In March 17, 2016, around 30 students from the
Class of Asia 304, Department of Asian Studies, UBC, had the opportunity to witness
and study the Indonesian traditional art. Class of Asia 304 is an undergraduate
studies at the Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Art, UBC. The class is
led by Professor Thomas Hunter, also teaches Sanskrit Class during winter
session at the Department of Asian Studies.
In front of the whole class, a staff of Indonesian
Consulate and an Indonesian student in Vancouver gave the performance of Golek
Manis dance from Central Java and Legong dance from Bali. Apart from witnessing
the two variety of traditional dances, the students at Class 304 also given the
brief description on the ornament worn by the dancers as well as the underlying
philosophies that relate to the gestures and motions performed in the dances.
During discussion session, the students in
Class 304 expressed their enthusiasm as shown by their responses and questions
surrounding the meaning of the accessories and motions displayed during the
course of the dances.
At the last session, the dancers asked the
students to follow some of the motions performed in the dances, which responded
enthusiastically by the students.