IBUIBU BELU is the culmination of two years of research by Indonesian dancer and choreographer Eko Supriyanto into the Likurai, a dance tradition which forms a vital thread in the social fabric across the island of Timor, Indonesia. Through his exploration of movement, rhythm, songs and textile traditions makes manifest the ways in which Likurai dance carries the kinship of people, who are now divided by politically imposed borders separating Nusa Tenggara Timur and neighbouring Timor-Leste. These embodied memories and histories are expressed in Likurai, paradoxical proof that bodies challenge political boundaries while at the same time remaining restricted by them.

Artistic Team

Choreographer | Eko Supriyanto 

Dancers | Feliciana Soares, Evie Anika Novita Nalle, Angela Lavenia Leki, Adriyani Sindi Manisa Hale, Marlince Ratu Dabbo, Yunita Dahu 

Dramaturg | Renee Sariwulan 

Dramaturgy/creative presence | Arco Renz 

Music director | Dimawan Krisnowo Adji 

Lighting design | Jan Maertens 

Costume designer | Vivi Ng, Erika Dian 

Producer | Sadiah Boonstra 

Tour manager | Isa Natadiningrat 

Rehearsal assistant | Riyo Tulus Pernando 

Production | EkosDance Company 

Co-producers | Provincial Government Belu (Atambua, Indonesia), Asia TOPA (Melbourne, Australia), Theater im Pumpenhaus (Münster, Germany), SPRING Festival (Utrecht, the Netherlands), TPAM - Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama (Yokohama, Japan), Komunitas Salihara (Jakarta, Indonesia), Ratnasari Langit Pitu (Jakarta, Indonesia) 

IBUIBU BELU: Bodies of Borders ©Ekosdance Company 

Photos of dancers in Belu ©David Gesuri/Ekosdance Company 

Photos of IBUIBU BELU: Bodies of Borders at Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama - TPAM © Hideto Maezawa/TPAM 

Sadiah Boonstra © 2020

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