Monday, 21 May 2012

A little night music

Earlier this month, I received a charming invitation from Galuh, one of the support staff here in Jakarta, to attend a performance by the Dedy Lutan Dance Company. Both Galuh's parents are involved with the company, which was established in 1990.

The performance was in two parts: a traditional dance from west Sumbawa, followed by a more contemporary interpretation of traditional dance. It was a wonderful evening, and I felt very privileged to meet Galuh's parent, as well as the company's choreographer.

Traditional musicians

Immediately after the performance, the company went on a short tour of Vietnam, performing in Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Long, Dong Nai and Pinh Buch. I really hope that they make it out to Australia. It would be lovely to see Galuh and her family when I am back in my 'normal' life, and I know many of my friends would enjoy the evening and be as impressed as we were by the standard of the dancing.

Only a short time after that performance, I got the chance to see a little more traditional dance, albeit in a more touristy venue. 

'Lara Djonggrang' is Lonely Planet's tip for restaurants in central Jakarta. Sadly my photos don't do it justice, but it is fun, colourful, and filled with an eclectic collection of art and handicrafts from all over Indonesia, and beyond.

Follow that man - he has our cocktails!

A new addition to my 'objects of desire' list.  There were 5 or 6 or these magnificent lanterns hanging from a venerable banyan tree that formed a canopy over the outside dance performance.  They were huge - about 3 ft high - so I foresee significant problems, once again, sneaking one through as hand luggage.


  1. What an honor to be present at this performance...Have a wonderful week!

  2. gosh that dancing performance looks wonderful. That will stay in your soul and you will be able to remember it for years to come.

  3. What an amazing experience! I wish were there, too!



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