Indonesian art within the UK's cultural diversity
Ikon2011 Jagat Gamelan
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Indonesia Kontemporer 2011
A celebration of arts inspired by Indonesian arts and culture
SOA, Saturday 15th October


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Matthew Isaac Cohen
Dalang (Puppeteer)

Matthew Cohen was born in the US and educated at Harvard and Yale. He has lived in Indonesia for more than seven years, studying the performing arts. He studied puppetry as a Fulbright scholar at STSI Solo and holds a certificate in puppetry from Ganasidi, the national wayang association. In 1999, while conducting postdoctoral research in Cirebon, he understudied with Ki Basari’s wayang kulit company Langen Suara. He moved to the UK in 2000 and since 2005 he has lectured in theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. His books include The Komedie Stamboel: Popular Theater in Colonial Indonesia, 1891-1903 (Ohio University Press and KITLV Press, 2006), winner of the Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. He has performed as a solo puppeteer (dalang) with gamelan groups in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia for more than 20 years. In 2009 he was awarded the title of ‘Ki Ngabehi’ from the royal court of Kacirebonan in West Java and received his stage name Kanda Buwana, meaning ‘He Who Tells Stories about the World’.



Matthew Cohen


Sally Dean

Sally E. Dean
Performance Artist, Choreographer, Playwright and Teacher.

Over the past decade, Sally has performed in venues across London, Prague (Czech Republic), Essen (Germany), Java (Indonesia) as well as in the United States in New York, San Francisco and Seattle.   Sally's  performance work is informed by her eclectic background and training in Amerta Movement (Javanese performer Suprapto Suryodarmo), somatic-based movement (Skinner Releasing Technique™), site-based performance, playwriting, Butoh, and body-based theatre. Her recent two years of living in Java, Indonesia, continue to inspire her artistic process, teaching and performance making. Sally has taught dance and theatre practices at leading universities such as Laban, Central School of Speech and Drama, ISI (Institut Seni Indonesia) the National Arts University in Surakarta/Java and Byam Shaw School of Art. Sally is the founding director of her own performing arts company and the 'Kolaborasi' project, whose mission is to bring American, European and Asian artists together to collaborate and produce innovative performance works.

Jagat Gamelan
Young Contemporary Music

Consists of up to 12 youths living in London, this group creates their own compositions by mixing gamelan instruments and modern instruments to produce a unique and fresh sound. Tutored by Aris Daryono a Phd in music of York University, Jagat Gamelan will perform pure traditional Javenese Gamelan with a fast tempo representing the dynamic life of young generations.

Jagat Gamelan


Ni Kadek Yulia Puspasari
Dancer and Choreographer

An Indonesian dancer and choreographer living in France, She has learned Indonesian dance since the age of 6. A graduate from the Institiut Seni Indonesia (Indonesian Arts Institute) Surakarta, she dances Balinese, Javanese as well as contemporary.and has travelled around the world. In 2002 she worked as choreographer in many part of Indonesia for Indonesian Festivals and represents Indonesia in International Festivals in Taiwan, Korea, USA and Singapore. She is also one of the choreographers for Opera Jawa, a film of the great Indonesian film producer Garin Nugroho.

Kadek might not be able to come in the upcoming event due to complications with obtaining a visa to enter the UK.

Acoustic Duo

MrSamnJess is an acoustic duo made up of two Indonesians, Giri Narasoma Suhardi and Jessica Cullen, who are currently studying in the UK. Gifted with musical talents, they have been performing in various university and cultural based events. Their musical style is ranging from pop to rock and jazz. They are representing Indonesian Pop Music Scene at Indonesia Kontemporer 2011, with the hope introducing it to the public in the UK and simultaneously entertain their fellow Indonesians with familiar tunes.



The Southbank Gamelan Players
Gamelan group

The Southbank Gamelan Players, ensemble-in -residence at the Southbank Centre, founded by Alec Roth in 1987, have established an international reputation both for their performances of traditional Javanese music and for their championing of new music for gamelan. Most of the players have undertaken extensive study in Java. The group works closely with dancers, puppeteers and composers from Indonesia, Europe and the USA: recent examples include puppeteer Ki Purbo Asmara, composer Dr Rahayu Supanggah and UK electronica duo Plaid. Several members of the the Southbank Gamelan Players are also members of Good Vibrations a registered charity that helps prisoners, secure hospital patients, ex prisoners and others in the community develop crucial life and work skills, through participating in intensive gamelan courses. A cokekan (chamber ensemble) gamelan, consisting of seven members of the Southbank Gamelan Players, will be performing at the Indonesia Kontemporer 2011.

Aris Daryono

Aris Daryono is a composer, Javanese gamelan musician and teacher living in London. He gained his masters in composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in and recently completed his PhD in composition at the University of York, specializing in composition for gamelan, western instruments and electronics. His compositions reflect his background as a Javanese gamelan musician and his knowledge of western classical music. He blends elements from gamelan music and western music to express his musical identity. In May 2011 he presented a performance of his compositions for gamelan, flute, string quartet, and computer at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. As well as playing Javanese gamelan professionally, he also teaches gamelan regularly and gives gamelan workshops and residencies.




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