Surabaya Post  |  16 October 2002

Theatre dance performance from the Netherlands entitled ‘Luminescent Twilight’ which was presented on Tuesday night (16/10) at Gedung Cak Durasim Taman Budaya Surabaya ended in a romantic way. This production, which was a part of the Cak Durasim Festival III, by the choreographer Gerard Mosterd who is of Dutch-Indonesian origin was able to make the public in Surabaya smile in admiration. It is no exaggeration to say that applause at the end of the show lasted long and sustained. The reason for this was the enchanting body movements of the dancers, Wei Ming Poon (Tek Ng Vong) from Vietnam and Ester Natzijl. Moreover, the interplay of lighting and lighting design combining dark and light strongly supported the movements performed by these two dancers.

As Rakimdakas said in the press conference on Monday (14/10), this theatre team from Netherlands was not needlessly demanding. They simply requested proper lighting, which is somewhat complicated considering the local circumstances. However, Rokim’s et al hard work in the end led to success. The performance which from beginning to end was supported by Niels Walen’s gamelan music illustrations, indeed highlighted on a stage powerful in its atmosphere of contrast, dark and light. Sharp transitions of light marked the change between scenes with absolutely perfect timing. This is what Mosterd wanted to present. As he said before the show, he wanted to integrate Western and Eastern cultures, the two different cultures of his parents (a Dutch father, an Indonesian mother).

Accompanied by a Rebab, Teck Ng Von, who was bare-chested and was wearing a black pants, moved in a standing position in which only parts of his shoulders were visible in the light. Suddenly Ester Natzijl passed quickly behind him. The sounds of gender, bonang and gambang played by Walen were combined with electronic music by Paul Goodman. The stage put us into an atmosphere of mystery. The combination of Western culture, represented by Ester and Eastern culture by Von was really interesting. Von’s movements were gentle, typical of the East in contrast to Ester’s which were very fast. Alternately, both were moving in contrast. One active, the other motionless.

At the end of the show, a Japanese paper screen on the stage was moved here and there by the two dancers. They also faced each other from its two sides like a mirror. Von tore the paper right in the middle, as if it was a door. From the rear, the lamps fired through the “door” making a path of light on the floor. Then a surprise occurred. Keroncong music was heard. Out of the door, the two dancers crawled, rolled and danced together. The dense atmosphere was dispersing. Suddenly there was a metaphorical bond between the dark, the light and shadows, dusk in the inner logic of the everyday life of traditional Javanese society.

For you who have not yet had time to see Gerard Mosterd’s production, you can see their performance, tonight, Wednesday (16/10) at Gedung Cak Durasim at 20:00. This extra bonus performance is due to the impact of the bombings in Bali. Previously, dance was scheduled to be performed in Bali today.

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