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.
And ever since its first event, the Indonesian Dance Festival keeps on progressing from time to time. There have been changes in the event management, regenerations of dancers and choreographers, as well as innovations in the event programs to maintain the compatibility of the format and theme to the contemporary condition.
The Indonesian Dance Festival started as an annual event, then transformed into a biannual event in 1996 as the consequence of a growing number of international dancers performing at the event. The situation required us to organize a more well-prepared festival.