Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sabana Grande

I recently participated in a dance choreography piece directed by contemporary choreographer Fitri Setyaningsih, titled Sabana Grande. The piece was developed over the span of three months, with intensive weekend rehearsals in Yogyakarta and Solo. Sabana Grande was inspired by Fitri's experience on a three-month residency in Venezuela, where she witnessed vast expanses of mountains dotted with rocks and cows, invoking a sense of solitude and sleep. Dancers included Retno Sayekti Lawu, Via Rahmatila,Yuni Wahyuning and traditional master dancer Rusini Sidi. The choreography was accompanied by live clarinet, bass guitar and electronic sound, composed by Nadias Rushendro and Bagus Triwayu Utomo. Sabana Grande was performed for the opening of Gedung Salihara on November 11th and 12th, 2008, in Jakarta.