Juan Carlos Osma and Dayana Hardy Acuna

West Australian Ballet in Jakarta – Building Cultural Bridges through Ballet

News in collaboration with Jakarta Arts Council proudly presents Historia: The Journey of Ballet in Indonesia. Historia consists of an Exhibition and a Dance Showcase, featuring a performance by West Australian Ballet (WAB) and a piece choreographed by former WAB Demi-Soloist Christopher Hill, to celebrate Indonesia’s 174 year long history with the art form.


Taking place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July in Jakarta, Historia will take audiences from the birth of ballet in Indonesia in 1845—to the present, narrating Indonesian ballet’s advancements based on the research of Co-Founder of Meutia Chaerani.


The Dance Showcase will consist of a 60 minute Gala of performances by Ballet Sumber Cipta, Cicilia Ballet, EKI Dance Company, Marlupi Dance Academy and Namarina Youth Dance and will feature a performance born from the collaboration between West Australian Ballet and through the creation of the Indonesian Youth Ensemble (IYE). The premiere of the piece performed by IYE has been choreographed on their dancers by former WAB Demi-Soloist Christopher Hill.


“West Australian Ballet has been a huge supporter of for the past five years”, says WAB Executive Director, Jessica Machin. “The collaboration between WAB and aims to continue to grow ballet as an art form in Indonesia and to support their vision to establish a professional Ballet Company in Jakarta”.


“Working with the Indonesian Youth Ensemble has been an incredibly enriching experience for myself and the students”, says Christopher Hill. “Seeing them develop their skills in such a short time has just been beautiful to watch.”


The Dance Showcase will also include two Pas de Deux (duets) by West Australian Ballet’s newest Soloists Dayana Hardy and Juan Carlos Osma. Hardy and Osma will perform a beautiful adagio, to the lyrical music of Tchaikovsky in the White Swan Pas de Deux. The duet has been choreographed by WAB Artistic Director, Aurélien Scannella and WAB Principal Ballet Mistress and Artistic Associate, Sandy Delasalle (after ballet great, Marius Petipa).


Hardy and Osma’s second Pas de Deux is an excerpt from In-Synch which was part of WAB’s In-Synch: Ballet at the Quarry season earlier this year. The excerpt is an improvised dance work set to a randomly selected modern orchestral soundtrack which showcases the couple’s exceptional improv skills live to audience members.


West Australian Ballet’s involvement in Historia has been supported by WAB Principal Partner Woodside Energy and the Australian Embassy Jakarta.