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.
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.
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