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Invisible and Visible Bodies in Ceremonial and Ritual Dance in Java

tayuban_1999This presentation will explore dancing in the royal courts and remote highland villages of Java. What are the different layers of meaning behind these dances? And how do Javanese people explain what is going on? Illustrated with film clips and photographs the presentation will draw upon over 30 years of research into Javanese ceremonial and ritual dance, human movement and expression.

Presentation and Q&A with Dr. Felicia Hughes-Freeland

14_aseasuk_swansea_feliciaDr. Felicia Hughes-Freeland is an anthropologist and a documentary filmmaker who has published widely on performance, including Embodied Communities: Dance Traditions and Change in Java (2010) and the films The Dancer and the Dance and Tayuban: Dancing the Spirit in Java (1996). Most recently she edited ‘Gender and Creativity in Southeast Asia’, the guest issue of Indonesia and the Malay World 115 (November 2011). She is currently working on cultural heritage and documentary film as Research Associate at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at SOAS, London.

0024theteamTonight’s event includes a photo and art exhibition illustrating sport, dance and play in diverse landscapes from concrete jungles to remote highlands where people come together to celebrate movement.

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Tickets: Free for RAI Members and Fellows, £3 Students/Concessions, £5 General Admission

* Tickets include a glass of wine, refreshments, cheese and crackers

The Royal Anthropological Institute Presents:

A series of evening events and exhibitions that explores the relationship between human movement, space and expression

Place: The RAI, 50 Fitzroy St, London W1T-5BT
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Dates: Friday 13th April, Tuesday 17th April, Wednesday 18th April, Thursday 26th April and Monday 30th April

bodies_in_motionThe way in which we move our bodies can express our multiple identities as well as our social and cultural backgrounds. Whether dancing, walking or playing sports, movement can be an affirmation of society’s norms, a celebration of community cohesion and a vehicle for expressing national and international affiliations. Equally, human movement can be a means of resistance demonstrating social and political unrest or an avenue for innovation and cultural change.

Bodies in Motion, is an initiative that explores the relationship between human movement, space and expression. Using photography, ethnographic film, art and presentations, the project aims to engage the public in exploring the meaning of movement in urban, digital and natural landscapes.

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