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 Post subject: Cal Performances Presents the World Premiere of Gamelan Seka
PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 12:36 pm 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2006

SIGHTLINES: Pre-performance talk with Gamelan Sekar Jaya director Wayne
Vitale and visiting artists Saturday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m.

SchoolTime: Special one-hour performance for students Friday, October 13
at 11:00 a.m.*

BERKELEY, September 7, 2006—Gamelan Sekar Jaya, the Bay Area’s esteemed
Balinese ensemble of musicians and dancers, performs the world premiere
of Kali Yuga on Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. in
Zellerbach Hall. Drawn from the ancient texts of the Mahabharata, this
new dance drama is an artistic response to recent conflicts in Indonesia
and the world, expressed through dance, gamelan music, poetry, song,
ambient sound and video installations.

More than two years in the making, Kali Yuga is the creation of an
international team of artists, who engaged in an intensive interchange
of ideas, cultural perspectives and dramatic techniques in exploring the
last, chaotic “Age of Humankind” from Hindu philosophy—and how it is
reflected in the clashes of present day society. The production,
directed by Ellen Sebastian Chang, features fifty artists, a full bronze
gamelan (traditional Balinese percussion orchestra) playing an
innovative new score by Gamelan Sekar Jaya Director and American
composer Wayne Vitale and Balinese composer I Made Arnawa, choreography
by Bali’s I Wayan Dibia, and poetry by Java's internationally celebrated
writer, journalist and intellectual Goenawan Mohamed. The production
includes dancers I Ketut Rina and Tjokorda Isteri Putra Padmini and
musician I Dewa Putu Berata; set and sound design are by Elaine
Buckholtz, Jack Carpenter and Jay Cloidt. Kali Yuga is dedicated to the
victims of the 2002 and 2005 bombings in Bali.

A free Sightlines pre-performance talk with Gamelan Sekar Jaya director
Wayne Vitale will take place Saturday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. The
company will give a SchoolTime performance for Bay Area students Friday,
October 13 at 11:00 a.m. in Zellerbach Hall. / /_SchoolTime tickets are
available in advance only_.

Kali Yuga refers to the fourth and final age described in Hindu
scriptures—an age characterized by chaos and conflict, which many
believe is the current state of the world. The production of Kali Yuga
explores this age of turmoil via a wide variety of dramatic materials,
fusing traditional Balinese performance styles such as kecak
(interlocking vocal chants) and topeng (masked dances) with modern
techniques of video installations, set design, and computer generated
ambient sounds. Kali Yuga brings to life its universal themes through
the stories of the ancient Mahabharata. In one of the central stories of
the piece, Mother Earth is lost in a game of dice.

In addition to its connection to ancient philosophies and texts, Kali
Yuga is an artistic response to recent events in Bali and worldwide. On
October 12, 2002, a massive car bomb exploded outside a club in the
southern Balinese city of Kuta, frequented by foreign travelers. More
than 200 died, thousands were injured, and Bali’s tourist economy almost
collapsed. Three years later, more bombs exploded, again at tourist
sites in south Bali. Many people in Bali felt that the “island of the
gods” might never recover, economically, emotionally and spiritually.
But its introspective and soul-searching response as a society, evident
in hundreds of purification rituals and mass prayers, was noted
worldwide as a moving counter example to the escalation of violence and
revenge seen elsewhere in response to similar attacks.

Kali Yuga is supported by the National Dance Project and the National
Endowment for the Arts. With presenter-partner World Arts West, excerpts
from Kali Yuga were previously performed as works-in-progress at the
2005 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and at the 2006 Yerba Buena
Gardens Festival.

Gamelan Sekar Jaya (“victorious flower orchestra” in Balinese), located
in the Bay Area, has delighted audiences from New York City to remote
Balinese villages with their innovative new works. Founded in 1979, the
group has presented more than 400 concerts throughout California and has
toured throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Bali.
Performances in Bali are routinely greeted with enthusiasm by local
audiences, artists, and the media; Indonesia’s leading news magazine
Tempo extols Gamelan Sekar Jaya as “the finest Balinese troupe outside
of Indonesia.” Under the direction of composer Wayne Vitale, the
ensemble has sponsored the creation of over fifty new works for gamelan
orchestra and dance by Balinese guest directors, American members of the
gamelan, and other U.S.-based artists. New works have won critical
praise on both sides of the Pacific: “The success of this group has far
exceeded its founders’ wildest dreams as the ensemble has become an
honored participant in the evolution of Bali’s musical culture” (The
Boston Globe). On its most recent tour to Bali (July 2000), Gamelan
Sekar Jaya received a Dharma Kusuma award—Bali’s highest honor for
artistic achievement, never before given to a foreign group.

Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s success has come not only from a steadfast
commitment to traditional Balinese forms, but the love of innovative new
work. Unique collaborative efforts over the last few years include
projects with two symphony orchestras (Oakland East Bay Symphony and the
California Symphony); Keith Terry’s Crosspulse, a Bay Area quintet of
percussionists/singers/dancers; the Abhinaya Dance Company, from
Southern India; Richard Marriott’s Club Foot Orchestra, a music ensemble
specializing in live accompaniment to silent films, with the critically
acclaimed film score Legong, Dance of the Virgins; and North Indian
master of kathak dance, Chitresh Das, in the dramatic work
Subali-Sugriwa. Gamelan Sekar Jaya collaborated with STSI Denpasar,
Bali’s National Academy of the Arts, in the creation of Kawit Legong:
Prince Karna’s Dream presented and commissioned by Cal Performances in
2001 (world premiere) and 2003. Gamelan Sekar Jaya has released three
recordings: Balinese Music in America; American Works for Balinese
Gamelan; and Fajar.

I Wayan Dibia, choreographer, is a one of Bali’s most noted artists and
scholars, whose masteries include dance performance, choreography,
theater, music, and scholarship. He is a senior faculty member and
former director of the National Institute of the Arts (ISI), in
Denpasar, Bali, and the founder and director of GEOKS, a noted music and
dance center in Bali dedicated to contemporary performing arts. In the
traditional realm, his specialties include topeng (masked dance), barong
(a form of ritual dance), and kecak (dance with vocal chant). A graduate
of UCLA with a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, he has performed and
taught in more than twenty countries. Currently he is on leave from ISI
Denpasar to teach at Holy Cross University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Ellen Sebastian Chang is a director and writer. She has created and
directed a broad range of work: hip-hop youth performances, opera, site
specific pieces and radio. And worked with some of the most interesting
artists in the country, including KITKA, Youth Speaks, Oakland Opera
Theater, Aya De Leon, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Jang, and James Newton. She
was a cofounder and artistic director of Life on the Water, a national
and internationally known presenting and producing organization at San
Francisco’s Fort Mason Center from 1986 through 1995.

Gamelan Sekar Jaya Director Wayne Vitale is a composer, performer and
scholar whose work has centered on Balinese music for the past 28 years.
His compositions for gamelan are known throughout Bali through live
performances, recordings, and television programs, and have impacted the
evolution of kebyar music, the most popular form of gamelan in Bali. He
has taught Balinese music at several West Coast universities, and tunes
and restores Balinese instruments in the United States and Europe.

Goenawan Mohamad is an essayist, journalist, librettist, and poet
regarded internationally as one of Indonesia’s leading intellectuals. In
1971 he founded Tempo, which became Indonesia’s largest weekly news
magazine, and served as editor until its closure by government censors
in 1994. He is an vocal critic of government policies and an advocate of
democracy and free-speech in Indonesia. In 1992 he was named recipient
of the distinguished Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University and, in
1993, was presented the first Professor A. Teeuw Award from the
Netherlands. In 1998 he received an award in New York from the Committee
to Protect Journalism. The following year, he was nominated by World
Press Review as international editor of the year.

I Made Arnawa is a prolific composer, performer, and teacher. He comes
from the village of Tunjuk in West Bali, widely known for its traditions
in music, dance, and shadow puppet theater. A senior faculty member at
ISI Denpasar, Bali’s National Institute of the Arts, he has performed
and taught internationally, including tours to Australia, India, several
European countries, and the U.S. He has composed extensively for
Balinese gamelan, especially in the forms kreasi baru and lelambatan,
and has won numerous awards in the annual Bali Arts Festival. His most
recent works are innovative in nature, exploring new textures, meters,
and forms.

Tickets for Gamelan Sekar Jaya at Cal Performances, Saturday, October 14
at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in Zellerbach Hall are priced at $20.00,
$26.00 and $32.00. Tickets are available through the Cal Performances
Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall; at (510) 642-9988 to charge by phone;
at; and at the door. The 2:00 p.m. performance
is a part of the Family Fare series, offering 15% off single ticket
prices for adults and 50% off for children 16 and younger; additionally,
the evening performance is 25% off for children 16 and under. Half-price
tickets are available for purchase by UC Berkeley students. UC faculty,
staff, senior citizens and other students receive a $2 discount, and UC
Alumni Association members receive a $3 discount (Special Events
excluded). For more information, call the Cal Performances Ticket Office
at (510) 642-9988 or visit the Cal Performances web site at

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Cal Performances 2006/2007 season is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Classical 102.1 KDFC is 2006/2007 season media sponsor

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Friday, October 13 at 11:00 a.m.
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Bancroft Way at Telegraph, Berkeley

Gamelan Sekar Jaya
Kali Yuga

Program: In a one-hour performance for school children, Gamelan Sekar
Jaya will perform an excerpt from Kali Yuga.

Tickets: $4.00 per student or adult chaperone, _available in advance
only_ through Cal Performances at (510) 642-1082. SchoolTime
performances are open to students in grades 2 through 12 in Bay Area
public and private schools. Supplemental study guides for the classroom
are provided. For more information about the SchoolTime program, contact
the SchoolTime coordinator at Cal Performances by email at, or by phone at (510) 642-0212.

# # #

Saturday, October 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

Pre-performance talk by Gamelan Sekar Jaya director and Kali Yuga
composer Wayne Vitale, with visiting artists. Sightlines is a continuing
program of pre- and post-performance discussions with Cal Performances’
guest artists and scholars, designed to enrich the audience’s
experience. These events are free to ticketholders.

# # #

Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. [FF] and 8:00 p.m.
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Bancroft Way at Telegraph, Berkeley

World Stage
Gamelan Sekar Jaya
Kali Yuga

Program: The 50-member ensemble of musicians and dancers specializing in
the performing arts of Bali, Indonesia will perform Kali Yuga.

Tickets: $20.00, $26.00, and $32.00, available through the Cal
Performances Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall; at (510) 642-9988 to
charge by phone; at; and at the door.


Christina Kellogg 510.643.6714
Joe Yang 510.642.9121

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