Peni Candra Rini
Sri Eko Widodo
Sunardi Citro Sukarno
Waluyo Sastro Sukarno
curated by Rahayu Supanggah and Restu Kusumaningrum
choreographer assistant Gentile Andi Lolo
a project by Bali Purnati Center for the Arts / Bali and Change Performing Arts / Milano
with the support of Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of The Republic of Indonesia
Indonesia has always been at the crossroads of travel and commerce as already witnessed by Marco Polo in his Milione, but what particularly distinguishes this country of a thousand islands is the richness of its diverse artistic expressions and in particular, its music and dance theater. Already in the bas-reliefs of Borobudur, the magnificent Buddhist temple that dates back to the VIII century, there are representations of musicians and musical instruments that are still found in the Gamelan orchestras, with mostly percussion instruments, gongs and xylophones above all.
Gamelan in fact means "hammer" or "hammering", but the percussions are also accompanied by other wind and string instruments, as well as the voice of a soloist. The Gamelan orchestra is therefore at the heart of every Indonesian form of music, accompanies dance and religious rituals, but also civil ceremonies. The hypnotic sounds of Indonesian music have fascinated even our composers, in particular Claude Debussy who had discovered them in a Balinese group exhibition at the Universal Exhibition of Paris in 1899.
For this concert in Piazza del Duomo of Spoleto, which is a European première, the most famous Indonesian music composer, Rahayu Supanggah, will conduct an orchestra of 25 performers with traditional instruments, but even twenty dancers from the islands of the north, Borneo and Sumatra and in particular from Aceh, the region hit by the terrible tsunami in 2004.
To quote Diego Carpitella, musicologist who is attentive to the relationship between traditional music of the world and cultured European music, this concert on the stage of a square that is symbol of classical Western culture highlights the final transition from exotic curiosity to the enjoyment of musical forms of absolute originality that are now part of our soundtrack which is completely intercultural.
Known for his role in the international collaboration Realizing
Rama and for the musical scores he composed for Opera Jawa and Robert
Wilson’s I La Galigo, Rahayu Supanggah is considered one of the
pioneers of contemporary music in Indonesia. A professor of
ethnomusicology and composition, he is also an internationally acclaimed
musician, composer, performer, and curator who seeks to explore,
experiment and create new musical genres. He has collaborated with
distinguished artists such as Robert Wilson, Sergio Leone and Kronos
Rahayu’s award-winning compositions reflect
traditional Javanese karawitan, contemporary Indonesian music rooted in
the traditional music of various regions of Indonesia and Asia, concert
music, as well as music for dance, theatre, and film.
Rahayu Supanggah is one of the artists selected to represent Indonesia in the National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013.