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INTERNATIONALES GAMELAN MUSIKFESTIVAL 

MÜNCHEN 8-17 JUNE 2018

Performance dates

Wednesday June 13th/19:00 hrs.   

Bayerischer Rundfunk (Studio 2)

GONG is part of programm:

Degung & Gamelan Sunda - trad and new

Thursday June 14th/19:00 hrs.    

Gasteig (Carl Orff Saale)

GONG is part of programm: GOONG

Friday June 15th/19:00 hrs.    

Münchner Stadtmuseum (Open Air)

GONG is part of programm:

Gamelan rituell-zeremoniell-experimentell

Sunday June 17th/app. 14:00 hrs.   

Münchner Stadtmuseum (Open Air)

GONG is part of programm: Wandelkonzert (Finale)

Sunday June 17th/app. 19:00 hrs.   

Münchner Stadtmuseum (Open Air)

GONG is part of programm: Wandelkonzert (Finale)

Concept: Iwan Gunawan and Aafke de Jong

Music: Iwan Gunawan

Choreopgraphy: Aafke de Jong

Musicians: members of Kyai Fatahillah

Singer: Yanti Nur Aprianti

Dancers: Federica Aventaggiato, ChiaYing Chiang,

Rahmida Dewi Patmawati, Valerio Porleri and

Fazle Shairmahomed

'My favorite and most unforgettable moment in dance of the

entire year - maybe ever - is the last moment of the piece,

with all the dancers on one disk, swaying, holding each other

with gentle peace and safety and unity. It is my metaphoric

wish for our world.'

- J. Diamond, audience member (American based composer, performer, writer, publisher, editor, and educator)

This project was

partially financed by:

About "GONG"

For their cooperation internationally recognized composer Iwan Gunawan and choreographer Aafke de Jong explore the idea of "gong" - as a concept, so to speak. 

In some Indonesian cultures gongs are considered sacred instruments with a specific power. They produce a magical primary sound and represent a quest for infinity. 

Like a perpetuum mobile, a meaningful event once put in motion, might keep it's effect for a lifetime. This idea can be translated to processes in society, in history, even in our daily lives, where patterns often seem to repeat themselves and we tend to live as though we will never die. 

As an example; the colonial period of the former Dutch Indies might be viewed as a heavy 'hit on the gong' in time in a way that even nowadays both countries involved (Indonesia and The Netherlands) still feel the consequences on many levels, even though we are not always aware of it.

Rehearsal pictures by Connie Forndran

In "GONG" De Jong and Gunawan are intrigued by this concept and use it as a base for a mutual cohesion between dancers and musicians. How could a sense of infiniteness being felt within our body and amongst the dancers and musicians and perhaps even amongst the audience members?

De Jong - from childhood on inspired by the repetitive patterns found in fractals or the works of Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher - and Gunawan's gamelan ensemble Kyai Fatahillah, strive to give the audience an intense, hypnotizing feel, loosing track of time and place.

"GONG" is a continuation of the research done during their Artist Residency in Villa Waldberta-München in 2017.

Iwan Gunawan                                            picture by Connie Forndran

Aafke de Jong                                              picture by Connie Forndran