Fall Photos: Javanese Puppet Play: Wayang Kulit

On Friday, November 30, 2018 Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music and puppeteer Sumarsam and the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble directed by Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito, with guest drummer Darsono, presented a Javanese wayang kulit, the puppet play employing intricately carved leather puppets, accompanied by an ensemble of tuned gongs, metallophones, two stringed fiddle, xylophone, drums, and vocalists.

Photos by Richard Marinelli. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

Fall Photos: Wayang Golek Puppet Play

On Saturday, November 10, 2018 Yogyakarta Court Puppeteer Ki Gondo Suharno and the Court of Yogyakarta gamelan group, in collaboration with the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, performed Wayang Golek, featuring three-dimensional puppets made of wood and cloth reenacting stories based on the Islamic story of Amir Hamzah.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

Fall Photos: Symposium: Enacting Ethnicity and Nationalism in Indonesian Performing Arts

On Saturday, November 10, 2018 His Excellency Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X of Indonesia gave the keynote address for a symposium focusing on the dynamic interaction between the state and the Javanese ethnic group. There are hundreds of traditional performing arts in Indonesia, each associated with a specific ethnic group/sub-group and the geographical region that is the ethnic group’s homeland (e.g., the performing arts of Batak, Minangkabau, Aceh, Sunda, Central Java, East Java, Banyuwangi, etc.). The history of the Indonesian archipelago is one of myriad inter-cultural encounters between these groups alternately defined by geography, ethnic identity, and political affiliation. The processes of hybridization that have resulted have profoundly influenced Indonesian culture and attempts to shape Indonesian national identity. The performing arts play a primary role in articulating these interacting cultural, social, and political forces.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

 

Fall Photos: Music and Dance of Yogyakarta

On Friday, November 9, 2018 in conjunction with a visit from Hamengkubuwono X, the Sultan of Yogyakarta in Indonesia, Wesleyan University hosted a performance by the court dancers and musicians of Yogyakarta, featuring the instruments of the Wesleyan gamelan, one of the finest sets of the instruments in the world—mostly gong and metallophone instruments made of bronze—usually housed on campus in World Music Hall.

Photos by Richard Marinelli. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

Fall Photos: ICPP Public Lecture: Engaging Traditional Arts In Contemporary Curatorial Practice

On Thursday, November 8, 2018 Keng Sen Ong discussed the complex crossings between traditional performance and contemporary art practices. How can curators develop a coherent approach that engages rather than avoids traditional body practices when presenting contemporary art? Examining archives and the “re-performance” turn, as well as referencing the fields of architecture and restoration, Ong charted a field of potentialities, continuums and interventions.

Photos by Richard Marinelli. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

Fall Photos: Becca Blackwell: They, Themself and Schmerm

On Friday, October 5, 2018 New York City-based trans actor Becca Blackwell performed part classic standup comedy special, part teen zine vomit confessional, They, Themself and Schmerm (2015). The performance was a disturbingly hilarious personal tale of being adopted into a Midwestern religious family, trained to be a girl, molested, and plagued by the question, “How do I become a man and do I even want that?” The Connecticut premiere of this one-person show engaged in loving confrontation with the audience, asking what it truly means to be authentic.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.