August 27, 2022

Blossoming Indonesia

Performance

Canada, Indonesia

Javanese music and dance performance.

Orkes Garasi

Photo courtesy of the artist

Overview

Blossoming Indonesia is a showcase of traditional music, choreography and vocal performances. Featuring Legong, Topang and Tari Piring genre dance performances accompanied by traditional music, the two-part show is an event of dramatic and songful wonder, capturing the essence of Indonesian arts in the face of cultural evolution and history. 

About Wisnu Wicaksono, Choreographer

Wisnu Wicaksono is a young choreographer from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He has traveled the world to carry out cultural missions, one of which is to present and teach classical Javanese dances and Javanese Gamelan to students, communities and Indonesian citizens in the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.  An experienced choreographer Wicaksono created a colossal dance at the 33rd Janadriyah Festival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from the end of 2018 to early 2019. 

About Arma Dharma, Dancer

Arma Dharma is a traditional dancer and performer from Indonesia. Graduating from the Indonesian Institute of the Art Yogyakarta in 2018, Dharma experienced Indonesian traditional dance and other disciplines such as gamelan (traditional Javanese music) and Javanese Puppets. 

His first performance in Canada was Legong Bapang Saba at the Asean Youth Day Festival at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Toronto in October 2019. He also had the opportunity to present Legong Bapang Saba in the Carassauga Culture Concert Series in February 2021. He won Gold Honours in the Toronto International Youth Dance Festival in September. In May 2022, he was invited to present Javanese Puppets in a TCDSB School celebrating Asian Heritage Month. 

About Orkes Garasi – Traditional Indonesian Music 

Formed in the summer of 2015 by Akas, Theo, Jaya & ar. The band of four originally played guitar (Djenar), bass (Theo), and ukuleles (Akas and Jaya). In the process, the group enjoyed playing some old songs with kroncong as a genre. The music evolved in 2018 to include traditional Indonesian string instruments cuk and cak, replacing the ukuleles. Further, in 2019, the band invited an Indonesian kendang (a traditional Javanese drum) set master, Wawan, to collaborate and expand the genre into a more playful sound of campur sari. The band now also consists of vocalists Herlin and Shendy. 

Dates & Times

August 27
12pm – Part I
30 mins
2:45pm – Part II
45 mins

More Info

Orkes Garasi, Band Members

Jaya – Cak

Theo – Bas

Akas – Cuk

Wawan – Gendang

Herlin – Vocal

Shendy – Vocal

Venue

Stage in the Park

A small stage in the grass on the west campus

Outdoors, No formal seating

Wheelchair Accessible

235 Queens Quay W.

Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8

Keywords DanceMusicPerformance