Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Festival Of Culture, Thought And Art

"A festival is like a bouquet of flowers, displaying an assortment of shapes, colors and scents,” Hasif Amini, director of the upcoming Festival Salihara, wrote in the foreword of the festival’s program.

Staying true to these words, the Salihara arts complex in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, has come up with a diverse program for this year’s festival, which will run for five weeks.

The festival will include music, dance and theater performances, public lectures and an art exhibition.

“All the events are very special,” said Rama Thaharani, Salihara’s promotions manager. “Eiko & Koma from New York, for instance, belong to the best contemporary dance groups worldwide, and the ‘Hunger of the Land’ performance will have its world premiere at the festival.”

There will be two other contemporary dance performances by local talents, including “Girl’s Voices” by Nur Hasanah, a choreographer and dancer who recently graduated from the dance department of the Jakarta Arts Institute. The second one is “Red” by Asri Mery Sidowati, which depicts the state of the earth during this time of climate change. She first choreographed “Red” during her studies and developed it further for the festival.

Other acts include music groups from Austria, Germany and the United States. Local musical acts will include I Wayan Sadra & Ansambel SonoSeni, an ensemble from Solo fusing Western and Eastern sounds, and the jazz rock group Trio Ligro, which has performed at the Java Jazz Festival for the last five years.

Festival Salihara
Jl. Salihara No. 16 Pasar Minggu
South Jakarta
Tickets: Tel. 0817 077 1913/ 021 9619 2632


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