Oct 272014

Gamelan Music & Dance from Yogyakarta, Indonesia

November 22, 2014, 4:00-6:00pm
Bakken Auditorium (Mid-Pacific Institute)
2445 Ka`ala Street, Honolulu, HI 96822

Java-dancers1-300Featuring performers from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta, and the University of Hawai`i Javanese Gamelan Ensemble.

Ten accomplished performing artists of classical Javanese dance and music will be in residence for ten days, working closely with Hawai`i’s highly regarded 25-piece gamelan orchestra, culminating in a public concert at the lovely Bakken Auditorium on the campus of Mid-Pacific Institute in Mānoa Valley.

Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, and its island of Java is rich and diverse in culture and art. Central Java in particular is a place of great cultural significance. Cultivated for hundreds of years in the palaces of the Sultan of Yogyakarta, music and dance continue to define Javanese worldview and aesthetics. Requiring great control and deep contemplation, Javanese gamelan has been described by Andrés Segovia as “the music of the spheres.”

This program will include a broad range of Javanese works, from exquisite mask dancing, to a duel of woman warriors, to a male quartet of strength and ceremony, all to the dramatic soundscapes of the gamelan. The culmination of this diverse program is Karna’s Choice, a story about the sorrows of war, the love of a mother, and the loyalty of brothers, as told in the beloved Indian epic, the Mahabharata.

Dance Direction: Bambang Pudjasworo and Heni Winahyuningsih (ISI Yogyakarta)
Music Direction: Anon Suneka (ISI Yogyakarta), Hardja Susilo and Byron Moon (University of Hawai’i)

$10 students; $20 seniors (60+), military, EWC/UH/MPI staff
$20 adult general admission ($25 at the door)
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Free parking available; car-pooling recommended.
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Produced in cooperation with the Foundation for World Arts-Los Angeles, Hawai`i Gamelan Society, Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta (Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta), University of Hawai`i Music Department, and Mid-Pacific Institute.

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Sep 042014

700-DSC_3507-bSeptember 28, 2014 – January 11, 2015
East-West Center Gallery

Curator: Michael Schuster, Ph.D.
Installation: Lynne Najita
Artist-in-residence: Gita Kar

Narrative paintings tell stories, either as one episode or single moment in a tale, or as a sequence of events unfolding through time. The retelling of stories through narrative painting can be seen throughout India in various forms. This exhibition focuses on several unique folk art forms that tell the stories of deities from the great epics, local regional heroes, and contemporary issues important to villagers such as HIV prevention.

Traditionally, the scroll painters and narrative bards wandered from village to village singing their own compositions while unwinding their scroll paintings or opening their story boxes. Examples of this type of storytelling painting to be exhibited include the scrolls of the Patua from West Bengal and the Bhopa of Rajasthan, and the small wooden moveable temples of the Khavdia Bhat, also from Rajasthan. In addition, the exhibition will also highlight narrative folk paintings from the states of Odisha, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh.

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