The performers take participants on a spectacular and highly-engaging cultural journey. Indonesia's diverse archipelago is explored; including dances from Sumatra, Bali and East & West Java.These include; Tari Melayu from Riau, Tari Bajidor Kahot from West Java, Tari Betawi from Jakarta, Tari Kreasi Baru (new choreography dances) from Java and Tari Topeng (mask dance). Teachers are encouraged to learn these dances with the students and incorporate them in class.
The sessions consist of 25mins performance of the various dances from around Indonesia, followed by 35mins interactive workshop, where all the students are involved, not only do they learn movements from the dances, but have the opportunity to shine through their own performance. The interactive part consists of;
Ratoh Duek sitting body percussion dances from Aceh. These dances encompass intricate pattern making with your hands accompanied by traditional devotional songs. Rhythms are made through clapping, hitting the upper body, legs and voice. The movements are communal, fun and rhythmically satisfying. These dances have become popular in Jakarta and overseas. Individuals feel like they belong within a group and through shared action the group feels like a community, creating self-esteem and confidence. Teachers are encouraged to learn these dances with the students and incorporate them in the class.
Duration: (45mins - 1 hour) or all-day workshops (3 x 50mins sessions)
- Encompass intricate pattern making with your hands accompanied by traditional devotional songs.
- Rhythms are made through clapping, hitting the upper body, legs and voice.
- Movements are communal, fun and rhythmically satisfying.
- Expert tuition from an experienced coach!
- Your enthusiasm!
Appropriate dance wear that won't restrict your movement!
Vendor since 2016
Suara Indonesia Dance Group presents an energetic mix of dance, body percussion and song unparalleled by any other performance group in Australia.
With a blend of traditional and contemporary influences from their Indonesian heritage and Australian upbringing, Suara Indonesia Dance Group brings liveliness, originality and all-engaging performances to the stage every time.
Artistic director Alfira O'Sullivan and choreographer Murtala preserve traditional and folkloric dances as well as creating new works based on traditional movements. This dynamic duos' traditional training has inspired the troupe to acknowledge the past as a way to comprehend and contribute to the present and future art form of dance.