Tari Kreasi Baru

merak05.sTari kreasi baru (new creation dances) have been developed following Indonesian independence (1945). They use classical and folk movements in a modern setting and are designed for stage performance by dance artists. Indonesian arts institutes and universities offer degrees in choreography. Modern choreographers show great innovation in addressing new themes and incorporating movements, from both traditional Indonesian and modern dance sources, into their works.

The best known example of tari kreasi baru is the peacock dance. It is associated with West Java, as it was among the first of the new creation dances composed there after independence by Raden Tjetje Somantri. The dance shows peacocks in the garden, drinking, and displaying their feathers.