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Thousands take part in Jakarta's inclusive dance party

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 6, 2018   /   01:06 pm
Thousands take part in Jakarta's inclusive dance party Children perform a traditional dance at the 2018 Jakarta Dance Carnival at Taman Ismail Marzuki arts and cultural center in Central Jakarta on May 5. The annual event saw nearly 2,000 participants. (JP/Ivany Atina Arby)

Nearly 2,000 dancers from at least 120 dance communities across Jakarta showed off their skills on Saturday by participating in the much-anticipated Jakarta Dance Carnival, held annually at Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) arts and cultural center in Central Jakarta. 

One of the event’s initiators, renowned choreographer Hartati, said the event was an open platform for dancers, ranging from modern to traditional, to express themselves on one of the city's best stages. 

“Many dance communities haven’t had the opportunity to show their works to the public. So we’ve put on this event to allow them to do just that,” Hartati told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of the carnival.

She, in addition, urged the government to pay more attention to dance by, among others things, dedicating a day to Indonesian dance. (evi)