About Nan Jombang
Founded in 1983 by Artistic Director Ery Mefri, Nan Jombang Dance is Indonesia’s leading contemporary dance company. Based in Padang, West Sumatra, Nan Jombang Dance is rooted in Minangkabau (West Sumatra, Indonesia) traditions of martial arts, dance and percussion. The company strives to preserve local tradition alongside contemporary practice.
Nan Jombang Dance uphold endurance, rigorous discipline and integrity not only on stage and in the rehearsal room but as core philosophies that have steered the company through numerous hardships including the 2009 Padang earthquake that destroyed their rehearsal space and claimed the lives of over 1000 people, injuring a further 3000. With the first international tour in 2004, Nan Jombang have steadily developed into an internationally renowned contemporary company with a thriving choreographic centre and theatre venue, Ladang Tari on the edge of Padang, Sumatra.
The company operates as both an international dance company with a significant body of work and also as a pivotal facilitator of community programs, including mentoring, classes and local and international festivals. The company plays an invaluable role within the West Sumatran community and the landscape of contemporary Indonesian performing arts.