Dual Face | Dwimuka
Didik Nini Thowok
Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Ibrahim Theater @ International House Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia)
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This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Wyncote Foundation.
A gesture. A smile. A costume. All define our identity—or do they? Renowned Indonesian cross-gender dancer Didik Nini Thowok reveals a radiant and insightful artistic interpretation.
As Indonesia's most acclaimed cross-gender dance artist, Didik Nini Thowok is the successor of many cross-gender dance forms in Indonesia. Combining diverse classical, modern and contemporary movement techniques, Thowok crosses intersecting layers of gender and cultural identity through richly storied dances and his own distinctive comedic expression.
Didik Nini Thowok is the director of the Vocational Dance Education of Natya Lakshita Institute, the Didik Nini Thowok Foundation, and the Didik Nini Thowok Entertainment, and has has performed for dignitaries throughout the world. His unique style combines classical, folk, modern, and comedic dance, as well as various forms stemming from topeng (mask dance), Sudanese, Cirebon, Balinese, and Central Javanese traditions.
Thowok is a thoughtful artist who deftly uses storytelling and comic gesture to present a layered look at gender identity within the historic yet marginalized art form of cross-gender dance. Thowok believes that dance is a vehicle to entertain and to cheer up the heart and soul of the public.