Didik Nini Thowok: Don’t See Me, But Look at My Dance
Great celebration dancer Didik Hadiprayitno or what we often call Didik Nini Thowok titled “Reborn” took place in Yogyakarta, 4 to 6 December 2014. “Reborn” is the theme Didik celebrating its 60th birthday.
He was born in Temanggung on November, 13th 1954. As a multi-talented artist, Didik Nini Thowok has performed for the highest dignitaries throughout the world.
Didik Nini Thowok’s fame propelled him throughout Indonesia for his unique style; combining classical, folk, modern and comedic dance form. He is one of the few artist who continues the long tradition of “ Traditional Cross Gender “ in the dance form.
His talent in impersonating female characters as well as his incredible skill in various dance traditions such as topeng (mask dance), Sundanese, Cirebon, Balinese, and of course Central Javanese; has on many occasions dumfounded the audience in determining the gender of the artist.
Didik admitted, when entered in the character dances whatever and wherever he like trance. While dancing, he does not remember who the audience, even forgot who he was. “What is important is not see me dance but look at my dance,” he said.
According to him, the dancer must be humble and self-emptying (emptiness) and have no load, thus the ego does not appear. If sincere and heartfelt there will be an unexpected effect. Dance, he said, is part of the soul. [rovitavare/jogjatoday]
photo by rovitavare for jogjatoday