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History of ballet in Indonesia illuminated in ‘Historia’

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Thu, July 11, 2019  /  11:56 am
History of ballet in Indonesia illuminated in ‘Historia’

Communal: Marlupi Dance Academy‘s 'Rakjat' provides a more Indonesian take on dance compared to the previous performance of the 'Don Quixote Suite'. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

In a country with a rich tradition of dance, ballet is one of the art forms that have become a staple of Indonesian dance schools. With rigorous training that often starts when they are little, ballerinas are comparable in dedication to dancers specializing in the more traditional variants of the art. To celebrate Indonesia’s small but vibrant ballet scene, a non-profit foundation, Ballet.id, recently held an exhibition that highlighted the nation’s history of ballet, from its beginnings in the early 20th century to its present-day state. Held at the Gedung Kesenian Jakarta playhouse in Central Jakarta on July 7, “Historia: The Journey of Ballet in Indonesia” featured a modest exhibition of photographs, documents and clippings of articles on ballet in Indonesia, which began during a visit by Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova to Batavia on Feb. 21, 1929. T...