by Bramantyo Indirawan
Everything moves fast, information flows endlessly—the comforting technology and advances seemingly accelerate us into submission. At that pace we forgot what it means to be a living human being, surrounded by all the wonders that the world bestowed upon us. Take a deep breath, be in the moment, and pause. “Celebrate life!” as what Serrano Sianturi (1960-2019) said.
At the end of April 2019, Sacred Bridge Foundation (SBF) transformed the words of their former chairman and co-founder into the second pre-event of Sacred Rhythm Reborn Unison (SRRU). For three days on 26, 27, 28 April, Semsar Siahaan (1952-2005) and Adikara Rahman paintings along with other works from SBF were showcased in Museum Nasional Indonesia, Central Jakarta.
The first pre-event was held in Sanur, Bali on 13th August 2018. In the process after the first to the second one, SBF was struck by tragedy with the passing of Serrano. But this didn’t break down the younger generation’s spirit, they rose above the current with persistency and proceeded with the program that finally produced another SRRU pre-event titled Celebrate Life. Just like the name, a celebration of life was held at Indonesia’s capital.
Sacred Rhythm was first held in 1998 and the latest event continued the legacy by being “reborn” through a spectacle that unites arts, science, and conscience. Amidst the hustle bustle of city life, people witnessed a sacred performance on 26th April as the opening night of SRRU.
Phones were turned off, those who regularly play with their gadgets and capture everything in front of their eyes were asked to not disturb the performance with anything including mobile devices for the sake of sacredness. We took a deep breath, tried to be in the moment, and pause.
Canang 7 Atjeh Ensamble from Aceh opened the celebration with a mezmerizing performance that brought the audience to a trance. A prayer to God that started the second pre-event of SRRU into life, the crowd was silent—focused on the chants and instruments that created a dynamic music.
I Nyoman Astita, Gado Gado Ensambal, Namarina Youth Dance (NYD), along with other musicians also performed to celebrate the night away. From Kotekan that combined Balinese and Western classical music, Cosmic Gamelan that accompanied the eclectic dance of NYD, to a debut of Balinese musical piece outside its birthplace titled Genggong that uplifted those who witnessed it.
The celebration was visible, people expressed their emotion while watching all the performers. Claps, standing ovation, and a few gadgets to capture the moment filled the room in a spirit of appreciation.
No, the night wasn’t perfect. A few setbacks such as an hour delay in starting the show was one of troubles that SRRU and the SBF team had to endure. Technical problems emerged when the musicians finished a piece and tried to play another with different settings. But just like life itself, it must go on whatever happens along the way. They soldiered on, and the second pre-event imitated life itself where ups and downs coexist in harmony.
At the end, SRRU continued through the second pre-event, a process of rebirth is at stake and the main event will act as a realisation of it. In the path a pause is needed, not to rest but to take a moment and celebrate life. The night ended with a piece titled Celebration, it started with the lyric “Mari rayakan hidup,” or in English “Let’s celebrate life”.
Author: Bramantyo Indirawan
Freelance Journalist and Writer