The recorded sounds of cut wood by axe, saw, knife, sandpaper and brush to make a traditional wood mask set the atmosphere for the choreographer Katia Engel’s latest work in Indonesia, For Starting to Cut the Wood.
Angkot is the Melting Pot uses live streaming to highlight the city transportation in Jakarta. Jakarta’s ubiquitous public minivan (angkot) suggests the physical closeness of the passengers crammed inside, but in the awkwardness of a heterogeneous society.
This year’s Helatari showcases the development of dance in Indonesia departing from the influence of modern western dance, hip-hop, street dance or “free choreography”.
The former house of a lone businessman with a lifetime passion in hunting scattered Indonesian artefacts at auction houses abroad to be preserved as an object of study for later generations store thousands of collection of all sizes at literally every corner of what is now a museum in south Jakarta.
Sand and gravel mining flourish around the small town of Rangkasbitung, the municipality of the enormously 3000 hectares Lebak regency, Banten. It is an old town dating back to the Dutch colonial era, developed to provide industrial supplies to Jakarta.
Even a prominent Indonesian female jazz singer such as Dira Sugandi coiuld make a confession in front of the sitting crowd who filled up the concert hall at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, and also to the big band whom she shared the stage with, about how difficult it is here to make a living in jazz.
Imanissimo made a closing performance in Jazz Buzz Salihara 2017, the same time they announced the launch of their latest album Enigma.
Arief Winanda, who is currently preoccupied with the development of urban art discipline in Institut Kesenian Jakarta (IKJ), has wit and, at times, cracking humor, in his show on Saturday night as part of Jazz Buzz Salihara 2017.
The often-cited words in the trying times is that hope keeps humans alive. And in a spirited gesture of placing that hopes sky-high in the new year, people who crowded a new year party event at a beach hotel in Bangka Island lit the sky lantern before releasing them up to the sky. Moments after the collective act, the view above began to be surrounded by bright dots, and at a particular height they slowly turned to obscurity.
News about Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaya Purnama being named suspect by police over blasphemy allegation in a politically-ridden circumstances has garnered international media attention recently. The double minority status of his Christian religion and Chinese ethnicity in a majority Muslim population plays well with the foreign sentiment towards the country with the biggest Muslim population in the world, questioning the spirit of equality and harmony in diversity it brags so much about.