The Janger Dance is relatively new in the development of dance in Indonesia. Created in the 1930s, it is a social dance that features dancers in pairs, the female dancers (Janger) and the male ones (Kecak) moving in cheer and excitement. It developed out of Indonesia’s history of farming as a form of entertainment while resting during a hard day’s work, a meeting point between “high” art and folk cultures in Indonesia.
At first glance, Janger Dancer strikes the viewers with its vivid colours and its unusual composition. The conversation between colours was the basis for the artist’s expression, and was in-itself impregnated with a cultural proposition. He believed that colors were “used to convey the emotional intensity of a person’s feelings and temperament. One’s ability to perceive the expressive power of colour is not only innate and personal, but it is also determined by one’s culture.”
Srihadi often featured dancers in his artwork, examining dance as a juncture to transcend the everyday, working to elevate ordinary women into elegant and poised dancers. It is the transformative nature of this process that remains so captivating today: an affirmation of the beauty in the spirit of dance.
This work has been authenticated by the artist.
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