In the event of the 2016 Indonesian Dance Festival, IDF Academy, one of the divisions in the Indonesian Dance Festival, is planning to hold three workshops. One of them is intended for young dancers who are aspiring to become professional dancers, especially in the field of contemporary dance. The Dance workshop will be held in the Kaldera Forest, Bogor, West Java on May 1st-7th, 2016. The dance workshop will try to meet the current demands in the contemporary dancing field.
The workshop emphasizes on two important elements of dancing, which include dance techniques and dancing techniques. Dance techniques are related to the dancer’s ability in mastering certain movement techniques and types. It includes ballet, Javanese traditional dances, Minang traditional dances, modern dance, etc. Meanwhile, dancing techniques teach dancers to master body intelligence and personal maturity. These abilities will become the foundation of their stage presence. Dancers will also be able to accentuate themselves when they are dancing in various contexts. In the local discourse and context, this quality is what is often described in more abstract terms, such as ‘rasa‘,‘taksu‘ or ‘greget’.
IDF Academy realises that the demands of dancers in contemporary dancing scene have been more complex, which are caused by the various approaches and choreographic experiments from choreographers. Often, dancers are asked to actively interpret an abstract concept from the choreographer or to give ideas as a part of a creative process, which then enables a collaborative, and not didactic, process. Dance concept, therefore, is an important element in contemporary choreography.
IDF’s Dance Workshop is designed to give an opportunity to young dancers to enrich themselves with dancing techniques. It is expected that young dancers can master relevant dancing techniques to meet the artistic demands in a more experimental contemporary dance field.
Four trainers—two international trainers and two local trainers—have been chosen carefully by the IDF Academy. These four experts are going to provide materials and knowledge intensively for the 15 selected dancers during the 6-day workshop. The workshop will be held in Kaldera Forest, Bogor—a serene and inspiring location. The workshop is designed as such so that the trainers and participating dancers can work together in the same place and enable a more organic communication between them.
For this workshop, IDF Academy invites Suprapto Suryodarmo (Indonesia), Benny Krisnawardi (Indonesia), Ramli Ibrahim (Malaysia) and Su Wen-Chi (Taiwan) as the trainers. These are four familiar names in Indonesian and international dancing scene. Suprapto Suryodarmo pioneered the Joged Amerta approach. This technique influenced European dancing scene since the 80s and he has given workshops in various countries for the past three decades. Benny Krisnawardi is one of the collaborators to the late choreographer Gusmiati Suid in formulating Indonesian dance moves that later would be recognised as the Gumarang Sakti moves. This style has been used as the base of much contemporary choreography in Indonesia. Before joining the Gumarang Sakti in the 80s, Benny had studied the Minangkabau traditional martial art, pencak silat.
The two other trainers are Ramli Ibrahim (Malaysia) and Su Wen-Chi (Taiwan). Ramli is a famous Malaysian dancer. He studied ballet and Malaysian traditional dances when he was young and later he intensively studied Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of Deba Prasad Das. In 1983, Ramli founded Sutra Dance Theatre. Meanwhile, Su Wen-Chi is not only known as a choreographer, but also as a new media artist. In 2005, he founded YiLab in Taiwan—an experimental group which is made of new media artists and performance artists, working together in integrating new technologies and finding new performance formats.
For the Dance Workshop, IDF Academy will select 15 potential young dancers with the age ranging from 20-30 years old. The dancers must master one or more dance techniques, have performed contemporary dances or have performed non-contemporary dances but are willing to work together with contemporary choreographers. It is expected that the workshop will help Indonesian dancers in increasing their abilities and answering the demands of the development in contemporary dance scene.***