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Millennials in search of Indonesian ballet

Ananda Sukarlan

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, June 24, 2019  /  05:10 pm
Millennials in search of Indonesian ballet

Poise: After completing training in New York under American ballerina Gelsey Kirkland, Jemima Vaya joined the Melbourne City Ballet as an emerging artist. (JP/Martha Suherman )

Young, talented and packed with graceful moves. They are the young dancers who will shape the future of Indonesian ballet.  Ballet has always been regarded as a trained form of dancing that requires thousands hours of practice. It should not be misconstrued as a dance that’s just for the ladies. Some of the greatest ballet dancers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev were men who gave phenomenal performances time and again to audiences who were delighted and amazed to witness their strength, endurance, beauty and grace. The two were Russian, and indeed through them, as well as choreographers Diaghilev and Mikhail Fokin and also composers such as Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, Russia has become the epicenter of ballet. Russia’s impressive reputation in ballet has made most of us forget that the graceful dance originated in Italy in the 15th century and expande...