Closing Cultural Exchange Dancers performed part of a series of performances entitled “Fire! Fire! Fire!” collaborative work of Cheam Shapiro (Cambodia), Pichet Klunchun (Thailand) and Eko Supriyanto (Indonesia) at the Great Theater, Indonesian Art Institute, Solo, Central Java, Saturday (2/2) night. The performance concluded a three-year cultural exchange collaboration program by the Goethe Institute Jakarta, the Khmer Arts Theater in Phnom Penh, the Pichet Klunchun Dance Company in Bangkok and the Solo Dance Studio in Solo. (ANTARA/Andika Betha)

Eko Supriyanto, a dancer who has been in foreign countries, said that Indonesian dances are currently receiving international attention.

“In the past, we were still considered exotic, we were still considered something unique and strange, but now foreign countries are very, very aware,” he told Antara News after the 2014 Indonesia Menari event, Sunday (23/11).

Through dance festivals, this choreographer who was once a Madonna dancer believes that the art performance is not just a “ceremony”, but there is a bigger mission and discourse behind the dance festival to become a medium for discussion of the dance art itself.

“The festival is not only showing our work, but there are discussions, there is dialogue, there is a kind of collaboration, there is an exchange, all of which refer to how the dance dialogue must still be carried out so as not to be seen from the side of beauty,” said Eko.

“Actually, the dance works of Indonesian artists are not only beautiful, but also very global, and very adaptable in a universal context,” he continued.

The current challenge, according to Eko, is that young Indonesians must continue to be educated that Indonesian dance is also a source and asset of the nation’s wealth.

This choreographer, whose work has been performed on Broadway, believes that the prospect of dance in Indonesia in the future will never run out to be explored.

“Indonesia is a country that has more advances than other countries in the field of dance because of its great diversity, and contemporary artists in Indonesia will never run out to explore it,” said Eko.

“With the existence of contemporary Indonesian artists who continue to develop our traditional dances, I am sure that our tradition will never run out and our tradition will never fade and disappear from the face of this earth,” he added.

Source: AntaraNews