Saturday 16 February 2008

Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand)

Renowed cross-dressing dancer and comedian Didik Nini Thowok performed traditional Javanese and Balinese dance, with live music from Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya, as well as dancing the Maori story of Rona e te Marama (‘Rona and the Moon’) to music by Gareth Farr for both gamelan combined. This work was premiered at the 2007 Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival.

Didik was joined in a newly choreographed Balinese dance by Evie Suyadnyani, a dancer visiting from Bali. They danced exquisitely to music composed especially for them by I Wayan Gde Yudane.

This performance was part of the 10th anniversary of Te Papa.