The Tale of Dewa Ruci
CERDAS Foundation, in collaboration with Southeast Asia Center, University of Washington presents "The Tale of Dewa Ruci" with Dalang Ki Midiyanto & Gamelan Pacifica, October 20th, 2012, at 7:00-9:00 PM in Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
"The Tale of Dewa Ruci" is a genuine Javanese story based on the epic Mahabharata. It tells the story of Bima --one of the Pandawa brothers, in his quest for the essence of holy knowledge. This mystical journey brings him to the South Sea, an isolated place with terrifying waves. In the deep of the ocean, Bima finally meets Dewa Ruci, the thumb-sized Lord who turns out to be an incarnation of his own spirit. The encounter between the two will be brought alive on the Javanese Wayang Kulit (puppet theater) stage by the talented dalang (puppet master) Ki Midiyanto, accompanied by traditional music from Gamelan Pacifica.
Ki Midiyanto is renowned Javanese musician and eleventh-generation dalang (puppetmaster). He has performed for over twenty years in Indonesia, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. Born in Wonogiri, a rural district in the south central part of the island of Java in the nation of Indonesia, Midiyanto went on to study gamelan and shadow puppetry at the Sekolah Tinggi Seni Karawitan (Indonesian Academy of Musical Arts) in Surakarta, Java before venturing abroad to teach and perform. He is currently a Lecturer in Gamelan in the music department at the University of California, Berkeley.
Gamelan Pacifica is a professional ensemble-in-residence at the Cornish College of the Arts and is directed by Professor Jarrad Powell. It includes Jessika Kenney as singer (sinden) and Jesse Snyder as metallophone instrument (gender) player. Gamelan Pacifica has been at the forefront of creating and performing gamelan music in America for over thirty years. Originally formed in 1980, Gamelan Pacifica has performed extensively in the Pacific Northwest, as well as Canada, and is widely considered among the finest ensembles devoted to the performance of gamelan music in America. Gamelan Pacifica has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and Arts International. Gamelan Pacifica is currently supported in part by sustaining funds from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and Culture.
Kane Hall, Room 130, University of Washington (View)
1410 Northeast Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98195-3095
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