“Bulu Gila” or Crazy Bamboo is the name of this dance, which is taken from Central Maluku folk game. This dance illustrates the situation during the game when the players follow the action of the crazy bamboo moved by a magical power.The motion of dancers signify the unity in society and their mutual cooperation regardless of race, religion, or social classes.
This amazing group was founded long before the Maluku ‘interreligious” conflict occurred in 1999-2004. This dance group, that consisted of 60 young Malukan dancers from many different religious background, was not totally hammered by the conflict. In their practice sessions they used to exercise a sort of music meditation and pray in turn together, according to each faith affiliation. These sessions were generally based on prayers from Islam and Christianity added to the actual dance practice. The years devoted to their process brought these young dancers closer, as friends in everyday life.
During the conflict, their dancing class did not stop, though the frequency of its sessions decreased. Clandestinely, the exercise was still carried out, even the moment of meditation and prayer continued as before. Indeed, some of these young dancers were also involved in the conflict, to defend their own faith community; but when they met each other in dancing sessions they became friends again. In their view, conflict can happen, but dancing class should continue, as well as their friendships there. This proves clearly how powerful the friendship web has been for creating a peaceful space for interreligious encounter.