I guess this picture still fit this weeks’s post: it has the year of the Dragon element. It was taken last year during the opening of Bintan Cultural Festival as one of the giant kites props. And guess what… soon the 2012 Bintan Cultural Festival will be here!
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All black costumes (except for the batik sarongs). Big red eyes. And hints of red elsewhere: on the costumes and head covers. Those big white ropes? Those are their main weapons. And be very careful, for they possess dark magic. These are the devils of Reog Ponorogo, a traditional East Javanese dance from the regent of Ponorogo.
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I was expecting a more representable background, but this was the only one available, at that point in time. (grin)
Out of nowhere, 5 guys with turbans came rushing to the stage in our Bintan Resorts Bintan Cultural Festival opening ceremony two week ago. I thought 1001 nights came to live here in Bintan Resorts. But no, it wasn’t the Persians; it was the Indians with their Bollywood style dance. It was a dance from Bhangra, Punjab, North India, performed by authentic Indian guys who are studying in one of Bintan Resorts Academy. And boy they were good: so much energy, so full of smile, and oooh… those noses were so terribly sharp!
They steal the show: hands were clapping, crowds were dancing on their seats, and a lot of scream! WHOOOHOOO!!! Acha! Acha!
Oh yes, I’m still in Bintan Cultural Festival. And this one is from Sulawesi. As the night set in, and the lighting was not helping, I needed to push the ISO up to 3200 to get the shutter speed I wanted!
Two bird dances took part in Bintan Cultural Festival 2011. Above: the Javanese Merak (peacock) dance. Below: Cendrawasih (bird of paradise) dance from Bali. Both imitate beautiful birds, both very popular in their respective lands. Somehow the Balinese dance has more character: the movements were flowing from the feet up to the head (including eyes), and tips of the fingers. And the two birds were dancing in harmony, in majesty.
While this Central java version of Merak dance depicts movement of a peacock, the Cendrawasih dance tells story about birds of paradise during their mating season. Cendrawasih dance was created in 1987 for Walter Spies Foundation Festival in Ubud, Bali, a year later. Although it follows the basic Balinese movements, N.L.N. Swasthi Bandem Wijaya, the choreographer and fashion designer of the dance, adapted several steps according to her interpretation in an attempt to find new forms of dance movement.
A quick note: The first two were part of the Sekapur Sirih in my previous post, called Rampak Dance. The latter two were dance from Aceh region. Yes, you guessed it, they were not that special in my opinion, hence the lack of comments from me. <grin>