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Lion dance groups embrace diversity, teach inclusion

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 24 2020   /  12:50 am
The performer: Roni Yuono, a 32-year-old barongsai (lion dance) performer, poses next to a barongsai lion after a recent performance. He has been a barongsai performer for almost 16 years. (JP/Yunindita Prasidya)(lion dance) performer, poses next to a barongsai lion after a recent performance. He has been a barongsai performer for almost 16 years. (JP/Yunindita Prasidya)

The performer: Roni Yuono, a 32-year-old barongsai (lion dance) performer, poses next to a barongsai lion after a recent performance. He has been a barongsai performer for almost 16 years. (JP/Yunindita Prasidya)It started with a boisterous drumroll, followed by the “Crash!” and “Clang!” of cymbals. The sound of the loud percussion filled the mall, which became the entryway for a barongsai (lion dance) performance that evening.It was part of the Chinese New Year celebration, also known as Imlek, which falls on Saturday.Hundreds of people had gathered around a makeshift stage on the ground floor of the Pondok Indah Mall 2 in South Jakarta on Wednesday, waiting for the performance to start, while others were watching from the floors above. The barongsai team that day was a group of 12, half of whom played the lion while the other half accompanied the performance with musical instru...