Tuesday, 16 July 2019 | 21:04 WIB

Formosa Taiwan Circus to Perform for First Time Ever in Indonesia

Formosa Taiwan Circus to Perform for First Time Ever in Indonesia (formosa)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Formosa Circus Art (FOCA) from Taiwan is set to perform in Indonesia for the very first time. The group's performance in Indonesia will be conducted in Jakarta and Surabaya.

This time, FOCA is held at the Balai Kartini Nusa Indah Theater (NIT) on June 27, 2019. FOCA's first appearance in Indonesia has attracted more than a thousand spectators from various elements of the public.

FOCA was held as an effort to improve cooperation in the arts. FOCA was also held in order to succeed the "New Policy to the South of Taiwan" program which focuses on mutually beneficial relations between human beings.

"Since the New Policy program to the South has been launched, cooperation between Indonesia and Taiwan in cultural exchange has become very important," said Taipei Economic and Trade Office (TETO) Representative John Chen during a press conference at Balai Kartini, Thursday evening (27 / 6/2019).

He said FOCA is a representation of the diversity of cultures and tribes in Taiwan, a form of collaboration from traditional culture, local culture, street culture and performing arts, which features modern circuses with Taiwanese characteristics.

John Chen continued that FOCA have performed in 20 countries and 50 cities in the world. They have performed in America, France, England, Spain, and this time their first performance in Indonesia.

"FOCA will hold performances in four cities in two countries, namely Jakarta and Surabaya Indonesia, and New Delhi and Chennai India. Jakarta is their first visit," John Chen said when opening FOCA at Balai Kartini.

In addition to holding performances at NIT, the FOCA group also held a cultural exchange with a traditional dance teacher studio at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII).

During a visit at TMII, the FOCA group demonstrated an acrobatic movement in the presence of dancer Sanggar TMII, and learned traditional Indonesian dances, to add to the understanding and friendship of the two parties.

Through this performance and collaboration, it is hoped that it will further enhance friendship between the people of Taiwan and Indonesia.