Five young female dancers from Jailolo give voice to the remote community of Eastern Indonedia. Slow, rhythmic movement patterns create an image of strength, not in protest nor opposition but through the carving of space. Space for the individual amidst the noise of duties. A space of potential, of creation - held by the women of remote regions.
In Balabala hierarchies of culture and gender give way to the strength of these young women. Founded on the Pencat Silat (Indonesian martial arts) philosophy of the nine directions and the multiple roles of women in Indonesia, Balabala is the powerful new voice in contemporary dance by Eko Supriyanto.