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Monday, May 7, 2012

Indonesian Dance Performance in Ho Chi Minh City

One of the ways to strengthen the friendship of two countries is through the culture. 

Also, it is to promote the Indonesian culture and tourism in Vietnam, the Indonesian Consulate General is organizing Indonesian Dance Performance in Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Long City, Binh Phuoc province and Binh Hoa City from May 5th to 8th, 2012.

By having the theme of “Splendid West Sumbawa”, a group of 38 dancers from West Sumbawa Regency and Dedy Lutan Dance Company from Jakarta are coming to Vietnam.  The theme

The group is led by Mr. Dedy Lutan, Indonesian national choreographer, are performing dances from West Sumbawa Regency, Indonesia.

Two opening dances

West Sumbawa is a regency of the Indonesian Province of West Nusa Tenggara. This province is located in adjacent to Bali.

Part of "Perempuan Lala" Dance

The dance that Dedy Lutan Dance Company performed in Ho Chi Minh City on May 5th, 2012 is called “Perempuan Lala” (perempuan: woman, Lala is a designation for women from the noble family in Sumbawa).

The woman & the "Keris"

Perempuan Lala” is telling the issues of a woman came from poor fishing village who has been married by by man from the noble family whom symbolically represented by a shape of a “Keris” (Indonesian asymmetrical dagger or sword).  The different social status made conflicts.

Some of the movements needs bacis acrobatic skills?

The inspiration of “Perempuan Lala” came from the story “Gadis Pantai” (The Girl from the Coast) by Pramoedya Ananta Toer who was an Indonesian author of novels, short stories, essays, polemic and histories.  In his dance work, Dedy Lutan took the background of traditional art from Sumbawa and West Sumbawa (West Nusa Tenggara).

Mr. Dedy Lutan received a bouquet from Mrs. Anda Tarsanto
(the wife of Mr. Bambang Tarsanto, Consul General in HCMC)

The show in Ho Chi Minh City was held at the Hall of the University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City. It did not only attract the attention of the Indonesian community in the city, but also the Vietnamese University students as well.

Happy moment when the show went very well. Congrats!

I was happy to take pics with some of the dancers too!

The students were so excited participating in the quiz. It was all about general information about Indonesia such as Indonesian President, the capital city of Bali province, Indonesian currency, Indonesian national flag, etc. Of course, the winners went home with souvenir bags.

Students were to excited! What's wrong with these pics?
A guy continued cleaning up the stage
while the show was ongoing (right bottom) 

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