Pendet Dance indeed has a strong charismatic. Many people are interested in presenting the traditional dance. Aside from the people from this archipelago, many foreign tourists also have similar great interests. At this time, the newcomer pop singer Deasy Natalina also gets interested in the dance owned by the Balinese community. “I deliberately come to Bali to learn Pendet Dance,” she said.
During her three-day stay on the island, the singer from North Sumatra chose to have an artist-in-residence program at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar. After meeting with the Rector of the ISI Denpasar, I Gede Arya Sugiartha, she then got involved in serious practice. “Bali has a lot of dances, but the Pendet Dance is very unique. For few times joining the Indonesian art mission overseas, I always saw Pendet Dance which is identical to the Balinese,” she said.
The singer of the single “First Love” was planning to make a video clip for her second single album in April 2014 by presenting Pendet Dance. Other than loving the arts of Indonesia, she also chose Balinese dance to support the album featuring the ethnic music of Bali. “I’m attempting to learn more about the Balinese traditional dances that have been famous to overseas,” she said.
According to Deasy, learning the right Pendet Dance was hard enough. Although she had already mastered dozens of traditional dances of Sumatra including the Tor-Tor, Malay, Toba and Karo, as a beginner she admitted to still get difficulty. “All elements of the body have to move, starting from the head till toe are moving, it is difficult. The whole body seems painful,” said Deasy Natalina after learning to dance with the lecturers of the ISI, AAA Mayun Hartati and I Wayan Sutirta.
Although she had not completely mastered the dance, Deasy Natalina said to be happy because she had already known about the basics of the Balinese exotic dance. In the Balinese dance, she felt a mystical nuance of the temple, intense indigenous culture and really felt that Bali was truly the Island of the Gods. “Dancing Balinese dance, in fact, is more difficult than singing,” she said with prideful smile. (BTN/015)