“Two roads diverged in the woods and I took the path less traveled and that made all the difference” - Robert Frost 

“ If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run – yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it – and which is more – you’ll be a man, my son!” – Rudyard Kipling

“We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Inspired by these thoughts, Artistic Director Joseph Gonzales founded the Cross Roads Dance Ensemble in 1998. He embarked on the project with a specific set of objectives; primarily, through the medium of dance, to bring to attention the work of various charitable organizations, to highlight social issues while raising the level of professionalism in dance. The project received a most welcome boost during its formative stages when YAM Tengku Rahimah binti Al Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al Muktafi Billah Shah agreed to become Patron of the Cross Roads Dance Ensemble. In December 1998 the company’s first production, In Retrospect, engendered a donation of RM 10,000 to Persatuan Kebajikan Kanda-Dinda Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan. PUTERA - the Ensemble’s second major production that enabled a donation of RM 20,000 to The Montfort Boys Town besides receiving good reviews from both the audience and the critics. Performed ‘Jailed for a Joke’ at Actors Studio Box Theatre for Amnesty International Malaysia.

As well as its aim to raise the concerns and issues of injustice and the less fortunate,   Cross Roads Dance Ensemble has a set of artistic objectives. Through their work the company hopes to draw a greater audience to the theatre and create a greater appreciation of the performing arts. By providing a platform for both students and professionals of dance from all over the country to display their talents and abilities, Cross Roads endeavours to raise the profile of contemporary dance in Malaysia. And beyond this, to promote Malaysian contemporary dance abroad; by developing a uniquely Malaysian contemporary dance vocabulary, Cross Roads Dance Ensemble aims to place Malaysian dance firmly on the world stage.

We thank you for your support.

CROSS ROADS
115 Jalan 20/9
46300 Petaling Jaya
Director: Joseph Gonzales
e-mail:crossroads@dancemalaysia.com

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