Despite its high population, Indonesia has no national ballet company. So I was very excited when the 1st Indonesian Ballet Gala finally took place, featuring three of Indonesia’s most renowned ballet schools and guest dancers from the Czech Republic, Australia and Korea. The gala was a one-day event with two shows on 22 August 2015.

Act 1 featured repertoires from three of the most famous ballet schools in the country: Tok by Ballet Sumber Cipta, The Journey by Marlupi Dance Academy, Nawang Wulan by Namarina Youth Dance. Sumber Cipta was founded by Bolshoi graduate Farida Oetoyo, while Marlupi’s and Namarina’s artistic directors (Fifi Sijangga and Maya Tamara, respectively) graduated from London’s Royal Academy of Dance. Tok was more a mix of contemporary and ethnic dances. The Journey was a repertoire that are visually ethnic and technically classical. Most notable were the colourful costumes. It was like seeing the Indonesian version of La Bayadere. 🙂 Nawang Wulan was much closer to classical ballet.

Act 2 was for the guest dancers from international companies.
a) West Australian Ballet
Juliet Burnett and Christopher Hill performed an excerpt from Giselle. Hill seemed to lack the energy and connection. Burnett was like dancing by herself in the pas de deux.
b) Bayerisches Staatsballett (Czech Republic)
Barboura Kohoutkova and Lukas Slavicky performed the Act 2 pas de deux from Swan Lake. Beautiful. 🙂
c) Korean National Ballet
Looks like the Korean ballet troupe was the main guest, presenting six repertoires, from Don Quixote, the hilarious Ballet 101, to the company’s original Prince Hodong. Lee Eun-won and Lee Jae-woo performed the grand pas de deux from Don Quixote as opener. And what a killer performance!

Look forward to the 2nd Ballet Gala!