SENDRATARI ! An introduction by choreographer Matheus Wasi Bantolo

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The Panji Story: A Javanese Tale

The Panji story is native to Indonesia, specifically to East Java. Unlike adaptations from India such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata that play such an important role in the Javanese performing arts, the Panji story is originally a Javanese tale, a story of our own ancestors. But the story has also long been known in several countries of Southeast Asia and even further abroad in Asia. In Thailand, it is called Inao. As such, it is an example of Indonesian national culture that has spread beyond the archipelago.

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Gamelanathon @ London’s Southbank Centre

A weekend of Indonesian music, dance and puppetry 6-7 July 2013 Celebrate 25 years of gamelan (Indonesian percussion orchestra) at Southbank Centre. A packed weekend of free and ticketed events showcases traditional and new music for gamelan with dance, puppetry and electronics. Join us as we shine a spotlight on the international gamelan community.


Sendratari

Sendratari – Javanese dance-drama Queen Elizabeth Hall 6 July, 7.30pm An evening of spectacular traditional Javanese gamelan and dance. Master Javanese musicians and dancers collaborate with Southbank Gamelan Players. With free Indonesian snacks from 6pm. Book tickets

In Lieu

In Lieu Queen Elizabeth Hall Sunday 7 July, 4pm Following its premiere at Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival, dancer / choreographer Ade Suharto and composer / performer David Kotlowy bring their beautiful work to London. In Lieu explores their search for a sense of place, navigating between two cultures. Buy tickets

Gamelanathon free events

Free events From 10.30am each day, 30 gamelan groups from across the UK and Ireland, and visiting artists from Indonesia, give free performances indoors and out. From the Ramayana on stilts to a post-concert chill-out with gamelan and electronics, discover the creativity of the international gamelan community. View timetable

Darbar Festival, Torino, Italy

6-7 June 2013
Museo d’Arte Orientale – MAO
http://www.maotorino.it

Southbank Gamelan Players present three programmes drawing on the many gamelan traditions of Java, from the refined and richly contemplative sacred court music, to intimate chamber music, from popular street song to exuberant folk traditions.

Music of the Royal Courts of Central Java – Friday 7 June, 6pm
Folk traditions from the regions of Java – Friday 7 June, 9pm
Family workshop and concert – Saturday 8 June 3pm
From court to village: Gamelan music of Java – Saturday 8 June, 9pm

A selection of pieces from the concert of 8 June will be broadcast on RAI 3 in the autumn.

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Gamelan Arsenal Style

Recently tutors from the Southbank Gamelan Players spent time with members of the Arsenal football squad as part of the team’s preparations for the upcoming Asia tour. Tutors John Pawson and Manuel Jimenez shared information on collection of instruments and gave a background to their historical and cultural significance in Javanese culture.

The results have been made into a small promotional clip for the team. If you listen carefully there is in fact a relationship between the notes used in the gamelan and the football chant which fades in at the end. Enjoy.