Alfira O'Sullivan

Acehnese sitting dances, encompassing synchronised movement, melodic songs and body percussion, have been transmitted into the cities through Indonesia’s recent history.

This has resulted in their widespread usage and popularity, centred in the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta. As they have moved from the countryside to the urban environment, and from the periphery to the centre, they have demonstrated both continuity and change.

Issues surrounding the practice and performance of Acehnese sitting dances include how a traditional art form has responded to Aceh’s 30-year conflict and tsunami disaster, and how it has reacted to the pressures of globalisation and the market economy.

Alfira will share a presentation of her work, followed by an embodied participation activity, based around her practice of contemporary Indonesian dance styles and Acehnese sitting dance.

Practice Sharing is an arena to enter into artistic dialogue, an opportunity to share skills, a space for physical thinking, and a way to engage in different creative practices.

Facilitated by established local dance artists and visiting guest artists, the sessions are presented in an open, workshop-style format that may move between dancing, writing, choreographic research and discussion. 


31 March 2023


King Street Arts Centre,
365 Murray St, Perth


FREE for current STRUT members

$10 for non members


Please register, book in HERE!


The practice sharing will take place over two hours.

The first hour will consist of a presentation by Alfira. Chairs will be available.

The second hour will offer an invitation to participate in an embodied activity, led by Alfira.

This workshop is open to all levels of dance experience and knowledge.

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