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Namarina to celebrate anniversary with ballet, traditional dance performances

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, December 3, 2016  /  07:23 am
Namarina to celebrate anniversary with ballet, traditional dance performances

Namarina Youth Dance performers rehearse prior to a gala evening performance entitled PADU as part of Namarina's 60th anniversary, at Teater Jakarta in Taman Ismail Marzuki, Central Jakarta, on Dec. 1. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, ballet, jazz and fitness institution Namarina is set to present a gala evening combining ballet with elements of traditional dance at Teater Jakarta in Taman Ismail Marzuki, Central Jakarta, on Saturday.

The evening performance, named PADU, will be presented by semi-professional dance company Namarina Youth Dance and will consist of two sections. The first section will narrate the institution's short history combined with multimedia and will comprise rechoreographed versions of Namarina’s past productions, such as from the 1960s and 1980s.

“There will be performances of what mainly describes Namarina: ballet, jazz and fitness,” said the institution's jazz department director Dinar Karina. “At the end, there will be 100 children to symbolize the new generation of Namarina. They will dance and perform a special theme song for our 60th anniversary.”

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The gala evening is also slated to feature performances by Namarina alumni and dancers, such as Karina Salim, Tessa Kaunang, Inez Tagor and Christabel Grace Marbun.(JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

The second section will feature two performances: Tradikal, choreographed by Dinar, and Jalin, choreographed by Namarina’s ballet department director Sussi Anddri. 

“In Tradikal, [the performance] is still based on both classic and modern ballet, merged with elements of Indonesian traditional dance,” said Dinar. This amalgamation is Namarina's way of finding the uniqueness of ballet from Indonesia. 

“We’ve learned about classic ballet from the West since childhood and it is good as a basis, but we also want to have our own identity, using ballet as our foundation. We always try to mix Indonesian culture with ballet because it can help enrich both ballet and Indonesian traditional dance.”

Meanwhile, Jalin embraces the philosophy of tenun (woven fabric) and the meaning behind it. “It is like making tenun with [a certain] technique. It symbolizes unity and collaboration,” said Sussi. The performance will also portray how Namarina has developed up to the present, although the institution started with only a few students.

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Little ballerinas practice during the rehearsal.(JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

The Jakarta Post had the opportunity to view the second section of PADU where Namarina Youth Dance presented an energetic show while wearing spectacular costumes.

The gala evening is also slated to feature performances by Namarina alumni and dancers, such as Karina Salim, Tessa Kaunang, Inez Tagor and Christabel Grace Marbun.

“This year’s theme, ‘Share to Grow Together’, means we want to share our experiences at Namarina from these past 60 years with fitness enthusiasts, artists and the public through events that we have held,” said Namarina principal and artistic director Maya Tamara.

In addition to ballet performances, the event will host a competition, workshop, showcase, open class, seminar and the launch of a book entitled Share to Grow Together: Dahulu, Kini & Nanti (past, present, future).

“The book is [more of a] pictorial book; it doesn't have too many stories, but it brings messages of why Namarina has existed for 60 years,” said Maya. (kes)

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