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‘Kumolo Bumi’: Padneçwara dance company marks 43rd anniversary with love story

Muthi Achadiat Kautsar
Muthi Achadiat Kautsar

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, October 13, 2019  /  03:12 pm
  • A sequence from the Kumolo Bumi dance performance by Padneçwara dance company at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (the Jakarta Playhouse) on Oct. 11. The union of Kelaswara and Jayengrono enrages Adaninggar, leading to a battle between the fine warrior princesses, dubbed the gems, and their troops.

    A sequence from the Kumolo Bumi dance performance by Padneçwara dance company at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (the Jakarta Playhouse) on Oct. 11. The union of Kelaswara and Jayengrono enrages Adaninggar, leading to a battle between the fine warrior princesses, dubbed the gems, and their troops. OF Padneçwara/Fabianus Koesoemadinata

    A sequence from the Kumolo Bumi dance performance by Padneçwara dance company at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (the Jakarta Playhouse) on Oct. 11. The union of Kelaswara and Jayengrono enrages Adaninggar, leading to a battle between the fine warrior princesses, dubbed the gems, and their troops.

  • Veteran actress and dancer Nungki Kusumastuti (right) plays Adaninggar on the first day, kicking off the Kumolo Bumi dance performance at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (the Jakarta Playhouse) on Oct. 11, with an appearance alongside a group of female dancers that symbolize China.

    Veteran actress and dancer Nungki Kusumastuti (right) plays Adaninggar on the first day, kicking off the Kumolo Bumi dance performance at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (the Jakarta Playhouse) on Oct. 11, with an appearance alongside a group of female dancers that symbolize China. OF Padneçwara/Fabianus Koesoemadinata

    Veteran actress and dancer Nungki Kusumastuti (right) plays Adaninggar on the first day, kicking off the Kumolo Bumi dance performance at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (the Jakarta Playhouse) on Oct. 11, with an appearance alongside a group of female dancers that symbolize China.

  • The part of Kelaswara is played by choreographer Rury Nostalgia herself (second left) during the Kumolo Bumi dance performance staged at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (the Jakarta Playhouse) on Oct. 11.

    The part of Kelaswara is played by choreographer Rury Nostalgia herself (second left) during the Kumolo Bumi dance performance staged at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (the Jakarta Playhouse) on Oct. 11. OF Padneçwara/Fabianus Koesoemadinata

    The part of Kelaswara is played by choreographer Rury Nostalgia herself (second left) during the Kumolo Bumi dance performance staged at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (the Jakarta Playhouse) on Oct. 11.

  • Padneçwara’s dance performance, Kumolo Bumi, spirals to a climax as battle sequences take place at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (the Jakarta Playhouse) on Oct. 11.

    Padneçwara’s dance performance, Kumolo Bumi, spirals to a climax as battle sequences take place at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (the Jakarta Playhouse) on Oct. 11. OF Padneçwara/Fabianus Koesoemadinata

    Padneçwara’s dance performance, Kumolo Bumi, spirals to a climax as battle sequences take place at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (the Jakarta Playhouse) on Oct. 11.

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The Padneçwara dance company commemorated its 43rd anniversary with a performance of Kumolo Bumi on Oct. 11 and 12 at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (GKJ). Said to be the most recent and longest version of the namesake dance piece, the performance lasted about one and a half hours, but the masterful choreography left no room for the audience, at least myself, to yawn or steal screen time except to write a few notes and take photos. Kumolo Bumi (Gem of the Earth) is the work of choreographer Rury Nostalgia and is based on the Javanese literary work Menak Cina. Among the highlights of the book, linked all the way to an ancient Persian story, is the battle of two princesses: Adaninggar from China and Kelaswara from the kingdom of Kelan. Senior actress and dancer Nungki Kusumastuti was cast as Adaninggar on the first day, kicking off Kumolo Bumi with an appearance alongside a group ...