Photo credit: Cheryl Hoffmann

Photo credit: Cheryl Hoffmann

 

BORIA (PENANG)

Boria is an intrinsically diverse and versatile theatrical tradition that easily embraces contemporary cultural trends while staying true to its essential form. Popular among the Malay and Jawi Peranakan communities of Penang, the Boria combines elements of drama and comedy, singing, dancing and verse to create a vibrant, festive mood for performers and audience alike. Unlikely cultural influences converge in the boria — from the Persian passion play of ta’ziyeh, cavalry marches, Malay pantun and joget to Latin and Bollywood rhythms.

 Photo credit: Cheryl Hoffmann

Photo credit: Cheryl Hoffmann