Indonesian Cultural Arts Day is Saturday, October 27

Posted on 10/16/2012 5:48:46 PM

Afternoon workshops and an evening program of music and dance on Saturday, October 27, 2012, will celebrate Indonesian traditional and contemporary cultures, highlighting performances and workshops by guest Indonesian musicians, dancers, and performing ensembles. The general public is invited, and admission is free.

Spanning 13,000 islands and a great diversity of people, Indonesia hosts a fascinating array of dynamic art forms. The IUP Indonesian Cultural Arts Day will celebrate the unique cultural arts of Indonesia with displays featuring arts from different regions of Indonesia, workshop opportunities to learn Indonesian music and dance, and an evening performance highlighting different styles of music and dance from Indonesia. These events are the culmination of the IUP International Education Week and is a featured event as part of IUP Family Weekend.

Throughout the day, an Indonesian Cultural Arts Exhibition will provide displays of Indonesian arts and crafts from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Ohio Room of the Hadley Union Building. During the afternoon, Indonesian music and dance will be seen firsthand in two workshops from 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Also in the Ohio Room, the director of the Anklung ensemble, based in Washington, D.C., will teach participants how to play traditional bamboo instruments. Those interested in dance can join the Balinese dance workshop in Cogswell Hall, Room 126. No prior experience is needed to participate in the workshops.

The evening performance starts at 7:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of Sutton Hall. Several performers will present traditional and popular Indonesian music and dance. Featured guest performers and ensembles include the Kolaborasi Gamelan Jawa (Javanese instrumental ensemble) and Calung (a bamboo instrumental ensemble) from the Pittsburgh area; Balinese dancers and the Anklung ensemble (another style of bamboo instrument ensemble) from Washington, D.C.; and Sundanese (Western Java) musical styles performed by Indra Ridwan, faculty member of the Indonesian College of Arts, Bandung, and at Pasundan University in Bandung, Indonesia.

In addition, IUP music faculty members Stanley Chepaitis and Linda Jennings will perform with the Kolaborasi Gamelan Jawa ensemble. The program will conclude with a performance of Dandung, a popular style of music, with a chance for audience members to get join in the dance.

Attendance vouchers will be available for students for the workshops and evening program. Recital attendance will be available for music students.

This program is sponsored by the IUP Office of International Education, the Indonesian Embassy, and the IUP departments of Communication Media, MIS and Decision Sciences, and Music. It is also supported by the Indonesian communities in Indiana, Pittsburgh, Monroeville, and Washington, D.C.

For more information, please contact Kustim Wibewo at (724) 357-5773 or Linda Jennings at (724) 357-2649.

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