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Jakarta Post

‘Sekala Niskala’ Dance transforms grief into expression of life

  • Sebastian Partogi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 27 2019   /  03:02 am

Chicken or egg?: Twins Tantri (left) and Tantra perform in chicken costumes. According to choreographer Ida Ayu Wayan Arya Satyani, the Sekala Niskala dance stays true to the film, which uses chickens and eggs as metaphors for the continuation of the life cycle.A dance adaptation of Kamila Andini’s critically acclaimed film Sekala Niskala (The Seen and Unseen) helps people contemplate how joy and sadness are deeply intertwined with one another.Without having experienced deep sadness, can people truly appreciate the meaning of joy? Does the death of a loved one mark the end of the mutual love we share, or is it merely marking the transition into a more transcendental connection?These questions, which make the central premise of Sekala Niskala (The Seen and Unseen), are brought to the fore in its recent dance-drama adaptation. The movie, directed by Kamila Andini, won the Grand...