Video Rachel Cooper on Indonesia's Envelope-Pushing Dance Troupe

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This is a web page featuring an interview with Rachel Cooper about Indonesian dance troupe Nan Jombang and their 2010 US showcase. The article is titled 'An interview with Rachel Cooper: Indonesia's envelope-pushing dance troupe' and includes a photograph and a nine-minute video of one of the performances. Cooper explains how choreographer Ery Mefri develops his ideas from a cultural and spiritual perspective, incorporating contemporary movement aligned to martial arts and West Sumatran Randai theatre.

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Educational value
  • This is a resource of great value for the Responding strand of the Dance curriculum in lower secondary schooling. The content descriptions can assist students to respond to dance and dance artists and consider the broader contexts of their works, and their contribution to the development of dance as a contemporary form. The resource gives students the opportunity to examine the performance closely and to read about the choreographer's ideas for integrating spiritual traditions and martial arts with contemporary dance movements.
  • The resource contributes to students engaging with the cross-curriculum priority of Asia and Australia's relationship with Asia, particularly the fourth organising idea of the arts and literature of Asia influencing aesthetic and creative pursuits within Australia, the region and globally. The Nan Jombang dance troupe tours internationally and integrates both traditional and contemporary Indonesian dance forms in its performances. Its work impacts on the reputation of contemporary dance in Indonesia and globally.
Year level

7; 8

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