The First Betawi Flashmob Dance Set to Break Records

By webadmin on 09:04 am May 12, 2012
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Mustika Hapsoro

Urban Jakartans
have become increasingly alert to the potential dangers presented by
lack of exercise, especially in a metropolitan city where time is a
luxury most people cannot afford. Earlier this week Jakarta Governor
Fauzi Bowo announced that the city will increase the frequency of
car-free days from twice a month to every Sunday.

This Sunday,
thousands of Jakartans will gather in the capital’s busiest streets —
Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Thamrin — to run, dance, and celebrate the
appreciation towards Jakarta in a collaboration event by Indorunners
community, Abang-None Jakarta Association, and Indonesian Dance
Festival. The three-hour event will bear “Run and Rhythm for Your Heart”
as its motto.

The event will start at 6 a.m. with runners from
the Indorunners community and the general public running for five
kilometers from HI traffic circle to Jalan Sudirman and back. The
marathon is intended to promote and incorporate a healthy lifestyle to
busy Jakartans. As we know, a healthy population is essential to build a
healthy nation.

Following the marathon, Ikatan Abang None
Jakarta (Abang None Jakarta Association), in accordance with promoting
the 2012 pageant and campaigning Indonesian Dance Festival to be held in
June, invites all Jakartans to join them and be a part of history in
performing the first grand flashmob choreographed after the traditional
Betawi dance, “nandak.” The Jakarta Fun Run and Dance is set to break
the Indonesian Museum of Records for the first and biggest flashmob
dance in Indonesia.

The Abang-None, a Jakartan dialect for Mister
and Miss, are cultural and tourism ambassadors of Jakarta. Hundreds of
the pageant’s past winners and finalists of Jakarta’s five
municipalities and the Thousand Island district will partake in the
flashmob.

Through the flashmob, Jakartans of all age, profession,
and social background can gather in a huge crowd celebrating and
preserving the capital’s fading arts and cultures. Nandak is a dance
style illustrating the jovial and energetic entrance into adolescence.
Flashmobs are large numbers of seemingly random bystanders suddenly
breaking into dance moves or any other seemingly pointless activity in
public spaces before dispersing and carrying on their previous activity.
The purpose behind flashmobs vary from entertainment, promotion, to
artistic expression. The phenomenon has taken the world by storm, from
the busy streets of New York City, to the upcoming event in HI traffic
circle, Jakarta, catching the attention of people worldwide. Recently
flashmobs have become a trend in Indonesia, as they catch people’s
attention to promote products and awareness of causes.

Roadshows
by the Abang-None Jakarta for the choreography have been held throughout
the six areas of the city to ensure the success of the event. Exercises
were also held on Thursday at the Nyi Agung Serang building, Kuningan,
South Jakarta. Those who couldn’t make the practice need not worry, as
the dance instructions are posted on YouTube in a three-minute long
video demonstrated. (Click here for video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZyHI6KzUIM).

The dance also
incorporates “silat Betawi” — traditional self-defense moves — which can
be substituted freely. The music used for the dance is the
“Ondel-Ondel” instrumental composed by the late Joko S. and rearranged
by violinist Clarissa Tamara.

“For the Jakarta Fun Run and Dance,
we expect running to become a lifestyle in Indonesia and not just a
trend. Right now we’re focusing more towards Jakarta,” said Angga
Adhitya Syailendra, chairman of the Jakarta Fun Run and Dance committee.

“As
for the flashmob event, we want to promote dancing, especially
Indonesian traditional dancing, as a fun way to do something healthy. We
want to present something different with the flashmob. As we know,
flash mobs are originated from the West. In this event, we want to put a
twist and incorporate something traditional to it.”

Desi
Rismawan of None East Jakarta 2011 said, “The purpose of this event is
basically to preserve Betawi culture in a modern way that involves young
generation.”

“We try to show the Jakarta society that preserving
Betawinese traditional culture could be conducted in a fun way,”
continued Rismawan, “It’s a real action from the Abang-None community to
our beloved city and its culture.”