' A new take on Indonesian folk dance Dolalak in a live link with Surakarta
The Singaporese artist Choy Ka Fai is doing an extensive research into shamanistic dance culture in Asia. For Postcolonial Spirits he has immersed himself in the Indonesian dance ritual Dolalak. It is a dance that has adapted time and again to popular culture. In the 1930s, for instance, the traditional Javanese dance was mixed with movements made by Dutch colonial soldiers as they partied, and with sung Islamic poetry. Today, Dolalak is popular among young female influencers who dance it on TikTok to the tunes of the Indonesian pop genre dangdut.
Inspired by the ever-evolving Dolalak, Choy Ka Fai scrutinizes cultural and historic ritual through the lens of contemporary technology. On stage in Utrecht is dancer Vincent Riebeek who has a live link to Dolalak dancer Andri Kurniawan in Surakarta. Collaborating in the virtual realm, they attempt to create a dance together for our post-corona world. A surprising dance performance across time and space.
"This work is part of a larger project by Choy Ka Fai, called Cosmic Wonders - a magnificent work of art. The project reaches out to different shamanistic traditions across the world, and it wasn’t easy to decide which should be the first to be introduced to our Utrecht audience. In the end, I chose “Postcolonial Spirits” not only because it highlights the surprising Dutch influence on certain Indonesian traditions, but also because Vincent Riebeek – no stranger to SPRING – will be joining Ka Fai on stage." - Grzegorz Reske, artistic director SPRING
Concept, Documentary, Narration, Direction: Choy Ka Fai Supernatural presence: Raden Mas Sosro Dramaturgy: Tang Fu Kuen Choreography & Performance: Vincent Riebeek, Andri Kurniawan Assistant director: Darlane Litaay Music & Sound composer: Yennu Ariendra Live music performer: J. Mo'ong Santosa Pribadi Vocalist: Nova Ruth, Andri Kurniawan Light design, Installation, Technical direction: Ray Tseng Stage Management: Sanja Gergoric 3D Visual design & Technology: Brandon Tay Mocap Data Stream: Keith Chia Visual artist: Sven Gareis / telematique Video Operator: Tammo Walter Set design: Dan Lancea Props design: Soy Division Costume (Berlin): Justyna Gmitrzuk Costume tailoring (Indonesia): Mr. Harjito Heritage consultation: Dolalak Budi Santoso Group Artistic Assistant: Irina Demina Research Assistant: Sanne van Aalderen Production manager, Research & Translation (Indonesia): Sekar Handayani Project manager: Mara Nedelcu
Production: Choy Ka Fai in cooperation with Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin. Supported by: The Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Fonds Darstellende, Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The research process is supported by: The National Arts Council, Singapore. Photo material made available by: the KITLV/ Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast, Asian and Caribbean Studies (https://www.kitlv.nl/). Logos: Tanz im August, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa des Landes Berlin (SenKultEu), NEUSTART KULTUR #TakeAction, NAC