Sounding the Dance, Moving the Music
Choreomusicological Perspectives on Maritime Southeast Asian Performing Arts
Performing arts in most parts of Maritime Southeast Asia are seen as an entity, where music and dance, sound and movement, acoustic and tactile elements intermingle and complement each other. Although this fact is widely known and referenced, most scholarly works in the performing arts so far have either focused on "music" or "dance" rather than treating the two in combination. The authors in this book look at both aspects in performance, moreover, they focus explicitly on the interrelation between the two, on both descriptive-analytical and metaphorical levels. The book includes diverse examples of regional performing art genres from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. All case studies are composed from the perspective of the relatively new approach and field of ethno-choreomusicology. This particular compilation gives an exemplary overview of various phenomena in movement-sound relations, and offers for the first time a thorough study of the phenomenon that is considered essential for the performing arts in Maritime Southeast Asia - the inseparability of movement and sound.
Table of Contents
List of Figures List of Tables Notes on Contributors Preface 1. Understanding Performance in Maritime Southeast Asia: Re-thinking Paradigms and Discourses, an Introduction (Ricardo D. Trimillos) 2. Sonic and Tactile Dimensions of Sundanese Dance (Henry Spiller) 3. The Balinese Kecak – An Exemplification of Sonic and Visual (Inter-)relations (Kendra Stepputat) 4. Persistent Mutualisms: Energizing the Symbiotic Relationship Between Balinese Dancer and Drummer (Made Mantle Hood) 5. Cari….Cari….Cari!: Filling the Interstices of Music and Dance in Zapin Johor (Mohd Anis Md Nor) 6. Necessary (Re)Unions: Revisiting and Revising Studies on the Sama Igal Dance and Kulintangan Ensemble Music Traditions (MCM Santamaria) 7. Playing the Body: Female versus Male Elements in Aceh’s Sitting Song-Dances with Body Percussion (Margaret Kartomi) 8. The Body as Intersection: Interaction and Collaboration of Voice, Body, and Music in Balinese Arja (Ako Mashino) 9. Shadow Puppets, Drums and Gongs: Movement-Music Relationships in a Theatrical Genre (Patricia Matusky) 10. Dancing the Sound, Musicking the Movement–Contextual Dialogues between Music and Dance in Northern Borneo (Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan) 11. Performing Community, Identity, and Change: The Chinese Dragon Leaps to the Beat (Tan Sooi Beng) 12. Gendang Beleq: The Negotiation of a Music/Dance Form in Lombok, Indonesia (David Harnish) 13. The Orak Lawoi Pelacak Festival: How Music and Movement Connects an erstwhile Semi-nomadic People to Their Vanishing History, Environment, and Culture (Lawrence Ross) 14. Moving Music: The Performing Arts, Space and Travel among the Sama Dilaut (Birgit Abels)
Mohd Anis Md Nor is former Professor of Ethnochoreology and Ethnomusicology at the Cultural Centre (School of Performing Arts), University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is Chair of the Publication Committee of ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia, and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Sultan Idris Education University, Perak, Malaysia. Kendra Stepputat is Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria. Her research topics include Balinese performing arts, sound-movement interrelations, and tango argentino in European perspective. She is editor of Performing Arts in Postmodern Bali (2013).