Untitled (Balinese dance study)

Choreography and performance by Zavé Martohardjono
Sound remix of Gamelan Gong Kebjar: Hudan mas by Ava Omega Jarden
Dance training and research with Miranti

“Untitled (Balinese dance study)” was developed in residency at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in Spring 2016 and has been shown at Panoply Performance Laboratory, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and Fête.

As research for this piece, I re-learned the essential vocabulary of Balinese dance which I first learned as a little girl during a trip home to Indonesia. This work considers cultural appropriation and hybridity, as well as gender, through an exploration of gesture: both the iconic gesture of Balinese dance and that of queer House and Ball culture. Read more context about this piece in Dancer Citizen Issue 4.

The video below is documentation of a performance of “Untitled (Balinese dance study)” as part of Fête at Wintercheck Factory.

• May 31, 2016

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