Indonesian art within the UK's cultural diversity
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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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During the event we will run free Balinese dance and Javanese gamelan workshops from 10am – 11.15. We will also have 2 sessions of Indonesian Language workshops in the afternoon (1pm and 2pm)

Balinese dance workshop by Melanie Knowles


Melanie Knowles has studied and performed an eclectic mix of dance genres from flamenco to tribal style belly dance. In 1993, she was fortunate to receive the Shansi Memorial Fellowship which took her to Yogyakarta, Central Java, where she studied Balinese dance intensively and the contemporary Javanese choreography of Didik Nini Thowok. She then went on to study and perform Balinese dance in Honolulu, Hawaii, with Emiko Susilo and in San Francisco, California with Gamelan Sekar Jaya. In Spring 2001, she began dancing with Ni Madé Pujawati and has performed with the Lila Bhawa dance troupe at various venues across the UK including London Symphony Orchestra's Jerwood Hall at St Luke's and the Royal Opera House. Utilising Balinese masked dance, Melanie played the title role in Euripides' Hippolytos, which toured the East Coast of the United States during the Spring of 2004. She holds an MA in Dance Studies from the University of Surrey, Guildford. Her dissertation, which explores female dance roles and the manner in which women are represented in Balinese dance, was awarded a mark of distinction. Her performance of the virtuoso solo Kebyar Duduk was met with enthusiasm during Lila Cita & Lila Bhawa's 2006 Bali tour.

Kreasi Baru (new creations) workshop: Melanie will introduce workshop participants to the fundamentals of Balinese Dance, focusing on the asymmetry of the basic positions which are often in contrast to the concept of balance within traditional choreography. She will introduce several mudras (hand gestures) used in Indian dance (Bharata Natyam and Odissi), which will be used in a short movement phrase taken from a piece of fusion choreography she co-created with Bhamini Sarin. This choreography exemplifies kreasi baru, new compositions rooted in traditional dance.

Javanese Gamelan workshop by 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.

Indonesian Language Workshops

The Indonesian Embassy will run Indonesian Language workshops at 1pm and 2pm. Come and have a taste of it. This classes could continue regularly at the Indonesian embassy.

If you are interested in taking part on any of the workshops please register yourself at

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