- May 16, 2018
The combination of contemporary Indonesian music and modern dance forms made fascinating stuff for sure and there was plenty to admire. The music from duo Senyawa was extraordinary, thrashing at times, haunting at others and the perfect aural backdrop to the tribal and ritualistic forms that the amazing dancers were creating, leading them into trance like reveries. There were moments of quite incredible intensity certainly, and when the company were supplemented, initially by soft percussive nosies from the audience to eventually the shakers moving to the stage to join in the frenzied ritual, the whole became in a sense quite a spectacle. So, did I like it? In part yes I did, I enjoyed the soundscape that Senyawa created, I enjoyed the exuberance and physicality of the dancers and I liked the drift of what would appear to be quite ordinary people of all ages to join in the fun – but I did feel that they’re were having more fun than me, perhaps I would have like to have been a part of that writhing throng. Ultimately I suppose I liked the parts but never felt that it had become whole.