Southeast Asia Language and Literature Cultural Festival 2010

Southeast Asia Language and Literature Cultural Festival 2010

(scroll down for descriptions of performances and performers)

PROGRAM STARTS MC - Vy Khanh Tran, Yale College 2012
MC - Paul Tran, Yale College 2010
OPENING Professor J. Joseph Errington 
Chair of the Council on Southeast Asia Studies
GABOR Dance* Shoko Yamamuro, Middletown
ANGKLUNG* Indonesian Community of CT
PANJI GUNUNGSARI Dance* Urip Sri Maeny, Wesleyan
COSTUMES Show Malaysian Community of CT
LION Dance* Yale Lion Dance Troupe
TOPENG KERAS Dance* Pete Steele, Wesleyan
CLOSING Quang Phu Van, Vietnamese Language and Literature Faculty
GABOR Dance, Shoko Yamamuro, Middletown, CT

A famous Balinese welcome dance. While the composer is unknown, some speculate that it comes from the village of Saba. This dance is typically performed at the beginning of Balinese performances as a means of welcoming the audience.

Shoko Yamamuro has been studying Balinese dance since she was a child. She has studied for 2 years at ISI Denpasar (Bali’s Performing Arts Conservatory). She has been active in Japan and North America as a teacher and performer for over 20 years.

ANGKLUNG is a musical instrument made out of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame.
GUNDUL-GUNDUL PACUL, a playful Javanese song
WE ARE THE WORLD (refrain), Michael Jackson

Hanny Pongoh (Angklung Music Trainer/keyboard); Venska & Gabriela (singers); Debby, Nita, Nikita, Vito, Reky (angklung players)

PANJI GUNUNGSARI Dance, Urip Sri Maeny, Wesleyan
Panji Gunungsari is a topeng (masked) dance in the refined male style, which is often danced by women. This dance is adapted from the indigenous Javanese story of Panji, based on the 12th-century history of East Javanese kingdom. The dance depicts prince Gunungsari’s ‘s various moods, including his feelings of love for Dewi Onengan, Panji’s sister.

Urip Sri Maeny studied dance and music at the music conservatory in Surakarta where she later became a faculty member. She was also a dancer and teacher at the Department of Education and Culture in Jakarta as well as at the Presidential palace. She was chosen to participate in cultural missions to Hong Kong, the Middle East, and Australia. Currently, she is an Artist in Residence in Wesleyan University’s Dance Department, teaching Javanese and Balinese dance.

Lion Dance is one of the most active and visible groups on campus (look for them in the Yale Admissions Movie), and performs at most Asian American cultural events around the community. Performance group that practices the art of lion dance, members are assigned roles either in the back of the lion, head of the lion, as well as a drummer. Performs classical dance pieces, as well as more modern fusion dances (think a lion doing Soulja Boi).

TOPENG KERAS Dance, Pete Steele, Wesleyan
A Balinese mask dance depicting the strong and unrefined character of a prime minister. This dance is often performed during Balinese temple ceremonies (odalan) as part of a suite of masked dances including Topeng Tua (Old man Dance), and Topeng Dalem (the dance of the refined king).

Peter Steele is a PhD student at Wesleyan University doing research on the relationship between music and language in Balinese performance practice. He is an active performer and composer. Peter has had several of his works performed by Balinese ensembles at the annual Bali Arts festival. Peter has been studying Balinese music since 2001 and Balinese dance since 2007. He teaches Balinese Gamelan Angklung at Wesleyan University and performs with Gamelan Dharma Swara in New York City.

Sponsored by the Yale Council on Southeast Asia Studies
Supported by the Malaysian Community of Connecticut
Hosted by the SEA Language & Literature Faculty