Thanks for your input and nice to meet you! Some fine pictures!
Would you kindly give some details like who is the dancer (if you know), which dance and where taken?
I am still in Solo and looking forward to photograph then Solo Menari festival. BTW, Saturday April 26th is the date of the monthly Nemlikuran performance in the SMKI, the Performing Arts College here in Solo. Usually several groups will be performing, from the Courts, from ISI (Academy of Fine Arts) and sometimes from outside Solo. Starts at 19:00 hours. Any taxi driver will know SMKI. Admission: free.
Also, every Wednesday from 10 to 12 there is a gamelan and dance rehearsal at the Mangkunegaran palace. Admission: free. It starts with a instrumental piece (gendhing bonang) and after that the dancers will perform. The number of dancers rather varies, as many of them are either studying and/or teaching and may have other tasks. For instance the number of male dancers varies from 2 to 6, the number of female dancers varies maybe from 4 to 10, something like.
The gamelan is led by Pak Hartono, who is an excellent teacher, and his wife Bu Umi leads the dancers. Wednesday and Sunday evening (from about 19 to 22:30 hrs.) there is another rehearsal at the Prangwedanan in the Eastern part of the Mangkunegaran palace. Here Pak Hartono also teaches many students from abroad: Japanese, British, American, Dutch, French and even Hungarian. Repertoire: many gendhing bonang and even more dances. Great for music lovers.
The subject of the dances is usually taken from the Mahabharata or the Ramayana, but Panji-stories are also very popular. (BTW these Javanese stories about a prince in love have migrated to Thailand and Cambodia!).
About half of the musicians are Javanese professionals, the other half foreign pupils. The dancers are largely the same who dance Wednesday morning, perhaps with two or three foreigners added.
Kind regards, RobPan.
Thanks for your Great Photos of The Dancers.
My Photos :
First set of Ballet Photos are the Ballet Dancers at North Carolina Ballet Company at the North Carolina -Duke Energy Center, Raleigh, NC., USA.
1 ST. Thai dance Photo = At Royal Thai Embassy, Washington DC., USA.
2Nd. , 3 Rd., 7, 8, 9 Th. Thai dance photos at The Buddhist Temple in Knightdale , North Carolina, USA.
The 2 ND, 3 RD. , and 4 Th. Thai dance at NSSU University Campus ( North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA ), By NCSU Thai Student.
The 5 + 6 Th. Greece Dacers at Athane, Greece, In the Restaurant , where we go to eat dinner. ( 2011), 14 days Our Vacation in Greece.
Have a great week end, Nice to talk to you, my friend RobPan.
BTW, I was born in Thailand and Live in Thailand up to 25 years old, and Move to Study, Work and live in North Carolina Since 1974 and up to now.