Our guests: Indonesia

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IndonesiëIndonesia brings some exotic local touch to the Grote Markt.

Indonesische dansersOn Saturday you will enjoy the Jaipongan and Merak dances.

On Sunday you will be able to enjoy the sounds of a true gamelan orchestra, transforming the Grote Markt in a true exotic ambiance.

During the two days, you will be able to enjoy all kind of typical Indonesian items at their stand.

Indonesia also has its IML walk: the Jogja International Heritage Walk. Certainly worthwhile!

But what is Jaipongan and Merak actually?

Jaipongan, also known as Jaipong, is a popular traditional dance of Sundanese people, West Java, Indonesia.

The name jaipongan came from people mimicking of the sounds created by some of the drums in the ensemble. Audiences were often heard shouting jaipong after specific sections of rhythmic music were played.

Jaipongan debuted in 1974 when Gugum Gumbira and his gamelan and dancers first performed in public. Jaipong dance used its sensuality found in a traditional village music and dance, ketuk tilu. Jaipongan was a way for the Sundanese people to take back their culture from the Western ideas and rid themselves of the colonial Dutch influences. Jaipongan elevated the idea of village music or music of the people. It focused on love, money, agriculture, and as the world became filled with more turmoil, it became a vehicle for moral, political spiritual, and social awareness.

Merak Dance is a traditional folk dance originating from Pasundan land, West Java.

This dance was created by Raden Tjetjep Somantri in 1950s and it had been rearrange by Irawati Durban in 1965.

Merak in English means Peacock bird. From its name, it clearly describes the dance that symbolize the elegant of peacock movements. Merak dance is can be performed solo or in groups. The dancers of this beautiful dance are wearing scarf that perform the tail of the peacock with multicolor scenic tone. Moreover, the dancers are also wearing the crown a la peacock head crown. Merak dance is having delicate hand movements and it follows by traditional ‘Gamelan’ music, that becomes the main characteristic of this dance.
Each movement in this dance is meaningful and happy, that is why it sometime becomes the welcome dance to greet the guest of honor in wedding ceremony.