Suara (The Voice)

October is a special month. It's a month not only for Halloween but also a Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence should not happen to anybody. Yet, it is still happening right now. It happens among couples (married or unmarried). It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels. Women are more commonly victimized. Knowing that Kelola For Arts and Culture held a dance performance about domestic violence entitled, "Suara" at Goethe Haus Jakarta, I rushed myself to reserve a spot.

About "Suara" (The Voice)

Domestic violence is not easy to detect by society. Because, half of the victims or witnesses remain silence and keep that horrible experiences by themselves. Another half, decided to act. One of them is Nabilla Rasul. She is one of the witness, who dare to recall those horrible moments and express those feelings into movements called "Suara" (The Voice).

The choreography tells about domestic violence that is happening in our society. Through eight graceful dancers on stage, Nabilla shows how domestic violence occurs. How women, as a victims, feel the terror behind the joy of family. Not only tell a story, "Suara" (The Voice) also asks the audience to stand and speak out against it.

For almost an hour, my eyes were captivated by the beauty movements. The moves show the strength of battered women. The emotions tell how hard it is to struggle the battle. I was drowning by the moves. I was touched by the emotions. Simple stage combined with glorious lighting made it perfect. And I'm a proud Indonesian to have Nabilla Rasul. She is truly an inspiring choreographer in such a young age.

What I learned from that night were: domestic violence was and is never okay; besides, help is the victims for the asking. If you happen to be witness of it, please be sure to share and ask for help also. Because domestic violence should not happen to anybody. Ever.


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