FALLING IN SILENCE
with dance, live gamelan, string orchestra and poetry
For this choreography De Jong was inspired by the ‘rites de passage’ that are commonly practised on the Indonesian island of Bali. A child on its way to adulthood goes through many stages. In Balinese culture these are thoroughly marked by the so called (anthropological) term ‘rites of passage’.
It is only after 210 days that a newborn child on Bali for the first time touches the ground (this is called the Nyabutan ceremony). This marks the stage that it leaves the divine world and enters that of human beings. In the period preceding this ceremony its family members lovingly carried the child. Once on the ground and through the following years it slowly starts to realize that sometimes it has to leave old and familiar paths in order to take new steps that will lead you to a new and fresh place.
In Jatuh Bisu / Falling in Silence the eponymous poem of Balinese writer I Ketut Yuliarsa is being unravelled when one of the dancers is being carried through the air. Actor Dion Vincken has a two-sided character during this performance. Not only does he read the poem of Yuliarsa, but also he observes the developments of the performance while sitting at the edge of the stage. The role of the outsider is an often-returning element in the work of De Jong.
For this piece De Jong worked with composer Sinta Wullur (born in Indonesia, but living in The Nether-lands for over 20 years), who wrote a piece called 'Baliade' for her chromatic gamelan ensemble Multifoon and string orchestra.
daun kering gugur
Tunggu dan dengar
Tapi jangan terperosok
Falling in silence
a dry leaf falls
A breathe of wind
Holding it's sway
Ever so slightly
Wait and listen
But do not stumble
Into the depths
poem by I Ketut Yuliarsa
Jatuh Bisu / Falling in Silence was performed in the presence of princess Máxima (now queen of The Netherlands) for the opening of Kosmopolis / House of Cultures (2006) in the World Museum Rotterdam and for the opening of the World Music and Dance Centre Rotterdam (2006).
Concept & choreography Aafke de Jong
Music Sinta Wullur (chromatic gamelan ensemble Multifoon & Doelen Kwartet/Zephyr Kwartet) Actor/voice:Dion Vincken
Poem I Ketut Yuliarsa
Costumes Aafke de Jong