Indonesian Dancers bring their Earthquake Survival Story to Australia
Address: 119 Lamington Street New Farm Qld
Date: Thu 9 – Sat 11 2012
Buy / Ticket: http://www.brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/view/nan-jombang-dance-companys-tarian-malam/
On September 30 2009 in Padang, West Sumatra, a 7.6 scale earthquake rocked the city, killing over 1000 people and injuring another 3000. Nan Jombang’s dancers had a lucky escape as they were rehearsing outdoors when the earthquake hit and their studios collapsed. In Tarian Malam choreographer Ery Mefri combines Minangkabau martial arts, drumming and traditional dance with contemporary dance to explore the company’s experience of the earthquake. Andrew Ross, Brisbane Powerhouse Director, says that Brisbane Powerhouse is delighted to welcome back Nan Jombang after hosting their first Australian performance in 2007. “Tarian Malam has its international premiere in Brisbane and we’re happy to have Nan Jombang’s dancers back on stage after surviving the earthquake which ruined their studios.
The company has garnered critical acclaim and is in-demand around the world, having recently performed in Seoul, Berlin, Singapore, Tokyo, Philippines and Essen. “The in-development showing of Tarian Malam in Singapore was breathtaking. The traditional drumming is explosive, and the intensity of emotion coming from the dancers is palpable. The audience was spellbound.” Audiences for Tarian Malan are also encouraged to enjoy the free concert by Indonesia’s Ethnitik Gamelan Orkestra who take to the stage before Nan Jombang on Thursday 9 August.
Darwin Festival performances
Browns Mart Theatre, 24,25 and 26 August at 8pm and 5.30pm