Friday, December 19, 2014

Rampak gendang, Angklung membahawa di gurun pasir Aljazair

16 Desember 2014
Dalam rangka  HUT Pertamina ke-57, Tim Kesenian KBRI Alger mengisi pentas seni Indonesia di ladang minyak Pertamina di Hassi Messaoud dan di Menzel Ledjmat Nord /MLN (Gurun Sahara Aljazair) pada tanggal 8 - 10 Desember 2014. Kuasa Usaha Ad Interim KBRI Alger, Ida Susanty Munir dan Direktur Regional Copal Algeria (Pertamina) Eko Rukmono menghadiri acara beserta para tamu undangan.

Penampilan pertama di Base Camp Hassi Messaoud dihadiri hampir seratus orang undangan yang terdiri dari mitra kerja sama di bidang migas dan pekerja dari berbagai negara. Sementara pada pertunjukan kedua di Base Camp MLN dihadiri hampir dua ratus  orang undangan.  Dalam kedua kesempatan tersebut tim kesenian KBRI Alger menampilkan Rampak Kendang dan Angklung.

Meski suhu udara di bawah 10° C, penampilan tim kesenian KBRI Alger dengan   bersemangat membawakan berbagai lagu daerah dari Indonesia seperti, Tanah Airku, Gundul-Gundul Pacul, Burung Kakatua, Apuse, Tokecang dan Rek Ayo Rek dengan  rampak gendang dan angklung yang saling bersahutan dan melodius.


Para undangan mendapat kesempatan untuk memainkan Angklung dipandu oleh Tim Kesenian KBRI Alger. Kegiatan tersebut mendapatkan sambutan meriah dari para penonton dengan banyaknya peminat yang mencoba memainkan alat musik khas Indonesia dari Jawa Barat tersebut.

Penampilan seni tim KBRI Alger telah meramaikan acara HUT Pertamina dengan penuh kegembiraan dan mendapatkan tanggapan yang sangat antusias dari para tamu undangan. Acara quiz juga menarik perhatian pengunjung dengan hadiah cinderamata kepada peserta yang berhasil menjawab pertanyaan dengan benar.  Kegiatan memeriahkan HUT Pertamina tersebut juga dilengkapi dengan suguhan makanan internasional dan dilengkapi makanan khas kuliner Indonesia. (Sumber KBRI Alger/Dit.Infomed/QZN).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Parade Tarian Yosim Pancar di Wellington


Parade dan kendaraan hias Indonesia yang menampilkan kekayaan ragam seni dan budaya Indonesia dari Sabang sampai Merauke seperti aneka ragam baju daerah, Angklung, tari Merak Jawab Barat dan tari Yosim Pancar Papua mendapatkan sambutan hangat dan antusias dari sekitar 60 ribu penonton Santa Parade Wellington, Selandia Baru (14/12). 
 
 

Parade Indonesia yang diikuti 100 orang warga Indonesia yang berdomisili di Wellington dan sekitarnya berhasil menarik perhatian penonton terutama saat setiap puluhan pelajar dan mahasiswa asal Papua membawakan tari pergaulan Yosim Pancar yang dikenal sangat dinamis. Pagelaran Angklung, penampilan tari Merak dan Yosim Pancar secara bergantian disuguhkan kepada para penonton yang memadati sepanjang jalan rute Santa Parade Wellington, yang berjarak lebih kurang 2 km.

Dengan bentangan spanduk “Wonderful Indonesia” di bagian paling depan, barisan parade dan kendaraan hias Indonesia diikuti oleh Pasukan Pengibar Bendera (Paskibra) yang membawa bendera Indonesia dan Selandia Baru sebagai simbol persahabatan kedua negara, Indonesia dan Selandia Baru.


Selanjutnya, barisan parade diikuti oleh becak mini 3 roda, beberapa pemain Angklung, barisan warga dengan aneka ragam baju daerah, kendaraan hias (trailer) Raja dan Ratu yang dihiasi patung Garuda Wisnu Kencana, para penari tarian Merak Jawa Barat, dan para penari Yosim Pancar Papua serta barisan pembawa umbul-umbul.

Partisipasi Indonesia pada Santa Parade Wellington tahun 2014 berlangsung atas kerja sama antara Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia dan Komunitas Masyarakat Indonesia di Wellington dan sekitarnya untuk Santa Parade 2014, yang dipimpin oleh Jeffry Liando.

Selain peserta Indonesia, Santa Parade Wellington tahun 2014 juga diikuti antara lain parade dan kendaraan hias komunitas masyarakat Cina di Wellington, komunitas masyarakat Latin di Selandia Baru, komunitas masyarakat Inggris di Wellington, komunitas masyarakat Kamboja di Selandia Baru, the Transformers, Harry Potter, FIFA World Cup U-20, Mr & Mrs Potato Head dan the Madagascar Penguins.

Santa Parade Wellington mulai diadakan sejak tahun 1949. Santa Parade Wellington merupakan kegiatan rutin tahunan menjelang hari Natal yang selalu dibanjiri oleh puluhan ribu penonton sebagaimana diutarakan oleh Counsellor Pensosbud KBRI Wellington, Wanton Saragih yang juga ikut serta membawakan pakaian tradisional Tanah Batak. 
(sumber: Pensosbud/KBRI Wellington)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Diplomasi Budaya Mahasiswa Indonesia di Moskow

10 Desember 2014
The People’s Friendship University of Russia (Rossiiskii Universitet Druzhby Narodov) atau disingkat RUDN, pada tanggal 9 Desember 2014, menyelenggarakan pembukaan Pekan Kebudayaan Mahasiswa Asia ke-17 di aula Gedung Utama RUDN. Pembukaan dihadiri oleh 2 (dua) orang Wakil Rektor RUDN (Gladush Alexander Dmitrievich dan Olga Valentinovna Andreeva), sejumlah Duta Besar ASEAN, para mahasiswa Rusia dan asing, serta masyarakat umum.
Duta Besar RI untuk Federasi Rusia dan Republik Belarus, Djauhari Oratmangun, bersama-sama dengan Wakil Rektor RUDN, Olga Valentinovna Andreeva, mendapatkan kehormatan untuk menggunting pita, tanda dibukanya Pekan Budaya Mahasiswa Asia ke-17, yang berlangsung tanggal 8-12 Desember 2014.
Saat ini adalah abad Asia, dan Rusia merupakan bagian dari Asia”, ujar Djauhari Oratmangun dalam pidato sambutannya mewakili para Duta Besar dari Kedutaan negara-negara Asia di Rusia, pada acara pembukaan Pekan Kebudayaan Mahasiswa Asia ke-17 di RUDN.
Acara pembukaan menampilkan 13 booth budaya, yang merepresentasikan negara-negara asal para mahasiswa asing yang belajar di RUDN. Negara-negara yang menampilkan booth yaitu, Indonesia, RRT, Afghanistan, Mongolia, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Srilanka, Malaysia, Kamboja, Laos, Thailand, dan Vietnam.
"Mahasiswa Indonesia selalu aktif dalam setiap acara, terlepas dari jumlahnya yang tidak banyak, namun selalu berperan dalam setiap konferensi, seminar dan pameran budaya”, ujar Wakil Rektor RUDN, Olga Valentinovna Andreeva ketika mengunjungi booth Indonesia.
Sebagai informasi, jumlah mahasiswa Indonesia yang belajar di RUDN sebanyak 15 orang, meliputi, 8 (delapan) orang S1, 4 (empat) orang S2, dan 3 (tiga) orang S3.
RUDN (The People’s Friendship University of Russia) merupakan salah satu perguruan tinggi terbaik di Rusia, menurut Kementerian Pendidikan Rusia, selain Moscow State University, dan Saint Petersburg University. RUDN memiliki 57 program dan sekitar 35.000 mahasiswa. Sementara itu, mahasiswa yang berasal dari Asia sebanyak 1600 orang, dan mahasiswa yang terbesar berasal dari RRT sebanyak 800 orang.
Sebagai informasi, Universitas ini juga berdiri atas prakarsa Presiden pertama Soekarno pada era lalu kepada Uni Soviet. Pada tahun 1960, Nikita Khruscev mengadakan kunjungan balasan Soekarno ke Yogyakarta dan menyampaikan pengumuman pembukaan Universitas Persahabatan Antar Bangsa di Moskow, atau dulu sempat disebut juga Universitas Patrice Lumumba. Hal ini juga pada masa itu sebagai undangan terbuka Khruscev kepada Mahasiswa Indonesia untuk belajar di Universitas Persahabatan Antar Bangsa dengan beasiswa Pemerintah Uni Soviet.
Sejumlah acara telah diagendakan untuk menyemarakkan sepekan kegiatan Pekan Budaya Mahasiswa Asia ke-17 di RUDN tersebut, antara lain, acara round table discussion dengan tema, ‘Asia Modern: masalah dan tendensi perkembangannya’, pameran berbagai diaspora Asia, pemutaran film-film dokumenter tentang negara-negara Asia. Puncak kegiatan sekaligus penutupan dilaksanakan dengan acara Malam Budaya Asia dalam bentuk konser seni dan budaya, pada tanggal 12 Desember 2014. (sumber: KBRI Moscow)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Bullgarian National Championship of Folklore “Euro Folk 2015”

Main event of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2015” is No 1 Festival in Europe for the traditional folklore arts – Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk” in Bulgaria. Every year from 7 000 to 15 000 musicians, singers and dancers take part in it. The participant in Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk 2015” have the right to take part in the National Championship of Folklore Arts "Euro Folk 2015”.
Typical feature of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk" is that all performances are recorded with professional audio and television technics and the best of them are repeatedly broadcasted by more than 50 cable and satellite televisions, as well as the World Wide Internet Television "EuroFolkTV" at tv.eurofolk.com.
 
All of these activities realize the main purpose of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF to promote traditional folk arts through the enormous possibilities of massmedia. Maintaining the diversity of the main traditional values ​​and identity of different nationalities, guarantees the evolution of humanity.
 
All of these activities realize the main purpose of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF to promote traditional folk arts through the enormous possibilities of massmedia. Maintaining the diversity of the main traditional values ​​and identity of different nationalities, guarantees the evolution of humanity.
 
Date 7 - 17 May 2015
Location Veliko Tarnovo
Director Kaloyan Nikolov
Application Deadline 23 January 2015\  
 

Town host - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgarian: Велико Търново) is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province. Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. The old city is situated on three hills, Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora raising amidst the meanders of the Yantra. Tsarevets housed the palaces of the Bulgarian Emperors and the Patriarchate with the Patriarchal Cathedral, as well as a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls. Trapezitsa was known for its many churches and as the main residence of the nobility. In the Middle Ages it was among the main European centres of culture and gave its name to the architecture of the Tarnovo Artistic School, painting of the Tarnovo Artistic School and literature.

Preliminary Program

07/5/2015/  or 14/5/2015/ Day of arrival - Check in at hotel – The rest of the total amount for the group, must be paid at the latest on this day - A detailed program and a person in charge will be provided to each group. Free time for rest, walk to the city (market and clubs). - Dinner (in consultation with the hotel).
08/5/2015/  or 15/5/2015/ Breakfast - Free day from morning till noon- Optional excursion – Visit to "Tsarevets" - Tsars Castle, and Ethnological Museum. - Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel). 10 min presentation concert - 19.00 - 21.00 - festival concert.
09/5/2015/  or 16/5/2015/   Breakfast –   Free day from morning till noon- Optional excursion – Gabrovo - Ethografic complex "Etara", Sofia, Kazanlak, Rouse, Buharest  - Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel). 10 min presentation concert - 19.00 - 21.00 - festival concert. "Sound and lights" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr_wuuT386k
10/5/2015/  or 17/5/2015/    Breakfast - Departure of the groups.
 
During the National Championship of Folklore  "Euro Folk 2015” studio audio recordings and filming of professional video clips of the participants' program will be done free of charge of those performances awarded by the jury or against payment.
 
The preliminary program of XVIII Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2014"-  HERE
The preliminary program of XVII Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2013"-  HERE
The preliminary program of XVI Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2012"-  HERE
You can see the program of last XV Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2011" - HERE

Regulations

Main task of the organizers is to ensure the creative groups an access to the stage, to gather them in a concourse programme aimed at defining the best ones and to popularize the award winners of the fest by broadcasting their art in Bulgaria and the European TV air.
The National Championship of Folklore Arts "Euro Folk 2015” has been organized by EAFF and other organizations within the scope of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2015” – The World is Television.

To enter the contest the participants must be accredited, which is realized under the following conditions:
 
Contest system includes the following categories:
A) Folklore songs groups, authentic folklore (choirs and ensembles)
B) Folklore songs groups, modern arrangement of folklore music; - (choirs and ensembles)
C) Folklore dances groups, authentic folklore; (folklore dance groups, ensembles)
D) Folklore dances groups; modern choreography (folklore dance groups, ensembles)
E) Folklore mix ensembles -  Authentic performances; (live vocal, instrumental and dance)
F) Folklore mix ensembles -  Processed performances; (live vocal, instrumental and dance)
G) Folklore Instrumental groups; folklore music (ensembles and orchestras)
H) Folklore customs groups; replica (folklore groups, ensembles)
I ) Group of urban folklore; (old town songs, old town dance, world folk)
 
*i  individual performers and duets by all categories exept E,F,H;
*1  by all categories there is also ranking of children and young people up to 18 years. /in children's and youth groups can participate up to 30% of participants from different age /
*2  by all categories there is ranking adults people up 18 years.
During the National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2015” studio audio recordings and filming of professional video clips of the participants' program will be done free of charge of those performances awarded by the jury or against payment.

The duration of the program should not exceed 20 minutes.
It is desirable by post or e-mail, to the address of EAFF, to send the last released album of the participant (the group) or demo records of not less than two performances. It is desirable that the application form has an added annotation about the participant and advertising materials – photos. The sent material are not a subject of return.
During the participation of the collective in the championship the organizer could invite it to take part in general events such as Official Opening, Official Closing, cocktail party and others.

Awards

The awards are different from those in Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk”
The big award “Euro Folk 2015” – Grand Prix "Orpheus" and a diploma for the Absolute National Championship of Folklore of Bulgaria.
The Winner of Grand Prix "Orpheus" takes also a money prize of  500 Euro.

First awards in the relevant categories and a diploma for the National Championship of Folklore Arts for the relevant category. The champions obtain golden medals, and for the second and third place – silver and bronze medals. At jury’s decision in the single categories could be given additional golden, silver and bronze medals with the relevant diplomas.
The jury awards the best performances with a free of charge shooting and producing of a free video clip.
All of the participants are granted with deeds for laureates, diplomas and object – awards. The awards are granted on a ceremony during "Euro Folk 2015" Musical Feasts - The world is television.

In jury’s opinion and the producers from Euro Folk Academy the best performers and artistic directors shall be honoured with a Diploma for obtaining the rank Maestro or Maestro Academic. The diplomas are sent to the relevant municipalities with asking for a ceremonial delivery.

All award winners get a free of charge copy of the TV product, which consists of their performances, and has been broadcasted in Bulgaria or in Europe.
The participants can order against payment full recordings of their performances, including video clips, CD and DVD. These products have the right to be broadcasted in the relevant country.
The jury consists of 3 people.
Championship categories are consistent with the categories of the World ranking list of folklore.
In the Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore may participate by 20% of participants from other countries.
Collected points standings with odds for a National Championship.

Points valid for World ranking list of folklore.
 
Championship OddsPoints for participation
Items by Category
First Round
 Second round - Race Grand Prix
National  210
1. 100 
2.  50
3.  30
1. 200
2. 100
3. 70
Next - 4
 
Unambiguous text: The collectives or presenting organizations, if approved by the jury to participate in the Championship, give the organizers the right to be recorded on video and audio, arranged in a program, presenting the fest and broadcasted by a TV channel or in some other way, for which a contract agreement will be signed.
Unambiguous text: Teams from another country that can not participate in the second round, unless they compete and perform Bulgarian folklore.

Registration of the Participants

Participation fee: (for participants and accompanying persons)

The registration fee is 75 Euros per person
Every 25 participants one is welcome to join in for free.
Period 1:   07 - 10 May               Period 2:  14 -17 May
(paying goes in several month payments till departure time)

Accommodation:

Accommodation is in 1/3 and 1/4 rooms (supplement for 1/2 room is 5 Euro per person per night) in 3*** hotels:
All the hotels are located in Veliko Turnovo, based on 3 half-board (breakfast and dinner-buffet)

The participation fee includes:

  • Accommodation in 1/3 and 1/4 rooms, 3 half-board (breakfast and dinner-buffet), (supplement for 1/2 room is 5 Euro per person per night)
  • Organization expenses
  • Free place on every 25-th member
  • Degrees
  • Invitation letter***
  • Include to participate in Stara planina Fest "Balkan folk"

The participation fee does not include:

  • Additional day in some of the hotels: it costs 25 Euro per person
  • Facultative tours (tour of Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, Kazanlak, Gabrovo, Shipka, Ruse, Buharest)
  • Transport, parking, insurance...
  • Transport from airport, railway.
For individual performers and duets have additional participation fee in contest, which is 25 Euro.
 
The participants pay for their participation in the National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2015” by the notified prices. The advanced payment is 20% from the total amount for the participation of the group. It is payable up to March 31,
The registration is made on the basis of an application form for participation by the collective.
After confirming the application form, an advanced payment should be made.
The registration of the participants at their arrival is going to be made at the office by Mother Bulgaria Monument at the centre of Veliko Tarnovo.

General Conditions

The sender covers all bank fees.
Participants do not get paid for their performance.
All filled in and signed applications will mean acceptance of the terms laid by the present regulation.

 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tarian Indonesia (Indonesia Dance)

Tarian Indonesia mencerminkan kekayaan dan keanekaragaman suku bangsa dan budaya Indonesia. Terdapat lebih dari 700 suku bangsa di Indonesia: dapat terlihat dari akar budaya bangsa Austronesia dan Melanesia, dipengaruhi oleh berbagai budaya dari negeri tetangga di Asia bahkan pengaruh barat yang diserap melalui kolonialisasi. Setiap suku bangsa di Indonesia memiliki berbagai tarian khasnya sendiri; Di Indonesia terdapat lebih dari 3000 tarian asli Indonesia. Tradisi kuno tarian dan drama dilestarikan di berbagai sanggar dan sekolah seni tari yang dilindungi oleh pihak keraton atau akademi seni yang dijalankan pemerintah.


Untuk keperluan penggolongan, seni tari di Indonesia dapat digolongkan ke dalam berbagai kategori. Dalam kategori sejarah, seni tari Indonesia dapat dibagi ke dalam tiga era: era kesukuan prasejarah, era Hindu-Buddha, dan era Islam. Berdasarkan pelindung dan pendukungnya, dapat terbagi dalam dua kelompok, tari keraton (tari istana) yang didukung kaum bangsawan, dan tari rakyat yang tumbuh dari rakyat kebanyakan. Berdasarkan tradisinya, tarian Indonesia dibagi dalam dua kelompok; tari tradisional dan tari kontemporer.

Tari tradisional

Tari tradisional Indonesia mencerminkan kekayaan dan keanekaragaman bangsa Indonesia. Beberapa tradisi seni tari seperti; tarian Bali, tarian Jawa, tarian Sunda, tarian Minangkabau, tarian Palembang, tarian Melayu, tarian Aceh, dan masih banyak lagi adalah seni tari yang berkembang sejak dahulu kala, meskipun demikian tari ini tetap dikembangkan hingga kini. Beberapa tari mungkin telah berusia ratusan tahun, sementara beberapa tari berlanggam tradisional mungkin baru diciptakan kurang dari satu dekade yang lalu. Penciptaan tari dengan koreografi baru, tetapi masih di dalam kerangka disiplin tradisi tari tertentu masih dimungkinkan. Sebagai hasilnya, muncullah beberapa tari kreasi baru. Tari kreasi baru ini dapat merupakan penggalian kembali akar-akar budaya yang telah sirna, penafsiran baru, inspirasi atau eksplorasi seni baru atas seni tari tradisional.
Sekolah seni tertentu di Indonesia seperti Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia (STSI) di Bandung, Institut Kesenian Jakarta (IKJ) di Jakarta, Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) yang tersebar di Denpasar, Yogyakarta, dan Surakarta kesemuanya mendukung dan menggalakkan siswanya untuk mengeksplorasi dan mengembangkan seni tari tradisional di Indonesia. Beberapa festival tertentu seperti Festival Kesenian Bali dikenal sebagai ajang ternama bagi seniman tari Bali untuk menampilkan tari kreasi baru karya mereka.

Tari kontemporer

Seni tari kontemporer Indonesia meminjam banyak pengaruh dari luar, seperti tari balet dan tari modern barat. Pada tahun 1954, dua seniman dari Yogyakarta — Bagong Kusudiarjo dan Wisnuwardhana — merantau ke Amerika Serikat untuk belajar ballet dan tari modern dengan berbagai sanggar tari disana. Ketika kembali ke Indonesia pada tahun 1959 mereka membawa budaya berkesenian baru, yang pada akhirnya mengubah arah, wajah dan pergerakan dan koreografi baru, mereka memperkenalkan gagasan seni tari sebagai ekspresi pribadi sang seniman ke dalam seni tari Indonesia.[3] Gagasan seni tari sebagai media ekspresi pribadi seniman telah membangkitkan seni tari Indonesia, dari yang semula selalu berlatar tradisi menjadi ekspresi seni, melalui paparan sang seniman terhadap berbagai latar belakang seni dan budaya yang lebih luas dan kaya. Seni tari tradisional Indonesia juga banyak memengaruhi seni tari kontemporer di Indonesia, misalnya langgam tari Jawa berupa pose dan sikap tubuh serta keanggunan gerakan seringkali muncul dalam pagelaran seni tari kontemporer di Indonesia. Kolaborasi internasional juga dimungkinkan, misalnya kolaborasi seni tari Jepang Noh dengan seni tari teater tradisional Jawa dan Bali.
Tari modern Indonesia juga seringkali ditampilkan dalam dunia industri hiburan dan pertunjukan Indonesia, misalnya tarian pengiring nyanyian, pagelaran musik, atau panggung hiburan. Kini dengan derasnya pengaruh budaya pop dari luar negeri, terutama dari Amerika serikat, beberapa tari modern seperti tari jalanan (street dance) juga merebut perhatian kaum muda Indonesia.
(sumber: wikipedia.org)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Gamelan

Gamelan Taniwha Jaya is a group of New Zealand musicians dedicated to the study and performance of Balinese music. They specialise in contemporary music for Gamelan Gong Kebyar, and frequently incorporate western instruments into the ensemble. They perform on a set of instruments made by Pak Rantes in Denpasar, Bali, which was bought by Gareth Farr in 2003. 

The name combines a NZ Māori word (Taniwha – a mythical water monster) with a Balinese word (Jaya – glorious or victorious) to symbolise the mix of New Zealand and Balinese cultures.
The gamelan is the traditional percussion orchestra of Indonesia, and Bali’s Gong Kebyar style is characterised by unpredictable rhythms and wild dynamic contrasts. Entirely comprised of bronze metallophones and gongs, it has a vibrant and complex sound, and the music shimmers and pulses with a broad range of sound from tiny high tinkling metallophones all the way down to massive booming gongs.
Gamelan Taniwha Jaya was launched in August 2003, and since then has been involved in many projects and performances – including a collaboration with one of NZ’s most popular acts, Minuit, at WOMAD 2012.
In July 2013, the group toured Indonesia, performing music for gamelan by NZ composers in several cities – including the Jogjakarta Gamelan Festival in Java, and in Ubud, Bali.
The ensemble is based at the New Zealand School of Music, Kelburn campus in Wellington – if you are interested in joining the group, please email Gareth – details on the contact page.
See the official website of gamelan in Wellington, NZ -  http://www.gamelan.org.nz

Reyong Fingers Gamelan Padhang Moncar Nz 940

The Seven Ages of Man

from All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (Act II, Scene vii)
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.

Then the whining school boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.

And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow.
a soldier the lover
Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth.

And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part.
The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,

With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
sixth age the justice His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound.

Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.