The International Lion Dance festival was held at Jakarta, and by some chance, I happened to be in the right place at the right time!
Lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese and Indonesian cultures, in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume. It has evolved from the martial arts of Wushu into a more artistic skill which takes into account the lion’s expression and the natural movements.
Most often lion dances are staged as a cultural performance or a stunt during competitions. It has evolved and developed into this modern form on stilts, where teams compete based on the best skilled and most lively “lion”, coupled with the most creative stunts, choreographed moves and acrobatic difficulty
There were 18 teams and I witnessed the agility and creativity of two of them, one being the home country, Indonesia.
Here is a sequence of their performance…
1. The duo that is going to perform test the stilts
2. The team says a prayer before stepping into the Lion costume
3. Getting into the costume
4. The audience wait with bated breaths…
and just to make it clear…
5. The Lion is ready for the leap
6. The musicians captivate the spectators and judges with heart-throbbing rhythmic and pulsating live instruments
7. And the lion dances…
… so, how was it?
9. A final salute to the audience
10. The judges doing their thing…
11. And the winner is………..
12. [The ‘I was there’ picture] ;)