Silat Tuo Minang Workshop at the ISM

April 19, 2014 | Events Archive | Comments Off

Tuesday afternoon, April 15, Bapak Waleed visited the Great Hall at the Yale Institute for Sacred Music, to give a workshop for the course “Religious Studies 300: Ritual and Performance.” During the course of the workshop, Bapak Waleed gave an overview of the basic stepping movements of Silat Tuo Minang, from West Sumatra, Indonesia, as well as a taste of some of their applications.  He also included aspects of the Silat ‘play’ that often occurs during performances of Silat, and explained how communication between Silat players occurs by feeling rather than by the spoken word.  He even demonstrated with some of the students in the class.  ’Feeling’ is essential to the movements of Silat Tuo Minang, which has an inner dimension related to awareness and control of one’s breath at all times.  Breath is life-sustaining, and proper use and maintenance of it allows a person to extend the capabilities of their senses, awareness, and perception in all aspects of life.  To this effect, Bapak Waleed also touched upon some of the connections between Silat Tuo Minang and the whirling movement of the whirling dervishes, in connection with the mystic poet Rumi, and demonstrated these movements as well.  In all the afternoon was a very peaceful event, in which Bapak Waleed’s words were meant to heal as well as instruct.  All present felt the benefit, and asked about further learning opportunities…

“From New York to Indonesia” A Benefit Event

April 14, 2014 | News | Comments Off

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 | New York City Several Indonesian groups, Saung Budaya dance performancers, Permias NYC student network, the Tri-state Indonesian Diaspora Network, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, New York, came together this afternoon to hold an exciting and import [...]

Video Coverage: Silat Tuo Minang at YCDC

April 14, 2014 | News | Comments Off

Yale/Co-op Dance Concert, April 10th, 2014 We are happy to add video footage to our recap of the performance of Silat Tuo and Silat Minang by Bapak Waleed at the YCDC show a few days ago. Please enjoy the show: Also, you may see previous footage of the Tari Piring or “Plate and Candle Dance [...]

Performance Recap: Bapak Waleed Showcases Silat Tuo Minang at YCDC

April 11, 2014 | Events Archive, News | Comments Off

April 10th, New Haven CT Annual YCDC Concert Featuring Bapak Waleed and the ISFA The Yale/Co-Op Community Dance Concert 2014 offered something wonderful and unique to all those who came for the show.  Thursday night, audience members at the Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School Annual YCDC [...]

Silat Tuo Minang Workshop at the ISM: Tuesday April 15

April 10, 2014 | News | Comments Off

Silat Tuo Minang and Tasawwuf Workshop Led by Sh. Bapak Waleed “Leonardo J. Stoute” Tuesday, April 15, 2014 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Yale University Institute of Sacred Music Great Hall 409 Prospect Street New Haven, CT For the course “Ritual & Performance,” Religious Studies 300 If you a [...]

Silat Tuo Minang Demonstration at YCDC Concert April 10

April 8, 2014 | News | Comments Off

Join us on Thursday, April 10, at 7pm at the Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School for the “Yale/Co-Op Dance Concert” collaborative featuring Co-Op High School dancers, dance groups from Yale University, the New Haven community, and featuring Bapak Waleed and the International Si [...]

Upcoming Event: YCDC Concert, April 10

March 19, 2014 | News | Comments Off

The Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School has invited Bapak Waleed and the International Silat Federation to perform at their upcoming concert on Thursday, April 10, 2014.  The “Yale/Co-Op Community Dance Collaborative” concert will start at 7pm, and will be held at the Co-Op Hi [...]

DESK Event: Annual Soup Night, April 6

March 18, 2014 | News | Comments Off

The Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen will host its Annual “Soup Night” on Sunday April 6, 2014, to both recognize volunteers and to benefit the community they serve. The event will be held at the Yale Graduate Club, 155 Elm Street, beginning at 4pm. Tickets are $20 at the door. DESK is also [...]

Cudamani Gamelan & Dance Summer Institute: July 21 – August 2, 2014

March 18, 2014 | News | Comments Off

Cudamani is offering a two week intensive summer institute program in Balinese gamelan and dance. This program takes place in Bali and includes instruction, shared housing, breakfasts, weekday lunches and excursions (airfare not included). Apply online by May 1st, 2014. For more information and to a [...]

Benefit for the Mt. Sinabung eruption: April 13

March 17, 2014 | News | Comments Off

On Sunday, April 13, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York (KJRI) will host an event to benefit the victims of the eruption of Mt. Sinabung. Date: Sunday April 13 Time: 2pm Location: KJRI, 5 E. 68th Street, NYC   [...]

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We are the local New Haven, CT branch of the International Silat Federation of America and Indonesia, dedicated to sharing the traditional arts, culture, music, theater, and natural wellness methods of the Minangkabau community of West Sumatra, Indonesia.