Selendang Sutra dancers to take lead at City of Gosnells’ Fusion Food and Multicultural Festival


The Salandang Sutra dance troupe will perform at the City of Gosnells’ Fusion Festival.
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The Salandang Sutra dance troupe will perform at the City of Gosnells’ Fusion Festival. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d475924

PREPARE for a passionate performance when the Selendang Sutra dance troupe perform at the City of Gosnells’ Fusion Food and Multicultural Festival on Friday.

The Indonesian dancers, known for their colourful and elaborate costumes, are preparing to stage a vibrant, colourful show at the inaugural Fusion Festival.

The group started in 2003 with just four girls and gradually boosted their numbers to about 20 dancers. The troupe’s coordinator Astit Olszowy said the group’s name, which means silk veil in English, reflected their love of dance.

“It’s so fine, but it is strong and when we dance, it’s like silk floating in the air,” she said.

“It’s the title of an old song from World War II, about the army departing and one of the soldier’s fianc gave him a silk scarf.

“And when he went to war, he got wounded, but the silk tied up the wound.”

Ms Olszowy said they were equally passionate about their culture as they were about dancing and could not wait to perform at the festival.

“We love to promote our culture so people in Australia will know more about Indonesia,” she said.

“We have so many cultures in our country, so we like to show them when we are active in the community.”

Fusion Festival takes place at Mills Park, November 10 from 4pm to 9pm.

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