Many of the movements in the dance resembled elements of the physical landscape and were accompanied by traditional Indonesian chants.
The students were inspired by complex body percussion patterns involving interlocking rhythms and movements across their body. In addition, students created rhythms using a type of fisherman pants known as “drumming pants”. The fabric of the pants are stretched in between the legs and played like a hand drum.
“It’s wonderful seeing the students immersed in such a rich and diverse musical tradition,” said Head of Primary Music Nik Glass.
“Dances work collaboratively with complementary movements that resemble physical elements of the Acehnese landscapes such as waves in the ocean. The interaction of movements is mesmerising.
“The students loved moving and singing traditional Indonesian songs and the dance moves added a layer of complexity which really challenged and engaged them.”
Year 5 will continue to hone their body percussion movements during Music lessons, culminating in a performance at International Day later in the year.
This innovative program is run annually and draws on links between our Music, PDHPE and Language curricula.