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This masterclass is a part of the Balinese Dance Residency with Emiko Susilo. The event is open to the public, with RSVP necessary. Please RSVP here.
Introduction to Balinese Dance
By Emiko Saraswati Susilo & Dewa Ayu Larassanti
Associate Director & Performer of Gamelan Çudamani, Bali, Indonesia
Emiko Saraswati Susilo is a choreographer, dancer, musician, and voice actor known for her dynamic and soulful performance and for choreography that delves into questions of the contemporary world through work that is at once innovative and yet deeply rooted in tradition. Active in Balinese and Javanese performance for well over three decades, she began playing gamelan as a child and studied Balinese and Javanese dance under Ni Made Wiratini and the late master KRT Sasmintadipura. She has taught Balinese dance since 1992 and in 1997 became a founding member of Çudamani. Her work with Çudamani has inspired many young Balinese women to study gamelan, and the organization’s accomplishments in this arena are truly historic. Susilo received her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Latin American Literature from UC Berkeley and her MA from the Dept. of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is currently the Associate Director of Çudamani and the Chair of the Board of Directors of Gamelan Sekar Jaya.
Dewa Ayu Larassanti is a dancer, musician, and singer. Ayu grew up both in the Bay Area and in Bali, experiencing the challenges and the beauty of two worlds. She loves to study different forms of music and dance, including choral music, jazz dance, and hip hop. Ayu is currently a second-year at UCLA and studies World Arts and Cultures. During high school, Ayu was a competitive traditional Balinese dancer and won awards at regional competitions in Bali. Ayu trains with world-renowned composers and choreographers and teaches young dancers and musicians at Cudamani, in Pengosekan, Bali. With Cudamani, she has toured internationally, teaching and performing in Japan, Greece, and the United States. She hopes to be able to continue studying and performing with Cudamani while using her knowledge and training in the arts to teach young artists all around the world.
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Performing Arts Building, PAB 240 (Dance Studio, 2nd Floor)
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199
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