ARCHIPELAGO ARCHIVES EXHIBIT # 05
being (matter of time)Performance / Installation, variable duration
(Excerpt from letters to Chandralekha)
As patronised in the palaces of Surakarta and Jogyakarta, Javanese court dances manifest the quality of Alus, not too far from the Sanskrit Alasya, languorousness. But while Indian dance aesthetic has associated it almost habitually with the female (Alasa-kanya), it is interpreted as a ‘soft male’ quality in Javanese dance aesthetic.
Between the dance and its dancer, Alus creates at once sensual folds and dispassionate repose, as between water and lotus.