Performance of Traditional Javanese Music and Dance


By Kate Wright
Feb 21, 2013 Bookmark and Share

Distinguished dancer, musician, and composer from Java, Indonesia, Anon Suneko will lead the University of Michigan Gamelan Ensemble and student dancers in a performance of traditional Javanese music and dance at Hill Auditorium at 8:00 pm on March 26, 2013. Roger Vetter of Grinell College will perform as a guest musician.  The event is open to the public and free of charge. 

Anon Suneko dances the principal role as his elegant and refined body movements depict ancient epic tales. The traditional musical sounds of the full gamelan ensemble of cast bronze instruments accompany the movements of the dance, directed by Suneko as well.  These elaborate musical responses to movement embed ritualistic power in both dance and song.

Often lauded as the pinnacle of aesthetic achievement in Indonesia, Javanese dance is one of the world's great classical dance forms. Gamelan music is indispensable to Javanese cultural life, from ritual forms to daily entertainment. 

Sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Residential College, and the School of Music, Theater, and Dance of the University of Michigan. The gamelan is owned by the Stearns Collection.