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Listing of Previous Instructors

Wahyu Santosa Prabowo and Maharani Luthvinda Dewi, Winter 2017

Wahyu Santosa Prabowo has been one of the most important contemporary Indonesian choreographers and is an accomplished classical Javanese dancer and gamelan musician. He has a BA in Dance from the Institut Seni Indonesia Surakarta, the foremost conservatory of music and dance in Indonesia, and an MA from Gajah Madah University in Yogyakarta. He has been teaching dance and choreography at ISI since 1978. He was appointed creative and artistic director at one of the most prestigious venues for the traditional arts in Jakarta for his production of “Borobudur” in 2006.  In 2005, he received first prize from the Jakarta Arts Council for his critical essay of dance/music criticism entitled. He has participated as a dancer/choreographer in many dance festivals, in England, Australia, Germany, Japan, India, France, Cairo Egypt, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, and China.

Maharani Luthvinda Dewi was born in Central Java, has a BA in Dance and a Master of Dance from ISI. 

Together Wahyu Santosa Prabowo and Maharani Luthvinda Dewi created a dance drama based on Indonesian Islam, danced by themselves and their gamelan and dance students, in Hill Auditorium on April 10, 2017. The concert also celebrated the University of Michigan bicentennial.

Santosa Soewarlan, Fall 2015

Santosa Soewarlan (ISI Surakarta) is the master teacher from Indonesia for fall 2015. Sponsored by the Scheme of Academic and Mobility Exchange (SAME) program of the Indonesian Directorate General of Higher Education as well as by CSEAS, Professor Santosa brought a wealth of performance experience and years of scholarly study to the ensemble. The U-M Gamelan concert under his direction took place Saturday, December 12, at 8:00 PM in Hill Auditorium.  

Roger Vetter, Winter 2015

Roger Vetter taught gamelan at U-M for six weeks in Winter, 2015. Roger recently retired from Grinnell College as a professor of ethnomusicology and a specialist in Javanese gamelan music. He led the U-M gamelan group in a performance of traditional music and classical dance on February 15, 2015, at 8 PM the Stamps Auditorium. His residency was sponsored by the Center for World Performance Studies, the Residential College, and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

Related Video:
U-M Javanese Gamelan's Winter 2015 Final Project Performance»

Anon Suneko, 2012-13
Dancer and kendhang player

CSEAS, the Residential College, and The School of Music, Theater, and Dance welcomed Anon Suneko to campus this semester.  Susan Walton, Director of the U-M Gamelan Ensemble and lecturer at the Residential College, brought Anon to campus with the support of CSEAS for the Winter 2013 semester.  He comes to us from Yogyakarta, where he received his BA in gamelan music in 2006 and his MA in Indonesian music in 2011.  He is a dancer and a musician, and here he taught both dance and gamelan.

Anon’s specialty is kendhang (drum), arguably to most difficult gamelan instrument and the lead instrument of the ensemble. He has won top prizes in major Indonesian competitions in Jakarta and Yogyakarta for best kendhang player (2011, 2010, 2005, 1995) and best music director (2011, 2009, 2005). He has performed all over the world, from Australia to Europe to East Asia and India. Anon has been the music director of many dance performances, including sendratariwayang wong, and other traditional forms of Javanese dance. As music director, he has composed many new pieces and arranged traditional ones.

Anon performed, with his students and the U-M Gamelan Ensemble, on March 26 at Hill Auditorium, to a packed house. In addition to this public performance, he taught gamelan music at Mitchell Elementary School, where the kids were eager to try their hands at the music of Java.

F.X. Widaryanto, 2010-11
Master Choreographer and Master Dancer

F.X. Widaryanto, a rare hybrid among Javanese performing artists, is a famous choreographer, an accomplished gamelan musician, a scholar and a university administrator. Currently the director of Masyarakat Seni Pertunjukan Indonesia, Indonesia's first academic society for the performing arts, he is assistant director at STSI Bandung, a key conservatory of Indonesian music and dance. He holds two national governmental positions.

Widaryanto earned his Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and has published six books on choreography and dance aesthetics and scores of articles, book chapters, and working papers. He has received grants from the Toyota Foundation (2000), the Japan Foundation (1994), the International Institute of the University of Michigan (1995), and Fulbright (1980). This year, he is teaching gamelan and dance classes at the university and will put on a dance drama based on the pan-Islamic Amir Hamzah story, accompanied by gamelan on March 27, 2011.

Sigit Adji Sabdopriyono/Yulisa Mastati, 2005-06
Master Puppeteer and Master Da

Mas Sigit and Mbak Yulisa spent two years at U-M, teaching, performing, and sharing what they know of Javanese traditional and contemporary dance. They collaborated in two major performances as well as teaching local elementary school students Javanese dance and puppetry.

Didik Nini Thowok, 2005
Master Dancer

Didik Nini Thowok came to U-M to perform at the Asian Artists Respond: Indian Ocean Tsunami Relief concert in January of 2005. Mas Didik is an extraodinary dancer as well as choreographer, comedian, and entertainer. His range includes classical, folk, modern, and comedic dance form. His skill at both masked dancing as well as cross-gender dancing elevate both of these Indonesian traditions. For more on Didik Nini Thowok, see his TEDx performance.

Matheus Wasi Bantolo and Olivia Retno Widyastuti, 2004-05
Master Javanese Dancers

Wasi Bantolo and Olivia Retno Widyastuti were in residence at U-M from 2003–05 as Hughes Fellows, teaching both beginning and advanced Javanese dance and gamelan and preparing a full-scale dance drama production of stories from the Ramayana in Winter 2004 and the Mahabharata for performance in Winter 2005. 

Visiting Artists (1967-2004)

1967: Hardjo Susilo

1968: Hardjo Susilo

1969: Hardjo Susilo

1971: Soedarsono

1980: Sumandiyo Hadi

1981: F.X.Widaryanto

1982: Sri Djoko Raharjo, Sri Maryati

1983: Sri Djoko Raharjo, Sri Maryati

1986: Aloysius Suwardi, Theresia Sri Kurniati

1984: Sri Djoko Raharjo

1987: Aloysius Suwardi, Sol Murgianto

1988: Widiyanto S. Putra

1990: F.X.Widaryanto

1990: Peggy Choy

1991: S.E.Trustho

1993: Sumarsam

1994: Rasito Purwa Pangrawit

1995: Minarno, Nunuk Sri Rahayi

1996: F.X.Widaryanto

1999: Raharja

1999: Linangkung Nurwijayanti:

2000: Gabriel Gould

2000: Wakidi and Emerson

2001-2002: Bambang Irawan and Rahmalina

2003-2005: Wasi Bantolo, Olivia Retno Widyastuti

2004: Wakidi

2004-2005: Heri Purwanto and Pamardi