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Jakarta Post

Didik Nini Thowok: Dancing is his life

  • Cynthia Webb


Jakarta   /   Tue, July 19 2011   /  07:00 am

JP/Cynthia WebbAfter a 35-year career as a professional dancer, 57-year-old Didik Nini Thowok is still a force to be reckoned with.

Frank Sinatra’s “I Did it My Way” could even be his theme song.

Didik has made cross-gender dance his specialty — in his own performances, in his choreography and through intensive study of the subject since 1990.

In 2004, his book on the subject, Cross Gender, was published by Sava Media.

His autobiography Menari Sampai Lahir Kembali (Dancing to Rebirth) was also published the same year. He hopes to have the book translated into English soon.

Didk’s fiftieth birthday was in 2004, and that same year he adopted a baby boy named Aditya. Aditya’s impoverished parents had been unable to provide for him and he is now growing up in an atmosphere of love and sufficiency, and is also privileged to be exposed to the a...