Reinventing Ephemerality and Indigenous Knowledge in Virtual Dance at Gorontalo

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Riana Diah Sitharesmi



The digital technology created a virtual world, which allowed an acculturation of our dance with digital technology as a new culture, virtual culture.  Strengthened by the global condition of Covid-19, the process of deconstructing dance creativity wishfully participated to the innovation demand of the contemporary. Now that we meet the post-Covid 19, the nature of dance has again been challenged to reposit and redefine the dance form into the age of post-digital. While some questions remained unanswered, we must explore the consequences of digital era for the benefit of dance novelty. Concerning young choreographers at Gorontalo who created their virtual dances through the facility of instant application, the imperative of my research is to find how the euphoria of choreographing dance virtual at Gorontalo will accommodate the presence of “the spirit of ephemerality”, and how the indigenous knowledge will be re-explored to bring back the humanity themes in their future creations beyond the digital technology. The research focuses on the investigation upon young choreographers at Gorontalo, conducted through observing their virtual dances.  The unstructured interviews were attempted to obtain emic data of choreographers and performers’ new experiences of creating virtual dances during post-Covid 19. Selected literature sources on virtual art and technology were used to construct the insight into aesthetic inquiries, and to reflectively evaluate dance essentials. The result shows that the positive responds upon the outcome of having their dances digitised and virtualised bring the Gorontalo young choreographers put the effort in reinventing the “spirit of ephemerality”, and that by exploring the indigenous knowledge they also bring back the sense of humanity in embracing their future creations beyond the digital technology.    

Keywords: virtual choreography, indigenous knowledge, ephemerality, sense of humanity


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