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THE CLASSICAL, HIP-HOP FUSION OF ‘HOPERA’

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 17 2019   /  02:26 am

Mirrored: Hopera blends classical Italian opera and contemporary dance.The performance of Italy’s E.sperimenti Dance Company of GDO would make one assume that Italians certainly have a way of conveying words through their body.Held recently at the Jakarta Playhouse (GKJ), E.sperimenti presented Hopera, a dance routine directly inspired by the classically Italian theater art of opera, particularly the vocal style of bel canto (beautiful singing), but combined with hip-hop culture.While the imagery conjured up by opera tends to be the female soprano belting out lyrics dramatically, E.sperimenti used the vocals to tell a story entirely through body language.Movements are nimble, energetic, at times hypnotic as the seven dancers move to arias from Italian opera composers, such as Giuseppe Verdi, Ruggero Leoncavallo and Gioacchino Rossini. Though the gestures speak of a modernity ...