South and Southeast Asian Studies 39, Section 1

Southeast Asian Performing Arts (2 units, LG) SEATS AVAILABLE

Dr. Maria Josephine Barrios-Leblanc, Ms. Cynthia Aban and Ms. Ninik Lunde
Tuesday 9:00-11:00, 33 Dwinelle Hall, Class number: 17243

The course focuses on Southeast Asian Performance–the music of Vietnam, Indonesian dances, and Philippine theater and music. Discussions shall be guided by the following questions: How have geography, religion, social structures, customs, and beliefs shaped indigenous performing art forms? How are performing traditions revitalized in contemporary times? How have experiences of colonialism and social movements informed the work of performing artists? How can we read/view these works today?

Instructor Bio

Maria Barrios-Leblanc has a Ph.D. in Filipino (Philippine Literature) from the University of the Philippines (UP). Before coming to UC Berkeley, she served as Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the UP College of Arts and Letters. She has written/edited more than a dozen books including language textbooks, poetry collections and research on Philippine drama and literature.

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Cynthia Aban is a singer and kulintang player with the multi-awarded performing band Grupong Pendong which utilizes indigenous instruments in creating contemporary music. Before coming to UC Berkeley, she was a Ph.D. student at the University of the Philippines studying Filipino psychology.

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Ninik Lunde has a Master's degree in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin. She taught Indonesian language at UW Madison for five years and has been teaching beginning and intermediate Indonesian since 1993 at UC Berkeley. She has created audio-visual materials for her classes. Her academic interests include linguistics and comparative literature. In addition to language teaching, she also has been performing Javanese, Balinese and Sumatranese dances on campus, in the Bay Area and at dance festivals.

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We hope to attract students interested in one, both, or all of the following: the Southeast Asian region, the performing arts (music, dance, theater), and history.

This seminar is part of the following programs

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