A blog on the performing arts of Indonesia - performances, films and videos, meetings, noteworthy discussions and ongoing research into Indonesian performance from a transnational perspective.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I am currently in the UK preparing for a big wayang performance on 28/29 April with musical director John Pawson and a large number of gamelan musicians from around the country - celebrating the 30th anniversary of the University of York's gamelan Sekar Pethak. Rehearsals of this have taken me around the country (London, Oxford, Bristol, Glasgow, Durham, York).
One of the organizers of this wayang (which is a high point of a gamelan symposium) has set up a posterous space (http://lokananta.posterous.com) and I've been blogging there - providing 'dhalang updates' for the benefit of contributors to this massive event. The tour has been interesting for me on multiple levels - and provided a nice break from my sabbatical at NIAS this year. Inevitably the experience of touring will work itself into the wayang itself - always a reflexive medium.
I started this blog in October 2008 in preparation for a trip to Indonesia. It is a space to share some of my thoughts and ideas about what I am writing, researching, studying, performing and thinking about. I have long-standing research interests in the world of wayang; Indonesia's diverse popular theatres such as komedi stambul, ketoprak, ludruk, sandiwara and tarling; and the arts and culture of Cirebon. I am also a practicing dalang (shadow puppeteer) - having studied at both ISI Surakarta and with a number of Cirebon puppeteers. I use this blog to report on all Indonesian performing arts - folk, classical, popular and modern - as well as visual culture on occasion.
I am Professor of International Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, with research interests in Indonesian performing arts and traditions of puppetry around the world. I also perform as a shadow puppeteer (dalang) on occasion - see http://kandabuwana.wordpress.com/