Dance from the Streets to the Stage

Event/Exhibition: Balabala

Sydney Festival presents Balabala, a dance repertoire by Indonesian choreographer Eko Supriyanto.

Performed by five women from North Maluku, Indonesia, the piece draws on the traditional martial art of Pencak Silat. Balabala sees the youth finding power against hierarchies of culture and gender through movement.

Collaborating with choreographer Arco Renz, Supriyanto’s Balabala seeks to give tribute to the Indonesian women of the past and the present.

For tickets and more information, head to Sydney Festival website.


Carriageworks, Bay 17, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh | January 7-10, 2017

Music: Sia’s New Music Video Pays Tribute To Orlando Victims

Sia honours the victims of Orlando nightclub shooting in her new music video, about three months after the tragedy.

The video for Sia’s song, “The Greatest” features 49 young performers (the same number of victims who died at the Pulse nightclub), with lead dancer Maddie Ziegler putting rainbow paints on her face. In one scene, the dancers suddenly fall on the floor, revealing bullet-ridden walls behind them. While Sia has not confirmed this interpretation, a number of dancers featured in the video have voiced out the same messages.

“The Greatest” is the lead single from Sia’s upcoming album, We Are Your Children. The song features Kendrick Lamar, although his verse was cut in the video.