Dedy Luthan: The dancer still has moves
Utami Diah Kusumawati, Contributor, Jakarta | People | Fri, May 09 2014, 1:24 PM
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