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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Major support for this performance has been provided through the generosity of the Wyncote FoundationSignificant additional support has been provided by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture.

A gesture. A smile. A costume. All define our identity—or do they? In his thought-provoking and comedic answer, renowned Indonesian cross-gender dancer Didik Nini Thowok creates a unique and radiant artistic world.

For one week, Indonesia's most acclaimed cross-gender dance artist, Didik Nini Thowok visits Philadelphia for performance, lectures, and a completely unique master dance class. Don't miss three chances to see and learn from Didik Nini Thowok!

Lecture and Demonstration: Dance and Gender

Tuesday, March 6 at 4:30 pm

Jaipong Banyumasan Workshop

Saturday, March 10 at 4 pm

Dual Face | Dwimuka

Sunday, March 11 at 7 pm

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. 


Jakarta-born Ratri Anindyajati is an independent producer and official Producer/International Representative of Didik Nini Thowok. A graduate of the MFA Creative Producing and Management Program at California Institute of the Arts, Ratri serves as curator, dramaturg, and cultural liaison for Didik’s international performances. Before relocating to Los Angeles, Ratri was a producer at the Indonesian Dance Festival, an international contemporary dance festival in Jakarta, as well as arts management and production collaborator at European festivals including Impulstanz (Vienna, Austria) and Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, Belgium). https://www.anindyafoundation.org/artofdidik

Sean Hayward is a composer and performer based in Los Angeles and Surakarta, Indonesia. His music is a reflection of his wide ranging interests, which include Javanese gamelan, process music, Balkan folk music, the contemporary classical guitar, extreme metal, and ancient tuning systems. Sean is a doctoral candidate in the Performer-Composer program at the California Institute of the Arts where he also serves as a lecturer. Hayward performs regularly as one half of the guitar violin duo, Duo Meranti, an ongoing collaboration with composer-violinist, Chrysanthe Tan. Sean is also the founder of the experimental Indonesian music collective, Gamelan Suara Baru. http://www.haywardsound.com/