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 MÜNCHEN 8-17 JUNE 2018 

Performance dates

Wednesday June 13th 2018 / 19:00 hrs.   

Bayerischer Rundfunk (Studio 2)

GONG is part of programm:

Degung & Gamelan Sunda - traditional and new

Thursday June 14th 2018 / 19:00 hrs.    

Gasteig (Carl Orff Saale)

Friday June 15th 2018 / 19:00 hrs.    

Münchner Stadtmuseum (Open Air)

GONG is part of programm:

Gamelan rituell-zeremoniell-experimentell

Sunday June 17th 2018 / 14:00 hrs.   

Münchner Stadtmuseum (Open Air)

GONG is part of programm: Wandelkonzert (Finale)

Sunday June 17th 2018 / 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 (Kyai Fatahillah)

Dancers Federica Aventaggiato, ChiaYing Chiang,

Rahmida Dewi Patmawati, Valerio Porleri & Fazle Shairmahomed

Costumes dancers Aafke de Jong

'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 (composer, performer, writer/California, USA)

About 'GONG'

For their cooperation internationally recognized composer Iwan Gunawan and choreographer Aafke de Jong explore the idea of "gong" - not so much as an instrument, but more 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. 

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Showing bits and pieces of the choreographic process during a lecture at the Münchner Stadtmuseum 2018

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. But like a sudden blow on a gong, life can change in the blink of an eye.

Rehearsal pictures by Connie Forndran

This project was

partially financed by:

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In 'GONG' Aafke and Iwan 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, amongst the dancers and musicians, performers and audience and perhaps even amongst the audience members?

Aafke - from childhood on inspired by the repetitive patterns found in 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.

picture by Connie Forndran

Iwan Gunawan  

picture by Connie Forndran

Aafke de Jong

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