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Jakarta Post

Panji, a shared legacy

  • I Wayan Juniarta

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 12 2018   /  03:26 am

Exquisite: The Kakul Mas troupe performs the exquisite gambuh dance drama.Performers and scholars from Southeast Asian nations are celebrating their shared legacy of a Javanese romantic tale through a festival held in cities across Java and Bali.Apparently, a good love story — one in which the protagonists are granted a happy ending after overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles — knows no cultural or geographical boundaries.Two dance dramas on Thursday night offered strong support for that notion. Both were performed by foreign troupes — the first from Thailand and the second from Cambodia — with glittering costumes and gorgeous dance moves.For most of the spectators packing the Ksirarnawa stage at Denpasar’s Werdhi Budaya art center that night, the songs the performers sung, the maneuvers and gestures they made, and the accompanying music were a tapestry of unfamiliar es...