Maksum Nur Fazan
Januari, hujan sehari-hari (In January, it rains every day). A lot of people are very familiar with this term. Some enjoy the rain, others do not. Rain helps water farms and is often a source of drinking water.
At the Mugidance Studio in Kartasura, Central Java, rain served as inspiration for the 2019 International Rain Festival on Jan. 12- 13. The event included numerous performances, including a contemporary dance, a Reog (a dance that demonstrates physical strength with dancers wearing an extravagant lion-peafowl mask and costumes) and a puppet show.
Several local and foreign artists took part in the festival, including Mbah Prapto from Surakarta in Central Java, Diane Butler of the United States, Nerisa of the Philippines, dalang (puppeteer) Agung Bimo, Otniel, Wagi Indriya and host Mugidance Junior.
The festival was held to express the people’s gratitude for the rain, as well as a means of communication with God, Butler said. [yan]