Performing Otherness: Java and Bali on International Stages, 1905-1952

Performing Otherness: Java and Bali on International Stages, 1905-1952

by M. Cohen

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Performing Otherness: Java and Bali on International Stages, 1905-1952 by M. Cohen

A far-reaching examination of exoticism, cultural internationalism and modernism's encounters with Indonesian tradition, Performing Otherness examines how Indonesia entered world stages through imperialism as an antimodern phantasm and through nationalism became a means of intercultural communication and cultural diplomacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230224629
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 10/27/2010
Series: Studies in International Performance Series
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 285
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

MATTHEW ISAAC COHENlectures in theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale University and performs as a wayang kulit puppeteer. His 2006 book, The Komedie Stamboel: Popular Theater in Colonial Indonesia, 1891-1903, won the Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Series Preface viii

Preface and Acknowledgements ix

Note on Orthography and Writing Conventions xii

Introduction: The Spectacle of Otherness 1

Colonial performance of Java 6

Javanese gamelan at the Royal Aquarium, 1882 11

Talk of the town: Les Petites Danseuses Javanaises in Paris, 1889 14

Putting it into practice 17

1 Mata Hari 23

Mata Hari in the Secession 23

An Indische world 27

Mata Hari as celebrity 29

2 Wayang as Technology 36

Edward Gordon Craig 38

Richard Teschner 42

3 Eva Gauthier, Java to Jazz 48

Eva Gauthier in Java 51

Gauthier in New York 57

Java to Jazz 68

4 Stella Bloch and 'Up to Date' Java 73

An empty thought 77

Modern tradition 79

More 'mrrvlis' than words can describe 84

Javanese dance in America 91

Return to New York 93

A career in dance 99

Bloch as critic 102

5 Raden Mas Jodjana and Company 106

Confrontation 106

Indies art evenings 109

Attima 113

Solo career 115

Paris 120

Lelyveld vs. Jodjana 124

Centre Jodjana 132

Après la Guerre 136

6 Magical Identification with Bali in France 140

What frightened Artaud? 142

Amok 147

'La Princesse de Bali' 149

7 Greater India 153

Tagore in Java and Bali 157

Javanese performance at Santiniketan 162

Uday Shankar 166

Nataraj Vashi 170

Greater India's legacy 173

8 Devi Dja Goes Hollywood 175

Devi Dja in colonial Indonesia 179

Touring the world 184

The first US tour 189

A Night in Bali 192

The Sarong Room 194

Further touring 197

Dja in Hollywood 198

Between two nations 201

Aftermath: Decolonization 209

The Second World War and the Indonesian revolution 209

Independence 213

Lessons to be learned? 225

Making the rounds 226

Talking the performance past 228

Glossary 231

Notes 234

Works Cited 256

Index 276

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