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A distinguished dancer-musician-composer from Java, Indonesia, Anon Suneko will be leading the University of Michigan Gamelan Ensemble and some student dancers 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, on the other hand, has been indispensible to the important Javanese rituals and cultural forms throughout the history. Co-sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and the Residential College.

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