DIDIK NINI THOWOK is one of the most celebrated dancers in Indonesia, and a multi–talented artist (dancer, teacher, performance artist, mimer, actor, make-up artist, comedian, and singer). He is renowned for his superb interpretation of traditional dances of many regions of Indonesia. He is also an outstandingly original choreographer whose work is acclaimed internationally.
Didik Nini Thowok is one of a select group of artists who maintain the ancient art of cross-gender representation in dance. His skill in impersonating female characters, and his artistry in various dance traditions such as topeng (mask dance), have astonished audiences throughout the world. In addition he is a highly entertaining comic performer.
A highlight of this event will be the performance of Gareth Farr’s ‘Rona e te Marama’ – dramatic music for Javanese and Balinese gamelan together, to which Didik dances the traditional Māori story of Rona and the Moon. This work was commissioned by Creative New Zealand and was premiered at the 2007 Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival in Java, Indonesia. There it was performed by Didik with Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya.
Didik's website: www.didikninithowok.info
Gamelan Padhang Moncar's website: www.gamelan.org.nz