A group of artists from Karangasem, Bali, Dewari Swari and Sekar performed “Gebug Light – Bala Samar” at Auditorium Galeri Indonesia Kaya in Jakarta on 5 March. Inspired by several sacred dances in Bali where the dancers become the medium of the gods and spirits to cleanse the earth, the performance was held on a dark stage.

The unique concept of the dark-stage dance aims to convey reality through the dancers’ bodies as an expression of the spirits that permeate through different shades of colours. The creator tried to transform the typical Karangasem songket motives that are actually artifacts of the people of Karangasem on the dancer’s body, using ultraviolet paint that can be seen in the dark.

“Gebug Light – Bala Samar” itself talks about a cultural tradition in the Seraya village in Karangasem regency, usually held at the start of dry the season, Gebug Ende (rattan war), to invoke the rain. The blood of the fighters is considered to invite the rain. The people of Seraya were formerly the ‘right-hand’ of Karangasem's King.

Dewari Swari and Sekar is an art community that joined a workshop with well-known director Garin Nugroho. Garin Nugroho together with Galeri Indonesia Kaya developed a programme last year focusing on arts performances titled “Ruang Kreatif: Seni Pertunjukkan Indonesia bersama Garin Nugroho “ (Creative Space: Indonesian Art Performances with Garin Nugroho). Among 25 participants, 10 winners were chosen; these winners will perform at Auditorium Galeri Indonesia Kaya every weekend until 2 April. 

Besides Garin Nugroho, Yudi Ahmad and Eko Supriyanto have also served as mentors to the winners of the Creative Space Programme which has been running since last August. Jakartans still have the chance to catch eight more great performances. For more details, see the schedule below:

Days & Dates


Event Title

Arts Group


Saturday, 11 March

3 PM

Lukah Gilo

Mila Art Dance


Sunday, 12 March

3 PM

Tri Mbak Kentir

Regeneration Theatre


Saturday, 18 March

3 PM


Kawung Art.Culture.Wisdom


Sunday, 19 March

3 PM

Rhythm of Saman

Gaya Gayo


Saturday, 25 March

3 PM

Roro Sendari

Semarang Magic Community


Sunday, 26 March

3 PM

Film Live Music Scoring : Sebelum Tidur

Logika Rasa


Saturday, 1 April

3 PM

Kukusan Paon



Sunday, 2 April

3 PM


Solo Dance Studio

Sari Widiati

Sari Widiati

Sari has been an arts and culture enthusiast for many years. She has written extensively on the arts, travel, and social issues as Features Writer at NOW! Jakarta.