What is ARTIndonesia
ArtIndonesia is the second Indonesian art and cultural event in Belfast. This event aims to promote Indonesian culture in Northern Ireland. Initiated by the Indonesian Student Association, this program offers various cultural shows for you to enjoy.
What shows to be presented in ARTIndonesia ?
Zapin Muda Mudi Dance
Zapin is a Malay dance form that is also popular in Malaysia (especially in the state of Johor, Pahang and Selangor), in Indonesia, especially in Malay-populated provinces in Sumatera (Riau Province, Jambi province, Riau Islands Province, North Sumatera, and Bangka-Belitung Islands) and West Kalimantan, and in other Malay populated countries like Brunei Darussalam and Singapore. It is believed to have been introduced by Arab, Muslim missionaries from the Middle East in the fourteenth century.
In the old days, only males were allowed to perform; nowadays, female dancers are included. It used to be performed exclusively for religious ceremonies but through the years it has become a form of traditional entertainment, hence the participation of female dancers is allowed. The dancers usually perform in pairs and are accompanied by a traditional music ensemble which normally consists of the gambus, accordion, rebab, marwas (bongos), rebana (drum) and dok.
The dance is a traditional dance of Betawi ethnic from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. It is performed by men and women, symbiolising the relationship between both. ‘Kembang jatoh’ means ‘a dropped flower’, the dance describes how men tried to attract women by picking the dropped flower that was fallen from their head. Many indonesian women wear flower in their head as a symbol of beauty and graceful.
Kembang Jatoh Dance
Pangkur Sagu Dance
Pangkur sagu dance is originally came from Papua Island. It is a story-teller dance of people activities in daily basis such as the making of ‘sagu’ (sago) as a local food in Papua. The dance is also a symbol of togetherness, mutual cooperation and thankfulness. It was usually performed in the opening ceremony and other traditional agendas.
The dance is performed to welcome the guest in a ceremony or traditional agendas. It is a symbol of a pure heart and gratefulness of local people in welcoming the new people to their land. Many Indonesian believed that guest is a king whom they should have to treat them well. Therefore, the dance is usually performed in the very begining of traditional ceremony. It is a famous dance for people lived in Jambi and Riau Province.
Sekapur Sirih Dance
The Saman Dance is part of the culture heritage of the Gayo people in Aceh, Sumatra Island. Performers sitting on their heels or kneeling in tight rows. Each wears a black costume embroidered with colorful Gayo motifs symbolizing nature and noble values. Dancers clap their hands, slap their chest, thighs and the ground, click their fingers, and sway and twist their bodies and heads in time with the shifting rhythm - in unison or alternating with the moves of opposing dancers. These movements symbolize the daily lives of the Gayo people and their natural environment. The Saman Dance is performed to celebrate national and religious days.
Aster dance is an opening dance in many traditional ceremonies or agenda.It was Firstly introduced in West Papua. Young people will gather in the field or a large indoor/outdoor area to perform this dance together. The aim is to bring joy, happiness and spirit of togetherness among people.