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Jakarta Post

‘Let Me Change Your Name’ Contrasting duality on identity, society

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 9 2018   /  03:26 am

South Korean choreographer Ahn Eun-me officially opened the 14th edition of the Indonesian Dance Festival (IDF) with her contemporary dance number called Let Me Change Your Name. Let Me Change Your Name — created in 2006 with performances around the globe ever since — is described as “questioning identity and the place of individuals in modern society” through contrasts and repetitions.The performance opens with six dancers wearing ankle-length black dresses swaying somberly to an electronic beat, almost in a funereal trance, exacerbated by the music’s vaguely shamanistic tune.The dancers’ movements are slow and graceful as they slither and walk across the stage in tandem, not unlike automatons repetitively going about their tasks.As the dancers exit the stage, a bright pink light flashes, and the six return, swapping out their black attire for brightly colored clothes while ...