the head to the swing of the staff, the music’s timing is key to a smooth performance, and many can agree that the opera would be far less engaging without it. Thus, the “orchestra” component in the theme acknowledges the music players and oft-unseen efforts in elevating performance through sound. Just because the orchestra is not as visually prominent as the performers on stage does not make their role any less significant.
Incidentally, a philosophy 1 Mont Kiara would like to embrace and share with the community this Chinese New Year, where the team would like to remind everyone that no effort and no part is too small to make a difference, and that no good effort would ever go unrewarded.
As part of 1 Mont Kiara’s Chinese New Year campaign, there’ll be plenty activities that relate to the theme, including a Mask Changing Show (“Bian Lian”) on 31 January at 2pm, and a Mask Making Workshop on 7 February at 12pm. The highlight would be the Little Pearls of the Orient Contest on 30 January, where we invite girls aged 3 – 12 years to flaunt their most exquisite qi pao or cheongsam on stage.
Those who successfully manage to woo the judges will be crowned “The Little Pearl of the Orient” and walk away with exclusive prizes.
On 1 Mont Kiara’s festive redemption programme, shoppers who spend a minimum of RM400 will be able to redeem a Monkey Soft Toy, while those who spend at least RM188 (at any outlet except Village Grocer) can trade in their receipts for a set of Ang Pow Packets. Maybank cardholders can also redeem a pair of Cookie Jars with a minimum spend of RM500 in a maximum of two receipts using Maybank Cards. Additionally, free parking on weekends and public holidays will be available to shoppers who spend RM300 (or RM350 at Village Grocer) in a maximum of two receipts at any outlets.
The team at 1 Mont Kiara is extremely excited to celebrate one of the nation’s biggest cultural celebrations with the neighbouring expatriate community. As for local friends, it is hoped that the events and activities at 1 Mont Kiara will bring back fond memories of their hometown and family traditions at their home away from home.