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
Wednesday, March 7 at 6 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.