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Arifin C. Noer

Arifin C. Noer  

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(1941–c.1996)Indonesian playwright, filmmaker, and director. Best known for his masterwork Moths (1970), Arifin was a major influence on late twentieth-century theatre, television, and film. In the ...
arja

arja  

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Sung, secular dance-drama from the island of Bali in Indonesia that developed in the early twentieth century and remains popular today. Arja relies on the interdependence of vocal and instrumental ...
Asep Sunander Sunarya

Asep Sunander Sunarya  

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(1953– )Sundanese dalang (puppet master) of Indonesia. Descended from a noted line of dalang, Sunarya is the foremost performer in a family renowned for wayang golek purwa, the rod-puppet theatre ...
bangsawan

bangsawan  

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Popular Malaysian and Indonesian commercial urban theatre. Parsi theatre troupes touring from Bombay in the 1880s are believed to have provided the model. Bangsawan was Malaysia's (and later ...
baris

baris  

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Several types of ceremonial Balinese warrior dances classified into different categories based on the types of weapons used. Baris has been in existence since at least the sixteenth century and ...
barong

barong  

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Large mythical supernatural beasts that appear in Balinese ritual performances. Different types of large barong masks, considered spiritually powerful objects when consecrated, are used in rituals ...
bedoyo

bedoyo  

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A Javanese court dance from Yogyakarta and Surakarta in Indonesia performed by nine female dancers. Though bedoyo tells a story, the dancers do not have character roles or recite dialogue ...
dabus

dabus  

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A ritual-based traditional martial arts trance-dance found in parts of Sumatra in Indonesia and in the states of Selangor and Perak in peninsular Malaysia. Thought to have originated either from ...
drama gong

drama gong  

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Secular Balinese theatre created in the 1960s and influenced by a mixture of traditional Balinese theatre and music, modern genres such as arja, prembon, and stambul, and Western theatre. Clown ...
gambuh

gambuh  

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Oldest surviving dance-drama genre of Bali (Indonesia). It originated during the late Majapahit era (1293–1520) under influence from Hindu-Javanese court culture. Gambuh is considered the cradle of ...
Gusmiati Suid

Gusmiati Suid  

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(1942–2001)Indonesian dancer and director who founded the Gumarang Sakti Dance Company in 1982, now recognized as a prolific and innovative choreographer. Her work was inspired by the traditional ...
I Made Sidja

I Made Sidja  

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(c.1930– )Balinese puppet master, considered the most knowledgeable living exponent of wayang parwa, the shadow theatre of Bali in Indonesia. Versed in all the traditional Balinese performing arts, ...
interculturalism

interculturalism  

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One of the most controversial of contemporary performance practices, characterized at its best by a sharing and mutual borrowing of the manifestation of one theatre practice by another. At worst ...
Jakarta

Jakarta  

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Located in western Java in Indonesia, Jakarta is a sprawling harbour metropolis founded in 1527 as Jayakarta (City of Victory). As the Dutch East India Company's administrative centre for over ...
Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor  

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(1952– )American director and designer. At Oberlin College, she joined Blau's ensemble KRAKEN. In the mid-1970s, she spent four years in Java and Bali, studying and experimenting with traditional ...
kecak

kecak  

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Indonesian dance-drama created in the Gianyar province of Bali in the 1930s by Balinese performers, in collaboration with Western artists and anthropologists Walter Spies and Beryl de Zoete. With the ...
ketoprak

ketoprak  

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An operatic theatre form of Javanese origin, evolved from the early ketoprak lesung, the name taken from the use of a grinding mortar struck with long poles to produce a ...
ludruk

ludruk  

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Regional theatre popular in east Java (Indonesia). Its origins are obscure, believed to reach as far back as the thirteenth century as ritual ludruk bandan and ludruk lyrok. The first ...
Mohammed Yamin

Mohammed Yamin  

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(1903–62)Indonesian playwright and poet. Along with several other Sumatra-born intellectuals, such as Sanusi Pane, Yamin was linked to the nationalist struggle against Dutch colonialism. He is ...
nang

nang  

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Ancient puppet theatre from Thailand, both shadow and silhouette, first documented in 1385, which has resemblances to the Indonesian wayang and may be related to it. Nang yai, as the ...

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