- Code INDN3107
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Indonesian
- Areas of interest Asian Languages
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course is aimed at introducing the students to methods and issues in the study of Southeast Asian performance arts and a representative sample of Southeast Asian performance genres, as well as cultural aesthetics that inform them. The genres, which will include “folk/popular,” “classical/traditional,” and “modern/contemporary” traditions, will be examined. Emphasis is on understanding each genre in its changing socio-cultural contexts, its aesthetic principles, the articulation of the past with the present, and the “amalgamation” between Asian and western traditions.
Case studies and ‘experiences’ of attending or performing particular genres in the performance laboratory will be discussed and analysed in the context of intercultural translation. This will include issues such as: What is ‘performance’? How do we read, understand and experience performances from other cultures? How do we translate performances? What are issues of inter-cultural performance? The semester will conclude with a public performance by students based on their work in the performance laboratory.The performance laboratory for this semester will be mostly Javanese Gamelan ensemble and dance, with possibility of samples of performances from other countries for comparison. It is planned to include lectures and workshops by visiting artists as well as by lecturers in the Institute of Arts, the Faculty of Asian Studies and the Faculty of Arts.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
By the end of the semester, students are expected to be able to
(a) recognise and explain the aesthetic, cultural and historical significance of the selected genres of performance arts in Southeast Asia.
(b) write a non-specialist, but analytical essay or ethnographic report on one aspect of performance arts in Southeast Asia;
(c) able to recognize patterns of Javanese music and play several songs using Javanese gamelan instruments.
(d) read and use authentic materials in one of Southeast Asia languages for research purposes.
Take-home exam 1,500 words (25%),
Ethnographic report 2,500 words (30%),
Laboratory class performance (30%),
Class participation & tutorial presentation (15%).
Since it is a language course, in writing the ethnographic report, students should be able to demonstrate a significant use of one of Southeast Asian languages in the form of interviews and/or research materials.
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Three hours per week
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsAvailable through the Southeast Asia Centre
Miller, T. E., and Williams, S. (eds), The Garland Encyclopaedia of World Music: Southeast Asia, 1998
Lindsay, J. (ed.), Between Tongues: Translation and/of/in Performance in Asia, 2006.
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