Distinguished dancer-musician-composer from Java, Indonesia, Anon Suneko, will be leading the University of Michigan Gamelan Ensemble and student deancers in a performance of Javanese traditional music and dance.
Under Suneko's direction as both a drummer and the principal dancer, the elegant and refined bodily movements depicting ancient epic stories will be accompanied by the traditional musical sounds of a full gamelan ensemble, where the glittering cast bronze instruments match every detail of the dancing with elaborate musical responses embedding ritualistic power.
Often lauded as the pinnacle of aesthetic achievement in Indonesia, Javanese dance is one of the world's great classical dance forms. Gamelan music, nevertheless, has been indispensable to the important Javanese rituals and cultural forms throughout history.
This performance is co-sponsored by the Residential College, and the School of Music, Theater and Dance.