Dedy Luthan: The Dancer Still Has Moves

Dedy Luthan: The dancer still has moves

Utami Diah Kusumawati, Contributor, Jakarta | People | Fri, May 09 2014, 1:24 PM

Doc. Dedy Luthan Dance Company (DLDC)

Doc. Dedy Luthan Dance Company (DLDC)

A stroke may have slowed down Dedy Luthan, but it has done nothing to dim his passion for creating dances inspired by the local wisdom of the people of Kalimantan.
The hospital room was dimly lit and Dedy was in bed, sporting tousled grey hair. The doctors had cleared him to go home, although he still looked weak and vulnerable.
Dedy, a noted choreographer and dancer, has for decades created dances rooted in tradition.
Born in 1951 in Jakarta, Dedy, a Minangkabau whose full name is Hendrawanto Pandji Akbar, studied dance and choreography, eventually receiving a doctorate from the Indonesian Arts Institute in Surakarta, Central Java.
He has also been the chief of the dance committee of the Jakarta Arts Council.
The 63-year-old suffered a second stroke while choreographing Hutan Pasir Sunyi (Silent Sand Forest) as part of his dissertation.
The stroke happened less than a month before his troupe, the Dedy Luthan Dance Company (DLDC), was to perform at the Bogor Botanical Garden on May 13, among other venues. Dedy, however, is determined to finish the performances.
“My upcoming piece is about environmental damage, especially to the forest, and its relation to the degradation of the value of arts in East Kalimantan,” Dedy said. Baca lebih lanjut


Sacred Dagger

Sacred dagger


Jalak Buddha

Utami Diah Kusumawati, Contributor, Jakarta | Culture | Tue, May 06 2014, 12:41 PM

Kris have been forged from iron by master craftsmen, known locally as empu, for hundreds of years.

Creation of the daggers, sacred to people in Indonesia, Malaysia and even parts of the Philippines, involved complex rituals to boost their connection with the spirit world and to put magic power into the hands of those who carried them.

Today, however, many view a kris as a work of art, divorced from the local wisdom and philosophy of the empu. The Panji Nusantara kris community would like to change that, according to Toni Junus, the author of Kris: An Interpretation.

Toni said that the local wisdom embodied in kris remained under threat. Religious fanaticism, for example, has led some separate the sacred daggers from the spiritual values infusing those who made or owned them.

The community, founded in 2005 after UNESCO recognized the daggers, wants to reposition the kris in line with contemporary thought and religion. Baca lebih lanjut