Being the only Indonesian dance festival that survives for almost thirty years is our proud achievement, for the initiators and all parties who have participated in the Indonesian Dance Festival.
The achievement is resulted not only due to consistency, but also our endless efforts to evaluate, innovate, and communicate with time-to-time changes in the world of dance and general world.
“During 14 times of the event, 150 Indonesian choreographers, more than 90 choreographers from 23 countries, and many more artists, activists, academicians, producers, as well as promoters from various fields have contributed to give vibrant colors to the festival.”
Also during that period of time, some important milestones have been recorded; indicating the progress and development of the Indonesian Dance Festival.
The idea to hold a festival that serves as a place to accommodate the aspirations and works of Indonesian choreographers, especially the younger generation, was resulted from intense discussions among several dance stakeholders and academicians of Cikini school.
The Indonesian Dance Festival is first initiated by Sal Murgiyanto, Maria Darmaningsih, Nungki Kusumastuti, Ina M Suryadewi, Tom Ibnur, Deddy Lutan, as well as Sardono W. Kusumo, Julianti Parani and Farida Oetoyo as a substitute of Young Choreographers’ Week (Pekan Penata Tari Muda), an event held by the Jakarta Arts Council (Dewan Kesenian Jakarta) which had successfully promoted young choreographers from 1978 to 1985. A year later, on February 19th–22nd, 1992, the Indonesian Dance Festival was held for the first time.