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Indonesian troupe to perform Majapahit-inspired dance in India

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Jakarta  /  Fri, January 13, 2017  /  09:41 am
Indonesian troupe to perform Majapahit-inspired dance in India

Eksotika Karmawibhangga Indonesia (EKI Dance) performs a mini musical on stage. ( Indra Kahuripan)

Eksotika Karmawibhangga Indonesia (EKI Dance) is set to perform in the first Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) International Dance Festival on Jan. 15 in Hyderabad, India.

The dance troupe will present two dances, one of which is said to be inspired by Majapahit kingdom’s horsemen, Bhayangkara. “The dance’s title is Bala Turangga. It’s inspired by the glory and courage of stories of elite horsemen and horsewomen during the Majapahit kingdom era," one of the dancers, Siswanto Kodrata, told kompas.comadding that the troupe aimed to point out that men and women have long been considered equal in the represented culture.

Meanwhile, assistant choreographer Takako Leen said that the dance’s movement had been derived from Javanese dance enriched with a mysterious aura. The dancers will also wear traditional costumes of the Betawi and Minang cultures.

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Members of EKI Dance rehearse.(EKI Dance via

EKI Dance will also perform a dance called Kabaret Baliano, which combines contemporary and traditional dance. “The basics of Kabaret Baliano are a combination of Pendet Dance, Legong Dance and modern movement,” said Takako.

Production and program director of state-run broadcaster Radio Republic Indonesia (RRI) Soleman said that EKI Dance had wowed the audience during the 53rd ABU General Assembly and Associated Meetings in Bali last year. “Due to their amazing performance, Indonesia has been invited to perform in the dance festival,” he said, adding that RRI was one of ABU’s members aiming to promote Indonesian culture in the festival. (wir/kes)

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