Eko Purnomo and Gamelan Madu Sari Residency

Open Rehearsal – Gamelan Madu Sari and Eko Purnomo
Wednesday, May 23 2007 at 7:30PM
Western Front (303 East 8th Ave, Vancouver)

Currently the Western Front is hosting a two-week residency of visiting Javanese artist Eko Purnomo and Gamelan Madu Sari, supporting the preparation and development of Semar’s Journey, an original multi-media shadow play. Eko Purnomo is an expert dancer and shadow play puppeteer visiting from Indonesia for this special event. On Wednesday, May 23 from 7:30-8:30PM join us at the Western Front for an open rehearsal of this exciting new multi-media work. This rehearsal is free and open to the public.

This residency will culminate in 2 performances of Semar’s Journey that will take place at the Roundhouse theatre:

Semar’s Journey
Thursday May 31 and Friday June 1
The Roundhouse, Performance Centre, 8:00 PM
Admission $16, students/seniors $12
Tickets at the door; info and reservations (604) 713-1800

A unique experiment in cross-cultural music theatre, Semar’s Journey is a contemporary multi-media, multi-screen shadow play featuring traditional Javanese puppetry and live performance, with video and computer visuals by Aleksandra Dulic, and original music by Gamelan Madu Sari composer-performers Sutrisno Hartana, Michael O’Neill, Andrew Czink, Mark Parlett, Ben Rogalsky and Kenneth Newby. The storyline, created by the composers themselves with the collaboration of Andreas Kahre, centres on the figure of Semar, the beloved god-clown of Java, and his misadventures in our own mixed-up world. With special Javanese guest artist-in-residence Eko Purnomo.

Gamelan Madu Sari, Vancouver’s Javanese gamelan ensemble, has been active since 1986, presenting concerts of traditional and new music, shadow play, dance, new multi-media performance works, and public workshops.