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Join SDCC member Janet for a film screening at the new central library downtown.

• "RASA DARI TARI / THE SOUL OF DANCE": A New Documentary about Contemporary Indonesian Dance Produced and Directed by Mark Freeman (26 minutes long)

• Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM San Diego Central Library Auditorium, 330 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101

• Free Admission

• Free Parking

• Discussion with filmmaker follows screening

RASA DARI TARI / THE SOUL OF DANCE is an introduction to the vibrant diversity of contemporary dance in Indonesia. Rooted both in tradition and the idioms of modern movement this half-hour documentary introduces audiences to work ranging from site-specific solos to multimedia musical theater. It includes excerpts from six dance works: Padusi, Bodies of Malay, The Red Shawl (Selendang Merah), In Front of Papua, Update Status and Body Without a Brain.

• Tom Ibnur‘s Padusi is an entertaining spectacle with brilliant costumes and a company of enthusiastic young dancers. It’s a popular work updating a story based on tradition.

• Sherly Novalinda’s dance film Bodies of Malay captures the progress of women from West Sumatra Indonesia who traditionally were forbidden to dance.

• The Red Shawl/Selendang Merah is the final part of Garin Nugroho’s, Opera Jawa Trilogy. Nugroho is one of the most acclaimed film directors working in Indonesia today.

• Jecko Siompo was raised in the jungles of Papua, at the eastern edge of the Indonesian archipelago. In Front of Papua is a unique combination of “animal movement” and hip-hop.

• Yola Yulfianti’s Update Status is a solo performed by Rizki Suharlin Putri in Kalimantan (the Indonesian portion of Borneo). The dancer moves before an enormous open pit coal mine

• Body Without a Brain is a high risk, physically demanding performance. Rianto seems to be in a trance as he creates an unpremeditated encounter with the elements. The piece embodies anxiety as the natural world becomes ever more threatened.

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