[Blueboard] Asian Dance Lecture

Ateneo Center for Asian Studies acas at admu.edu.ph
Fri Feb 13 19:16:16 PHT 2004


In celebration of its Second Asian Week entitled, "Diversity: Asia's
Identity", The Ateneo Centre for Asian Studies presents:


"Shared Aesthetics in Asian Dance: 
A Study of Kinaesthetics and Kinethics"

Wednesday, 18 February 2004, 4:30-6:00, CTC 102


In this lecture, the researcher takes a look at aesthetic convergence in
selected Asian traditional dance forms through the conceptual lens of
"practice."  The appreciation of dance as expression is linked with other
forms of practice found in the collective. In this vein, the study of
dance becomes an inter-disciplinary undertaking and goes beyond
performance.  The researcher notes that interesting and profound insights
are learned by linking dance with ritual, socialization, symbolic power,
national memory and identity.

The dance/theatre traditions included in this study are the Bedoya of
Central Java, the Noh theatre of Japan, Robam Boran (Cambodia Court
dance), Ryukyu Buyoh (Okinawan Court dance), and the Pangalay of the Sulu
Archipelago.

Continuities seen in movement vocabulary will be illustrated through a
showing of video clips.

ABOUT THE LECTURER
Matthew M. Santamaria is currently associate professor at the Asian Center
of the University of the Philippines.  He also teaches for the Department
of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, ADMU.  He was visiting
scholar/artist-in-residence at the Arts Program, East-West Center, Hawaii
in 2002-03 and was a grantee of the Ford Foundation Asia Fellows Program
in 2000-01.  He conducted research on Cambodian dance and received
training in traditional masked dance at the Royal University of Fine Arts
in Phnom Penh.  He has also studied Okinawan and Nihon Buyoh in Japan.  
He received his Doctor of Law degree from the Graduate School of Law,
Kyoto University in 1999.





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