A collaborative performance entitled ‘Shaded Shadow’, was presented by students from the Performing Arts and Dance Departement of the Indonesia Institute of Fine Arts (ISI) on Friday (Apr 22), at the Denpasar Art Center on Friday, as part of a series of performances entitled Bali Mandara Nwanatya. The beautiful and fantastic movement of the dancers
A collaborative performance entitled ‘Shaded Shadow’, was presented by students from the Performing Arts and Dance Departement of the Indonesia Institute of Fine Arts (ISI) on Friday (Apr 22), at the Denpasar Art Center on Friday, as part of a series of performances entitled Bali Mandara Nwanatya.
The beautiful and fantastic movement of the dancers depicted a spark of meanings contained in the theme of the art composition. Each movement expressed the imagination and was open to be interpreted by each member of the audience. Normally props, set sound and lighting serve as background elements to support the main performance, but in this unique and attractive show, these elements played an equal role to that of the dancers. A total of 11 artists and 15 dancers were directed by I Wayan Sujana and I Wayan Adi Gunarta to create this spectacle.
Terracotta bricks filled the space with three distinct installations: an internally lit circular tower in the center, sets of ‘dominos’ on the periphery and on the stage area, bricks were chaotically dispersed. Braided young coconut leaves formed a large mountain shaped figured that loomed ominously and that served as the background for a candle lit kinesthtic choreography during part of the performance. The dancers expressed a range of emotions through gentle and at times very hard movements with strong facial expressions expressing fear and other darker emotions. The dramatic ambience enveloped the audience.
Despite the distinctly modern art style of the show, ethical and moral messages were clearly offered for consideration, including questions about our relationship to nature represented by the props made of earth and leaves, questions about our relationship with one and other represented by the at times shiokingly aggressive interactions between the dancers and questions about our relationship to light or the creative force represented by the candles that were offered to audience members to place on the central tower.
Wayan Sujana, familiarly addressed as ‘Suklu’ said that the ‘Shaded Shadow’ is an embodiment of arable art inviting the public to discover the adventure within. The idea was inspired by the rare solar eclipse that occurred in Indonesia earlier this year on March 9. “The solar eclipse that occurred last month, featured a very unique and beautiful play of shadow” said Suklu.
When explored further, said this artist from Klungkung, shadow is a phenomenon caused by the obstruction of light resulting in the dark side of the object to emmerge. Metaphorically, the dark side can also be found within the human self, and this darkness can lead to fears that people often avoid and try to cover up. Actually by recognizing the darkness within, human beings can identify their strengths and weaknesses and thus lead them to a better path.
‘Shaded Shadow’, therfore invites the audiende to retrace the darkness within, in an effort to become a better individual. “This installation/performance involved several artisitc elements including fine arts, motion (kinesthetic), sound, dressmaking, and lighting that are all related to the concept of the show that was presented by the students” said Suklu as the art director.
The dance movements created by and expressed by students from the Dance Department of ISI Denpasar, under direction of I Wayan Adi Gunarta focused on responding to the space of the perfomance. Shaded Shadow also included strong audio elements with musical and vocal arrangements created by students from the Music Study Program. The costumes that were inspired by the concept of fireflies were created by students from the Fashion Design Department. The 792 artistically arranged bricks were designed and placed by students from the Visual Arts Departement. (BTN/015)