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Dance drama of Java
New York Public Library. Dance Division (Producer)
Murgiyanto, Sal (Choreographer)
Nrangwesti, Endang (Choreographer)
Suharto, Ben (Dancer)
Wenten, Nyoman (Dancer)
Harjito, Tri Widyaningsih (Dancer)
Anusapatri (Dancer)
Ward, Penny (Videographer)
Purtell, Tim (Videographer)
New York Indonesian Consulate Gamelan (Performer)
Murgiyanto, Sal (Dancer)
Nrangwesti, Endang (Dancer)

Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image Original Documentation

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1990-03-30
Table of Contents
CONTENTS. - 1 (45 min. total): Gending Condronoto (approx. 20 min.). Musical piece, for gamelan and voice. Ramayana dance drama: Introduction and Scene I (approx. 25 min.). Prince Rama and Princess Sita, exiled to the forest, are separated through a ruse by the evil king Rahwana, who abducts Sita. Hanuman, the monkey general, offers to help Rama recover his wife. -- 2 (57 min.): Scene II. In the women's quarters of Rahwana's palace, Rahwana's niece Trijata attempts to protect Sita from her uncle's advances. Hanuman infiltrates the palace to tell Sita that rescue is on the way. Beset by two giant palace guards, he successfully repels them. Rama and Rahwana battle, and the victorious Rama is reunited with Sita.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2234
(Hindu deity), Rāma
Wayang wong (Dance drama)
Dance -- Indonesia -- Java
Dance -- Indonesia
Filmed performances
Filmed dance
Venue: Videotaped for the Jerome Robbins Archive at the Triplex, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, New York, on March 30, 1990, by Penny Ward/Video, with the assistance of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. First camera: Penny Ward. Second camera: Tim Purtell. Edited version, including close-ups; for straight copy of the wide-angle shot, see: *MGZIC 9-2307 Dance drama of Java.
Creation/production credits: Choreography: Sal Murgiyanto and Endang Nrangwesti Murgiyanto.
Performers: Performed by Ben Suharto (Rama), Endang Nrangwesti Murgiyanto (Sita), Nyoman Wenten (Rahwana), Sal Murgiyanto (Hanuman), Triwidyaningsih Harjito (Trijata), and Anusapatri (giant), with Margot Becker R., Joseph Ocasio, Leslie Rudden, Carla Scheele, and Joan Wittig. Musicians: I. M. Harjito, Sumarsam, Denni Harjito, Minarno, Barry Drummond, and Alan Robinson, with the New York Indonesian Consulate Gamelan, directed by Anne Stebinger.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (U-matic) (103 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Traditional Javanese dance-drama based on the Ramayana, the Hindu epic, performed in the classical court style of Surakarta, Central Java.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY916023295-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12170003
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a787f880-7d94-0138-d52f-31b9adbf6c6a
Rights Statement
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dance drama of Java" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1990.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dance drama of Java" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 29, 2020.

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Dance drama of Java