The dance drama Mandalika is the story of a legend from Lombok Island in Indonesia, which will be presented at the National Theatre in Belgrade on the little scene “Rasha Plaovic” on September 6, 2022, at 7 p.m.
This dance drama is the story of a princess known for beauty and virtue, so many princes from other kingdoms around her fight for her. In this situation, Princess Mandalica ultimately sacrifices herself to avoid a conflict between kingdoms over the battle over her.
In addition to the dance drama, there will be an exhibition presenting Indonesia’s most beautiful tourist destination and traditional musical instruments from Kolintang that will be performed before and after the performance.
The series of activities are organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Belgrade to mark the 77th anniversary of the Day of Independence of the Republic of Indonesia. The dance drama will be performed by the Bidadari dance group established by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Belgrade in 2004. Many of these dance group members have been able to study art and culture in Indonesia through the scholarship programme of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.
In addition to presenting Indonesian art and culture to audiences in Serbia, performing the Mandalica dance drama featuring dancers and musicians from Serbia, we hope this will further cement the friendship between the people of Serbia and Indonesia that began in 1954 through the establishment of bilateral relations. So far, the two countries have continued to nurture friendships through cooperation in the economy, politics, education, art and culture.