Two bird dances took part in Bintan Cultural Festival 2011. Above: the Javanese Merak (peacock) dance. Below: Cendrawasih (bird of paradise) dance from Bali. Both imitate beautiful birds, both very popular in their respective lands. Somehow the Balinese dance has more character: the movements were flowing from the feet up to the head (including eyes), and tips of the fingers. And the two birds were dancing in harmony, in majesty.
While this Central java version of Merak dance depicts movement of a peacock, the Cendrawasih dance tells story about birds of paradise during their mating season. Cendrawasih dance was created in 1987 for Walter Spies Foundation Festival in Ubud, Bali, a year later. Although it follows the basic Balinese movements, N.L.N. Swasthi Bandem Wijaya, the choreographer and fashion designer of the dance, adapted several steps according to her interpretation in an attempt to find new forms of dance movement.
A quick note: The first two were part of the Sekapur Sirih in my previous post, called Rampak Dance. The latter two were dance from Aceh region. Yes, you guessed it, they were not that special in my opinion, hence the lack of comments from me. <grin>
This was the opening dance for Bintan Cultural Festival 2011, and it couldn’t be better. Performed by school-girls from Kijang, East Bintan, it was done in an almost perfect harmony among these young dancers. it was, by far, the best performance of the opening ceremony. And I’m totally in love with the whole outfit!
Sekapur Sirih is a welcoming dance in Riau, used to open events. At the end of the dance guests of honor are given sirih (betel) leaves to chew, as a token of hospitality.
You have seen them acting in front of the camera in my previous post. Now here they are in one of the early dance during the opening of Bintan Cultural Festival 2011 in Bintan Resorts, Indonesia.
The dance told a folklore story, alas I couldn’t get what it was (focusing on my camera focus I guess, as usual).
Dave, one of the MCs, added spice at the end of their performance.
Tall and tan and young and lovely…. But no, not from Ipanema, but from Tambelan Island, a few hours from Bintan. They came and joined the fleet of dancers for the Bintan Cultural Festival here in Bintan Resorts.
During the opening of the event, they were very popular by with crowd; people asked them to take picture together. I just watched from a distance and shot a few frames. Two of them apparently noticed my unusual white colour L lens and looked to my direction. Click-click, with Aperture priority f/4 set and AF point selection set to spot focus (my favorite).