Upcoming Regional Events

March 18, 2013 | News

Please follow the links below for upcoming events in the region, from New York to Boston and in between — we hope to see you there!

Asia Week in New York
A Celebration of Asian Art throughout the city, from March 15-23, 2013.  The website for Asia Week in New York has an indexed listing of art gallery shows, auctions, and other opportunities to view art from throughout Asia, including a selection of Southeast Asian art.
Indonesian Cultural Night at Penn State
The Penn State Permias is hosting its First Annual Indonesian Cultural Night on March 26, complete with traditional dances, Indonesian food, shadow puppetry, and dazzling costumes and tapestries. FREE and open to the public, but RSVP requested.
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Indonesia Night at Columbia University
Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 6pm, Earl Hall Auditorium, 116th Street & Broadway, New York, NY 10027
“Witness a glimpse of Indonesia’s diverse and vibrant culture….” Indonesia Through Different Lenses  is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York and the Southeast Asian Student Initiative at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.  The evening will feature traditional wayang puppetry performances, traditional Indonesian dance and singing, and gamelan music, in addition to culinary delights from Indonesia. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online; and more information is available via email. Click here for the Event Recap Article.
bvg_gongBoston Village Gamelan at Tufts University
One of the first ensembles of its kind in the United States, the Boston Village Gamelan was founded in 1979, with homemade instruments playing traditional Javanese Gamelan.  Tufts University will host the next concert of the BVG on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 8pm in the Distler Performance Hall, Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center.  Click for an introduction to Javanese Gamelan for beginning students, prepared by Bp Sumarsam of Wesleyan University.  A Glossary of Javanese Gamelan terms, prepared by Barry Drummond of Tufts University and BVG Artistic Director, can be found here.
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The Asian American Dance Troupe will present their annual showcase “Eastbound” on Saturday March 30, with performances at 3 and 7 pm, at the Lowell Lecture Hall.  Ticket information is available online.  The show is quite popular every year, and often sells out!

The Southeast Asia Student Association at the Harvard University School of Public Health will host a Southeast Asian cultural night on Friday April 26 on the Longwood Campus.  Stay tuned for further details!

 
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The Wesleyan University Gamelan will host several cultural performances and demonstrations this spring, including events during the upcoming Indonesian Performing Arts & Public Life Symposium April 25-April 27.  A few events are listed here; for more information, please visit the Wesleyan Gamelan webpage.
Indonesian Puppetry Lecture Demonstration
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7pm

Sundanese three-dimensional rod-puppet plays (wayang golek) and two-dimensional Javanese shadow-puppet plays(wayang kulit) are two of the well-known cultural performances in Indonesia. Kathy Foley, Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Institute of Sacred Music Fellow at Yale University, and Wesleyan University Professor of Music Sumarsam will talk about performance technique and musical accompaniment of the plays. The lecture demonstration will be followed by a wayang and gamelan rehearsal by the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito.

Sundanese & Javanese Puppet Plays
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8pm
$3 A & B, $2 C; Buy tickets online.

The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of I.M. Harjito, and guest musicians will accompany two genres of Indonesian puppet play: Sundanese wayang golek and Javanese wayang kulit. Using three-dimensional rod puppets from the West Javanese puppetry tradition, guest puppeteer Kathy Foley will tell stories drawn from the epic MahabharataSumarsam will tell a story from the same epic, using two-dimensional puppets from the Central Javanese puppetry tradition.

Celebrating Four Decades of Javanese Dance: A Retirement Celebration Honoring Artist in Residence Urip Sri Maeny
Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7pm
Javanese Gamelan & Dance

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7pm
Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of Javanese gamelan and dance. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Joseph Getter.

For more, please visit their webpage.

 

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