Dance

DANCE

We perform a variety of dances from both the islands of Bali and Java that have a rich cultural and historical background. Aside from showcasing traditional Indonesian dance, Indonesian Dance of Illinois choreographs contemporary dances that blends traditional and modern movements. Listed below are a handful of the dances that we perform. Scroll through to learn more!

A contemporary dance choreographed by I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda inspired by the camaraderie of soldiers. The dance is comprised of strong movements. An unforgettable dance that depicts a legendary and mythical spirit. A known regional dance from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. This dance showcases the graceful and dynamic movements of bodies, hands, and feet. Originating from the island of Bali this dance is inspired by the endangered Cendrawasih bird, known as the Bird of Paradise. This dance depicts a strong king with his attendant. It is a classical solo mask dance from the 18th century A dance inspired by the movements found from the tribal dances in Kalimantan and choreographed by I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda. Tari Kipas or Fan dance is a dance that originates from the Gowa society in South Sulawesi. It is a dance that highlights graceful movements. A dance inspired by the flirtatious and vibrant movements of young ladies. This dance originates from the island of Java and is inspired by the courtship of young love as the gentleman tries to draw the lady for a kiss under the umbrella. A welcome dance that originated from the island of Bali. It is performed as an opening showcase during ceremonies, festivals, and events. A dance from West Sumatra and showcases the dancers’ graceful movements with plates in their hands. A Hindu epic that tells a traditional story between the character of Rama (the protagonist), Sinta, Lakshmana, Hanuman, Ravana, and many others. A well-known dance that originates from Aceh. This dance is recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Known as the “thousand-hand” dance, the performers use hand movements and oral song to display an amazing and unforgettable artistic showcase. Meaning masked dance, this dance originates from Bali. The performer for the dance is a master in displaying the emotions and movements that the mask portrays. There are many different types of masks that are used, for example Tari Topeng Keras (a mask that portrays strength and power) and Tari Topeng Tua (a mask that portrays the fragility yet beauty of old age).