Gamelan Sekar Jaya & Brenda Wong Aoki

Program Area(s)
Grantee NameGamelan Sekar Jaya
Address3023 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley CA, 94705
United States

Storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki is collaborating with Gamelan Sekar Jaya choreographer Emiko Saraswati Susilo, composer I Dewa Putu Berata, and shadow puppet master Larry Reed to stage an interdisciplinary work formed from excerpts of The Mahabharata, a classic epic poem, that will be told through the eyes of Draupadi, a principal female character. While the work takes its inspiration from The Mahabharata, Aoki highlights this culturally-specific work’s universal themes. Aoki will act as the storyteller, weaving together its dance, music, and puppetry elements. Berata and Susilo will create movement and music and lead the members of Gamelan Sekar Jaya in performing the work. In addition to providing direction and dramaturgy, Reed will design the scenic elements and lead a team of puppeteers in performing the theatrical shadow elements. Lead artist Brenda Wong Aoki is a storyteller, anthologized playwright, producer, and artistic director, who is known for her agility across disciplines. As the first nationally recognized Asian American storyteller trained in Noh theatre, she selects stories inspired by traditional legends and everyday life. The mission of Gamelan Sekar Jaya is to foster artistic exchange between Bali and the United States through residencies, workshops, performances, the study and preservation of traditional work, and the creation of innovative works of music and dance honoring Bali’s performing traditions. “Draupadi Project/Sheros” (working title) will premiere in spring 2020.

Grant Amount$40000
Project Dates07/31/18 - 06/15/20
Serving United States/California/Alameda/Berkeley

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