[unpad.ac.id, 14/05/2019] A delegation from the Universitas Padjadjaran Sundanese Arts Circle (Lises Unpad) performed at two renowned universities in Thailand, namely Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University and Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University (SSRU), from 24 to 29 April 2019.
On Wednesday (24/4), Lises Unpad performed at the “1st Folk Contemporary Festival” held at Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University. During the event, the Lises Unpad delegation performed two dances, the Ronggeng Panggung Dance and the Makalangan Dance.
Lises Unpad managed to amaze the audience with their performance. Their dynamic dance movements and beautiful costume prompted the audience to show their great appreciation. Before appearing on the festival stage, the Lises Unpad delegation held a Helaran Dance workshop that was attended by local students. The participants learned the basic movements of Helaran Dance with joy and enthusiasm.
Dance workshop activities were also held at the Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University for two consecutive days, on 27 and 28 April 2019. In addition to providing Sundanese dance training to local students, the Lises Unpad dancers were also taught traditional Thai dances by dancers from Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University.
Tia Amalia, head of Unpad Lises, said that the workshop functioned not only as a cultural exchange but also as a way to introduce the richness of Indonesian culture at the international level.
On Monday (29/4), the Lises Unpad delegation performed two dances, the Ronggeng Panggung and Makalangan Dances at the SSRU Dance Festival held at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University.
Overall, the Lises Unpad delegation which participated in the dance festival in Thailand consisted of 15 people along with Lises Advisor Taufik Ampera M. Hum, a lecturer at the Unpad Faculty of Cultural Sciences, as their chaperone.
The Ronggeng Panggung dance performed at the two dance festivals in Thailand had previously been performed at the Kagoshima Asian Youth Arts Festival in Japan in 2015. The Ronggeng Panggung dance was the result of the creativity of Oga Wilantara, as a Sundanese arts activist and Lises Unpad alumni.
“The dance was created around the 90s. The Ronggeng Panggung dance, as creative dance, must be celebrated and introduced to the wider community, including the international community. By bringing the Ronggeng Panggung Dance to the international stage, both Lises and Unpad can be better known through their cultural arts,” said Taufik Ampera. *
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Translated by Shabrina Maharani
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