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Alfira O’Sullivan: Dancing her way home and beyond

  • Dina Indrasafitri

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 15 2013   /  02:21 pm

Alfira O’Sullivan. (JP/Dina Indrasafitri) Australian dancer Alfira O’Sullivan’s love for Indonesian dance has led her to share her moves with audiences across the world, from cosmopolitan Sydney to war-torn Palestine.

The founder of Sydney-based Suara Indonesia dance group has performed in local and international festivals and collaborated with a number of noted artists such as puppeteer Slamet Gundono.

Alfira also performs with the dance group in Australian schools to help students get better acquainted with Indonesia’s cultural heritage. Her workshops often go beyond borders, such as when she taught dances in a refugee camps in Palestine three years ago.

Her passion and curiosity for dance has been fueled partly due to her feeling like an outsider, as an Australian of Indonesian and Irish heritage. When among Indonesians, she is often considered a bule (w...