The Jakarta Post
The concert is part of a foreign education cooperation activity between the Bandung-based Indonesian Art and Culture Institute (ISBI) and Royal Holloway, University of London's drama and theater department. (www.facebook.com/indonesianembassylondon/File)
A concert comprising West Java art performances was held at the Royal Holloway, University of London, the UK, on Monday.
The event kicked off with a music performance titled Degung Klasik Padjadjaran presented by the university's academic members, who are part of the Gamelan Puloganti and Sekar Enggal groups led by Simon Cook, followed by “Maninten Serang" and a new composition "Sekar Manis".
The concert, which left its audience in awe, continued with the dynamic and lively jaipong sonteng dance performed by the Bandung-based Indonesian Art and Culture Institute’s (ISBI) rector, Een Herdiani, accompanied by West Java gamelan music led by West Java music expert Suhendi Afriyanto. Een later performed another traditional dance of West Java, cikeruhan, and ended her show with the klana priangan mask dance that received a rousing response from spectators.
Indonesian Embassy in London spokesperson Thomas Siregar told Antara news agency that the event was part of a foreign education cooperation activity between ISBI and Royal Holloway, University of London's drama and theater department, which includes workshops, art and culture discussion, a symposium and exhibition until Nov. 6. In addition to increasing cooperation between the two universities, such activity aims to attract interest in Indonesian art and culture.
The groups are also scheduled to perform at the British Museum on Friday. (jes/kes)
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