Coordinated by Alfira O’Sullivan and Ida Lawrence
Presented by Woven Kolektif, Suara Indonesia Dance and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre as a public program for the looking here looking north exhibition
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 10 February 2019
ASYIK CASULA: Indonesian Cultural Day was an asyik day of activities for all ages (asyik meaning “fun!” and “enjoy!” in Indonesian slang). The day included art workshops, dance and body percussion workshops with Suara Indonesia Dance, performances by Sydney’s Indonesian community, and artist talks with Woven Kolektif. Documentation of the day’s activities below:
About Batik Workshop
Facilitated by Ida Lawrence from Woven Kolektif
Inspired by traditional Indonesian batik motifs, symbols, patterns and resist processes, participants created their own textile design of personal significance, using alternative resist and colouring techniques, and based on a story from their weekend or the summer holidays.
Puppet Making Workshop
Facilitated by Sofiyah Ruqayah and Bridie Gillman from Woven Kolektif
Participants made paper puppets of Indonesian and Australian animals, drawing inspiration from traditional puppets called wayang. Some participants made wild new creatures, combining features of Indonesian and Australian animals.
Siti Suharti Performance
Classic keroncong songs performed by Siti Suharti, Kartika Suharto-Martin’s Javanese folk-pop singer alter-ego, and accompanied by Suharto – an extension of Kartika Suharto-Martin’s video installation exhibited in looking here looking north.
Woven Kolektif Artist Talks
as part of the exhibition looking here looking north. Facilitated by Jenny Cheeseman, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Head of Curatorial.
Performances in the Turbine Hall
Minang Saiyo Group
Tari Pasambahan, welcome dance from West Sumatra
Suara Indonesia Dance interactive performance workshop
Bajidor Kahot, fan dance from West Java, blending Sundanese and Balinese cultures
Tari Rantak, dance from West Sumatra
Songs for kids in Bahasa Indonesia and English feat. Avocado Smash
Tari Topeng, mask dance from Java feat. Popping Jack
Indonesian street dance feat. Suara Indonesia Kids Class
Tari Aceh Duduk, Acehnese sitting body percussion dance feat. Suara Indonesia Kids Class Lakemba
Silat and Randai, West Sumatran martial arts and percussive pants dance
Minang Saiyo Group
Tari Piring, plate dance from West Sumatra
Tari Gambyong Mari Kangen, Central Javanese dance
Gita Suara Vocal Group
Indonesian folk songs and bamboo angklung from West Java
Volunteer MCs and the ASYIK crowd
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