Lila Bhawa Indonesian Dance UK – City of London Festival 2015

Devonshire Square, London 25th June 2015

Lila Bhawa Devonshire Sq London 023

©Spencer Lloyd Peet

Four members of Lila Bhawa Indonesian Dance UK gave a free performance at the Devonshire Square terrace in London on 25th June as part of the City of London Festival 2015 that incorporates a host of incredibly talented acts within various genres performing at selected venues across the capital which runs until 10th July.

The Festival exists to entertain and inspire the City’s workers, residents and visitors with special events and world-class artists in beautiful surroundings, whilst providing unique opportunities for community involvement, learning and participation.

(Visit the City of London Festival website for full listing.)

Lila Bhawa Indonesian Dance UK performance set:

First dance: Sekar Jagat is a welcome dance from Bali used to greet distinguished guests, normally performed at the beginning of an event. Sekar means ‘flower’ and Jagat means ‘the world’. So Sekar Jagat suggests beautiful flowers which adorn the world with beautiful colours and movements.

Second dance: Gambyong Pangkur is a welcome dance from Surakarta in Central Java. It is performed for wedding ceremonies or to welcome guests to a big event. Originally a social dance, it was taken up by royal courts and refined.

Dancers:

Dewi Ariati

Savitri Sastrawan

Widya Rachmawati

Ni Made Pujawati (Creative Director)

About Lila Bhawa Indonesian Dance UK:

Lila Bhawa dance group was set up by its Creative Director, Ni Made Pujawati, back in 2002.

She brought with her one of Bali’s most beautiful old gamelans, the rare seven-tone Semar Pagulingan, Puja Semara Kanti, and senior dancers and musicians to teach and perform in the UK. Ni Madé Pujawati is dancer-in-residence with the London-based Gamelan Lila Cita and also regular dancer with the South Bank Javanese gamelan.

Lila Bhawa currently has 20 active members who perform regularly around London and the UK at various festivals and concerts, such as at the LSO St Luke’s, SOAS, City University and others.

Useful websites:

http://www.lilabhawa.org

http://www.balinesedance.org

http://www.colf.org (City of London Festival 2015)

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