WAB in Jakarta – Building Cultural Bridges through Ballet

Ballet.id's collaboration with Jakarta Arts Council to present Historia: The Journey of Ballet in Indonesia, featured a performance by West Australian Ballet (WAB) and choreography by former WAB Demi-Soloist Christopher Hill, in celebration of Indonesia’s 174 year long history with the art form.

WAB in Jakarta – Building Cultural Bridges through Ballet

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Taking place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July in Jakarta, Historia took audiences from the birth of ballet in Indonesia in 1845—to the present, narrating Indonesian ballet’s advancements based on the research of Co-Founder of Ballet.id Meutia Chaerani.

The Dance Showcase was a 60 minute Gala of performances by Ballet Sumber Cipta, Cicilia Ballet, EKI Dance Company, Marlupi Dance Academy and Namarina Youth Dance and featured a performance born from the collaboration between West Australian Ballet and Ballet.id through the creation of the Indonesian Youth Ensemble (IYE). The premiere of the piece performed by IYE has been choreographed on their dancers by former WAB Demi-Soloist Christopher Hill.
“West Australian Ballet has been a huge supporter of Ballet.id for the past five years”, says WAB Executive Director, Jessica Machin. “The collaboration between WAB and Ballet.id aims to continue to grow ballet as an art form in Indonesia and to support their vision to establish a professional Ballet Company in Jakarta”.

“Working with the Indonesian Youth Ensemble has been an incredibly enriching experience for myself and the students”, says Christopher Hill. “Seeing them develop their skills in such a short time has just been beautiful to watch.”

The Dance Showcase included two Pas de Deux (duets) by West Australian Ballet’s newest Soloists Dayana Hardy and Juan Carlos Osma. Hardy and Osma performed a beautiful adagio, to the lyrical music of Tchaikovsky in the White Swan Pas de Deux. The duet has been choreographed by WAB Artistic Director, Aurélien Scannella and WAB Principal Ballet Mistress and Artistic Associate, Sandy Delasalle (after ballet great, Marius Petipa). Hardy and Osma’s second Pas de Deux was an excerpt from In-Synch which was part of WAB’s In-Synch: Ballet at the Quarry season earlier this year. The excerpt is an improvised dance work set to a randomly selected modern orchestral soundtrack which showcases the couple’s exceptional improv skills live to audience members.

West Australian Ballet’s involvement in Historia has been supported by WAB Principal Partner Woodside Energy and the Australian Embassy Jakarta




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