Inclusive Dance Practice as Disability and Empowerment in Creative Practices in Indonesia

Ms Yoana Wida  Kristiawati3

3Nalitari, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

This presentation will discuss the complex challenges for many disabled Indonesians who seek to express themselves through dance. Nalitari, as an inclusive dance organization was established in 2013 to answer the need for a physical space that could accommodate the diverse needs in the dance scene. Overtime, Nalitari’s activities have grown through assistance from the DICE program from British Council, media campaigns, performances and education programs to increase the public awareness for inclusivity in Indonesia. ¬†Furthermore, the presentation examines how an inclusive dance practice could be used to consider diversity not as a barrier, which separates people, but as an opportunity to learn from each other. This way of understanding diversity shapes Nalitari’s programs to implement the concepts of social enterprise. Inclusiveness enables the organization to embrace more people and help them developing their economies based on their respective fields. The presentation seeks to establish that Nalitari’s inclusive dancing activities become a space of possibilities for inspiration and the development of inclusive and creative economies in Indonesia.


Ms Yoana Wida Kristiawati is a graduate from Gadjah Mada University who has since developed her interest in intercultural communication studies. She is the co-founder and program manager of Nalitari, a dance company based in Yogyakarta that aims to promote inclusive dance in regional, national, and international level.


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