Mugiyono Kasido

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body, conflict, corruption, ritual
Performing Arts (dance / choreography)
Asia, Southeast
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July 11, 2003
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Mugiyono Kasido
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Disguised movements

Mugiyono Kasido grew up in a world of puppet shows. In Indonesia he became a choreographer and dancer of the highest distinction. Several of his works, such as Kabar Kabur, Bagaspati, Kosong and Amorpheus, have been shown at various festivals in Europe. They reveal a cross of cultures, since he has worked with the choreographers Denise Reyes (Philippines), Waguri (Japan), Osama (Japan), Ria Haggler (Netherlands) and Lane Savador (USA).
The dancer and choreographer Mugiyono Kasido´s delivers a subtle criticism of his home country Indonesia with his disguised and distorted moovements.

Mygiyono Kasido says about his piece
´Kabar Kabur´:

"A country is just like our body, it has some element, which have their own function and position. They should be kept in harmony, otherwise the body will go wrong, sick, and at last die in misery".

´Kabar Kabur´ is an expression generated from observing the social, economic, political situation in my homeland, which in fact runs disorderly, upside down and uncertainly. Everything sounds like ´rumours´, that are dubious, vague and hazy which one could not obviously understand. They are frequently wrongly comprehended and mistakenly interpreted.

During the performance Kabar Kabur the elastic and equilibristic Mugiyono Kasido fights against his own body indside his T-shirt.
Author: Karin Bergquist


Born in 1967 in a family of mask puppeteers in Java, Indonesia.

Attended different art, dance and theatre schools for 12 years.

During his studies at the Indonesian College of Arts in the Surakarta and the Mangkunegaran Palace, he became familiar with traditional dance and ritual movements.

In 1992 he started his dance career with own choreographies.



Production / Performance,
Bagaspati symbolizes an implizit hope, that e new era wil come and make everything better, like the sun rising, so mystic and beautiful.

Kabar Kabur (Rumours)

Production / Performance,


1992: His work "Mati Suri" was awarded Mangkunegoro 9 Trophy for Best Performer of Creative Dance.

1993: Terjarat, Best af Art Dance, Surakarta.


This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the partner institutions.


The Third Body

(02 June 04 - 13 June 04)

Images of Asia

(08 August 03 - 26 September 03)