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Indonesia city Surakarta marks World Dance Day

Ganug Nugroho Adi The Jakarta Post Friday May 10, 2019

The Jaranan dance is performed by 5,000 students at the Sriwedari stadium on April 29, 2019. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

SURAKARTA, Indonesia – The 13th World Dance Day was marked by Solo Menari (Surakarta Dancing) on April 29 and 30 in Surakarta, Central Java. At the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Surakarta campus, around 6,000 dancers from different troupes and universities performed numerous dances.

The Mangkunegaran Court dancers perform the Golek Clunthang dance at the Pendapa (verandah) of ISI Surakarta. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi  /  Students await their turn to perform. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

Six dancers danced for 24 hours non-stop, performing 600 dances and accompanied by 191 dance troupes. The six dancers were Arbi Nuralamnsyah, Abib Igal, I Nyoman Agus Triyuda, Darmasti, Pulung Jati Rangga Muri and Sri Hadi.

With a hashtag of #GegaraMenari and a theme of “Urip Mawa Urup, Urip Hanguripi” (live with spirit, live to live), the 24-hour performance received a warm welcome from the audience, comprising people from Surakarta and visitors from other cities.

Griya Tari Widyarini from Jakarta performs the Raden Ronggo dance-drama during World Dance Day at the ISI Surakarta campus on April 29, 2019. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi / The Jakarta-based Purwakanthi community performs Bedhayan Sapta Hargo at the Big Theater of ISI Surakarta campus on April 29, 2019. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

The number of participating dancers doubled from 3,000 last year to 6,000 this year.

“Around 6,000 dancers – professionals, artists, students and dance troupes – took part this year. We also featured dances for children with disabilities who were trained by dance maestro Jonet Sri Kuncoro,” said organizer Eko “Pece” Supriyanto.


The Jenggirat dance studio from Banyuwangi, East Java, takes part in the World Dance Day celebration. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi / Celeng Art from Yogyakarta performs the “Momos & Querella” dance-drama. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

Solo Menari was supported by the Surakarta administration, which staged a mass Jaranan dance – a folk dance originating from East Java and usually performed by children with bamboo woven horses – which involved 5,000 elementary and junior high school students at the Sriwedari Stadium. The dance was recorded at the Indonesian Museum of Records (MURI) as the biggest-ever Jaranan dance. [yan]

From: THE JAKARTA POST (Indonesia) May 10, 2019

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