Mella Jaarsma is a long time artist who uses various mediums to translate ideas about clothing or body covering traditions, some of which have been expanded into performance practices. The performativity aspect of Mella’s work becomes a temporary offer of a deep reading of objects and artifacts, but also shapes them in a new reality of space and time. By clashing artifacts and works, objects and performativity, conceptual and historical, Mella Jaarsma confronts us with situations that are out of the ordinary for the body and what we cover it with, presenting experiences that are between that of the real and the imaginary.
The Indonesian Dance Festival in collaboration with ROH holds an artist talk program to explore more in terms of performativity in Mella Jaarsma’s artistic practice.
Yacobus Ari R
In 2022, the Indonesian Dance Festival (IDF) reaches its 30th year, a milestone representing an established foundation and maturity. For the 30th anniversary, through the title “RASA: Beyond Bodies,” the IDF traces the steps that have been taken and speculates what will next benefit the development of Indonesian dance.