Contemporary dance in Indonesia may have the understanding of creative dance or a new choreography based on traditional roots or modern dance .
Arison Ibnur or more known as Tom Ibnur is a choreographer whose dance works are based on Minangkabau dance traditions and Malay Zapin traditions. His most recent work titled Padusi meaning Woman, is based on the oral traditions in Minangkabau that potrays the concept of women of being strong, determined, truthful, not willing to compromise her honor, willing to defend the weak and not afraid of leaving a marriage of deceit. Among the Three legendary women from the folk tales of Minangkabau with these characteristics portrayed in Padusi, I was most impressed with Sabai Nan Alui: Skilled in the traditional Minangkabau self defence arts called silek, she defended herself and her family honor against a tyrant who murdered her father. Sabai’s father although unable to pay his debts, refused to sell her (Sabai) into a forced marriage to Datuk Maringgih the wealthy tyrant. Padusi was performed at the Jakarta Theatre in Taman Ismail Marzuki Cultural Centre on 11th May 2013, starring prominent actresses Ine Febriyanti, Jajang C Noer and Niniek L Karim. Dancers were alumni and students from the Institut Kesenian Jakarta Dance Study Program and from the Institut Seni Indonesia Padang Panjang Dance Study Program.