Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia
Ottawa
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
Ambassade de la RÉpublique d'Indonésie

Artist:

Amoris, also known as Uyau Moris (Musician, Song Writer, Composer, and Sape Instrument Craftsmen)

A young talented sape music instrument player from Dayak Kenyah, North Kalimantan, Indonesia. He is a self made artist with millions of youtube and instagram viewers. He plays both traditional and pop rock covers in various international cultural events, such as in France, Japan and Khazakstan. Watch him live at the Indonesian Festival!

NONA ASRI INDONESIA GROUP will be performing in the upcoming Indonesian Festival on 25-27 August 2017 at Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park.

NONA ASRI INDONESIA is a dance and music group from Indonesia established in 2010.  Nona Asri Indonesia dancers and musicians came from various regions in Indonesia. This group has performed all over the world (from Korea, Russia, Austria, US, Egypt, Italy) and this year the first time in Canada celebrating 150th Canadian Confederation in the Indonesia in Ottawa: Indonesian Festival 2017.  Its main mission is to introduce, share and exchange knowledge about Indonesian art and culture look forward in seeing you at the Festival!

Syofyani’s Dance and Music Ensemble Padang

This dance and muxic ensamble group from West Sumatera will be performing 12 dances with musical instruments at the Indonesian Festival 2017! With experience performing all over the world , you wont want to miss their performances!

Here are the synopsis of their dance performances:

Welcome Dance

It is a tradition in Minangkabau to welcome honorable guest or to open a traditional event by presenting container called a ‘Carano’.  It is symbolizes a request to allow the ceremony to take place and asks a blessing from the guests as the activities begin. It is performed in a special dance called “Tari Pasambahan” or “Welcome Dance”

Manggaro Dance

There is a unique way people in some villages chase away the birds so as to remove their weariness and boredom while the rice fields. They make various movements and click pieces of bamboo in their hands, while singing or shouting together. By the way they hope the birds will go away while the farmers are enjoying themselves

Indang Dance

Indang or rebana is the local name for a small size tambourine. The use of Indang in traditional dance of west Sumatera shows that there is an influence of islamic culture on the original Minangkabau, west Sumatera by merchants from Arabia and Persia simultaneously with the coming of islamic teaching to this country in the 14 century. All the dancers commonly become absorbed in their dynamic movements while beating the Indang so as to give rhythm to the movements and the song. They sing together along with the dance. All the words of the song are usually about the history of the prophet Muhammad or advice according to Islam teaching.

Tingkah Adok Dance

Adok is kind of percussion instrument like a tambourine, though bigger in size. It is commonly used to accompany Minangkabau folk songs. In this dance the Adok are rhythmically beaten by the dancers as to accompany the dynamic movements of the dance.

Umbrella Dance

Bendi is the local name for a two wheel horse drawn cart which can take 3 to 4 passengers. This old fashioned vehicle is very popular for short distance transportation in villages as well as in towns. It is a custom for a newly married couple to visit their close relatives or to go to picnic places for the pleasure for a few days after wedding. They use Bendi as they have to pass small paths in villages. This dance describe how a newly married couple and their companions to Sungai Tanang a scenic place for a honeymoon, located on slopes mount Merapi near Bukittinggi. The umbrella is a symbol of the protection given the bridegroom to his new bride.

Selendang Dance

Selendang is a kind of shawl. This dance is usually done youngsters a a party or fast just pleasure. Wearing a shawl, and Malay style dress does not mean that dance is influenced by the Malay culture. It is an original Minangkabau dance for the Minangkabau tribe and is said to originate from Malay race. Also the music accompanying the dance resembles Malay music.

Tari Tangan / Urak Simpuah Dance

There is a popular proverb in Minangkabau ‘duduak bapamenan, tagak baparintang’ which means that one should have something to do while sitting or standing. The movements of this dance show several activities done by women daily at home. The basic movements are adopted from ‘mulo pado’ dance. Which is a very old dance originating from Luhak Nan Tuo. The ancient name gives to the area of Tanah Datar Regency, which is well known as the centre of the old Minangkabau Kingdom.

Plate Dance on the Broken Glasses ( Tari Piring)

This dance describes how farmers cultivate their wet rice – field or sawah, beginning from digging the land, plough, planting, harvesting, taking the crop home, until pounding the rice. When the farmers get successful crop, they will enjoy themselves in a cheerful festivity. Everybody has the chance to demonstrate whatever special proficiency he or e has. Jumping and dancing on the glass fragments symbolically means that men who are honest and brave to face all risks. Plates in Minangkabau symbolize property and the happiness at home.