Through the Potential Young Choreographers initiative at IDF, dialogues and exchanges are facilitated through the presence of participating choreographers in all performances, discussions, and workshops. The program is to enable exchanges of knowledge in dance practice and cultural experience, so that we can see clearer, respect each other, and learn deeper about Indonesia’s diversity. Through organic, intimate, and inspirational connections, we are able to collaborate in nurturing the development of the Indonesian dance ecosystem – one that is healthy, progressive, inclusive, and gender-equal.
The Potential Young Choreographers was initially designed for Indonesian choreographers who are young in age, an effort to answer the need within the community to map choreographers from across Indonesia on the national and global dance constellation. The mapping can be done when these emerging choreographers get the opportunity to watch each other, hold dialogues, and network with one another. To fulfill this role, IDF as a dance platform that supports the works of its community members must be connected to the dance practices of those from diverse Indonesian cultural backgrounds. In relation to that, the Potential Young Choreographers initiative has been modified to be more fluid in nature – by defining “young” in terms of creative period, connectedness, and being young at heart.