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Tribute to a ballerina: Farida Oetoyo's love story unfolds on stage

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Thu, January 9, 2020  /  11:58 am
 Tribute to a ballerina: Farida Oetoyo's love story unfolds on stage

Tribute performance: Dancers in masks perform "Serdtse" (Heart in Russian). The contemporary ballet number was created by Farida Oetoyo. (Courtesy of Rumah Karya Sjuman/Extra Jose)

In the chill of the night, a young couple meets by fate after being alone for a while. There is joy in their next encounters but also sorrow. Nevertheless, the ballet dancer and the film student hold on to each other until the curtain closes. The contemporary ballet dance was choreographed by Arya Yudistira Sjuman to tell the story of his parents, prominent Indonesian ballerina Farida Oetoyo and filmmaker Sjuman Djaja, as they pursued their studies and career in Russia in the 1960s. “I talked to my mother’s friends and colleagues who knew about the story as well as my mother’s habits at that time to create the dance,” Yudistira said at the opening of the performance in Teater Besar of art and cultural center Taman Ismail Marzuki in Central Jakarta on Dec. 13. The dance, titled Dan Pertama Kalinya Bulan Purnama (And For the First Time, a Full Moon), was th...