Hailing from the island of Sumatra, apart from Indonesia's dominant cultures, Nan Jombang is a family of artists whose work describes a compelling mix of Minangkabau performing arts traditions (drumming, dance and martial arts), spiritual practice, and contemporary movement making. Percussive, persuasive and vital modern dance, choreographer Ery Mefri examines and imagines movement and sound elements in new ways and contexts to express contemporary ideas, emotions, and dynamics. Nan Jombang made their US debut with Center Stage Tour.
Martial arts, body drumming and chanting are age-old traditions; using simple means and an eye for sharp visual impact, [choreographer] Ery Mefri has woven them into fascinating theater... An extraordinary dance group.
THE WASHINGTON POST
sEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2012: u.S. DEBUT... 7 ARTISTS... 12 PERFORMANCES... 22 ACTIVITIES
The Kennedy Center - Washington, DC
Dance Place - Washington, DC
FirstWorks - Providence, RI
Fall for Dance, City Center - New York, NY
Asia Society - New York, NY
REDCAT - Los Angeles, CA
in the press
- Center Stage Blog: Taking A Look Back At Center Stage's First Round
- The Washington Post: Nan Jombang Brings Indonesian Dance to U.S.
- CU Arts Blog: Let Nan Jombang and Asia Society Whisk You Away