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Jakarta Post

Gerard Mosterd: Expressing identity through dance

  • Cynthia Webb


Yogyakarta   /   Wed, August 10 2011   /  07:00 am

Courtesy of Gerard MosterdGerard Mosterd was born in 1964 and grew up in Holland, the son of an Indonesian mother and a Dutch father.

Gerard is a dancer and choreographer and is currently in Indonesia presenting a contemporary dance performance entitled A Soldier’s Tale with a stellar cast – Eko Supriyanto, Martinus Miroto, Sri Qadariatin, (an actress and dancer from Teater Garasi in Yogyakarta) and Jamaluddin Latif as the story’s narrator.

Eko and Miroto starred together in Garin Nugroho’s film Opera Jawa and both are well known as dancers in Holland and other European countries.

A Soldier’s Tale was conceived in 1918 by Igor Stravinsky, who also composed the music. He collaborated with C. F. Ramuz to write the scenario.

The idea was to create a piece that would be adaptable to any cultural context and could be performed cheaply anywhere. It tell...