The Indonesia Dance Festival (IDF), which follows the Singapore Arts Festival as one of the leading international dance festivals in Southeast Asia ran this year from June 1 to 9 at six venues around the capital city of Jakarta, with the Taman Ismail Marzuki as its main venue.
IDF is distinctive for its programming focused primarily on Southeast Asia and the rest of Asia. In recent years especially, there have been increasing efforts to present collaborative works bringing foreign artists together Indonesian and other Asian artists. An example is the opening work on this year’s program featuring Dutch choreographer Gerard Mosterd and one of Indonesia’s leading choreographers and dancers, Martinus Miroto with a production of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale
. Also, there are collaborative works Crack
created by Belgian choreographer Arco Renz working with Cambodian dancers and a work titled Nhieu Mat
created by the Berlin-based hip hop choreographers Raphael Hillebrand and Sebastien Ramirez working with Vietnamese dancers.
Also on the program are Finland’s Susanna Leinonen with a new work titled Blinded Mind
; the France-based Algerian artist Nacera Belaza’s Le temps scellé
; and from Japan Zan Yamashita
and KENTARO!! performs After raining, it will be sunny
Another highlight of the festival is the program of works by Indonesian choreographers. In addition to works by acclaimed choreographers such as Hartati and Fitri Setyaningsih there is showcase of works by young choreographers that have been chosen winners of the “Seeds of Wonder” competition now organized by IDF, providing an excellent opportunity to see what is happening on the Indonesian dance scene today.
What’s more, beginning this year there has been a new film program showing documentaries with now rare footage of the founders of contemporary Indonesian dance such as Bagong Kussudiardja and Sardono W. Kusumo. Here is another opportunity to see the present state of dance in Southeast Asia where people continue to explore the possibilities of interaction with tradition.
The program also includes an international seminar titled “Cross Culture and Urban Sphere” with participants including one of the central IDF members, Sal Murgiyanto, Daisuke Muto and Tang Fu Kuen and other academicians from Europe and Indonesia gathering to talk about the subject of arts values in today’s urban centers where traditional values collide with global values.
This is Indonesia’s largest international dance festival, held every other year since 1992. It was launched by the Jakarta Arts Institute and its concept is modeled after the American Dance Festival. Its program includes dance performances, and with a focus on research and education features foreign invited works, collaborative works by Indonesian choreographers with foreign artists, workshops and discussions. Under direction from the IDF board of members, Tang Fu Kuen (organizer, critic / Singapore) and Daisuke Muto (dance critic have been involved in the artistic board in curatorial roles since 2006 and 2008 respectively. As a result there are artists invited from Japan to participate in the festival almost every year, such as Min Tanaka, Mika Kurosawa, Kota Yamazaki, Osamu Jareo + Misako Terada, Takiko Iwabuchi and Co. Yamada Un. Under the curation of Daisuke Muto, participants from Japan have included Megumi Kamimura, Yukio Suzuki
and Natuko Tezuka in 2008 and contact Gonzo