International Silat Federation of America & Indonesia

Silat Tuo, Silat Tradisional,

Silat Minangkabau

ISFI/A at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas

New Haven, Connecticut | June 21, 2013

Get Involved! Join us on Friday, June 21, 2013, for a special performance by Bapak Waleed and collaborating groups during the Noon to Night Series of New Haven’s annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

In the morning before the performance, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York (KJRI) will present a cultural display highlighting many wonderful aspects of Indonesian culture, including the music, batik tapestries, beautiful traditional dress from a variety of cultures from around the country, food, and more. Click to get involved in the cultural booths and activities.

Come early to enjoy the delightful presentations of the KJRI, and stay for the performance, featuring traditional dances from Bali and Sumatra.

Ida Ayu Candrawati and Putu Krisna Saptanyana will present the Trunajaya and Jauk Dances of Bali. Each of these lively dances showcases the skill of solo dancers, or sometimes pairs of dancers. These energetic dances are characterized by exaggerated movements and elaborate dress and headware of the dancers, including a fearsome mask worn in the Jauk dance. The Trunajaya dance is accompanied by the quick, rhythmic beats of the Gong Kebyar.

Saung Budaya will present traditional dances of the harvest from the Minang culture of West Sumatra, Indonesia. For instance, the traditional “Naiak Piring,” Tarian Minangkabau, and Tari Piring, Plate Dance, have several ceremonial functions: to celebrate harvest time, welcome guests, and to honor a new village chief. Tari Piring incorporates everyday movements, such as work in the rice fields and the preparation of food. This dance symbolizes the farmers’ daily activities, such as tilling planting, weeding, and harvesting. It is also an expression of the farmers feeling of joy and gratitude due to the abundance of the harvest. The headdresses worn by the women take the shape of bullhorns, which symbolize victory, and the “kabau,” buffalo, that is reminiscent in the clothing and architectural stylings of the Minangkabau people. The link to the video below features Saung Budaya performing these dances at SUNY Buffalo’s International Fiesta in February 2013.

Finally, Bapak Waleed and the International Silat Federation of Indonesia and America will showcase more traditional movements from West Sumatra, the movements of “Silat Tuo Minang,” which incorporate not only dance, but also theater, arts, and traditional healing meditative movements.

All are welcome to participate in the festivities! If you would like to get involved, please contact us.

General information for visitors to the Festival can be found through the main page for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

With many thanks for the support of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York, and the participation of Saung Budaya.


June 11th, 2013 by Staff

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