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Bournonville ballet takes root in Indonesia

  • Jackie Zhaojing Huang

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 19 2019   /  03:02 am
Strong yet subtle: Ballet students from Cicilia Ballet School and Ballet Sumber Cipta perform Bournonville ballet at the Teater Kecil in Jakarta back in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Fajar Kristianto)

Strong yet subtle: Ballet students from Cicilia Ballet School and Ballet Sumber Cipta perform Bournonville ballet at the Teater Kecil in Jakarta back in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Fajar Kristianto)For ballerina Wenny Halim, the seeds of her dream to popularize the Bournonville ballet tradition — a Danish national treasure — in Indonesia, have just started to sprout.Standing in a ballet studio in Pondok Pinang, Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta, the 38-year old Wenny, who is also the cofounder of the Mudamove dance troupe, ruthlessly scans a crowd of ballet dancers.The dancers were part of the August Bournonville Summer Academy in Jakarta, a one-week master class named after the 19th century Danish choreographer and ballet master.Wenny was looking for dancers with a strong yet supple plié. This means having the potential to achieve the illusory lightness of the Bournonville style, where ...