Fes­ti­val dancers take the lead

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PRE­PARE for a pas­sion­ate per­for­mance when the Sa­lan­dang Su­tra dance troupe per­form at the City of Gosnells’ Fu­sion Food and Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val on Fri­day.

The In­done­sian dancers, known for their colour­ful and elab­o­rate cos­tumes, are pre­par­ing to stage a vi­brant, colour­ful show at the in­au­gu­ral Fu­sion Fes­ti­val.

The group started in 2003 with just four girls and grad­u­ally boosted their num­bers to about 20 dancers. The troupe’s co­or­di­na­tor Astit Ol­szowy said the group’s name, which means silk veil in English, re­flected their love of dance.

“It’s so fine, but it is strong and when we dance, it’s like silk float­ing in the air,” she said.

“It’s the ti­tle of an old song from World War II, about the army de­part­ing and one of the sol­dier’s fi­ancé gave him a silk scarf.

“And when he went to war, he got wounded, but the silk tied up the wound.”

Ms Ol­szowy said they were equally pas­sion­ate about their cul­ture as they were about danc­ing and could not wait to per­form at the fes­ti­val.

“We love to pro­mote our cul­ture so peo­ple in Aus­tralia will know more about In­done­sia,” she said.

“We have so many cul­tures in our coun­try, so we like to show them when we are ac­tive in the com­mu­nity.”

Fu­sion Fes­ti­val takes place at Mills Park, Novem­ber 10 from 4pm to 9pm.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d475924

The Sa­lan­dang Su­tra dance troupe will per­form at the City of Gosnells’ Fu­sion Fes­ti­val.

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