Dance Critics Workshop

With Lisa Kraus and Sal Murgiyanto

For the 2017 Asia Pacific Dance Festival, we are happy to announce that our resident dance critics Lisa Kraus (USA) and Sal Murgiyanto (Indonesia) will lead an intensive Dance Critics Workshop.

The workshop involves four sessions watching and writing about dance performance. Similar to the reality critics face, participants will file reviews 12 hours after the final curtain. They will learn to use language in sharp and economical ways, be focused and observant, select relevant details and shape a review around a dominant idea. Most importantly, they will learn to pay attention to their own prose, and to reflect accurately the events transpiring onstage. Participants meet for an introductory session, view and write about two days of performance, and then gather to share and critique their own and others’ reviews. No “auditing” permitted; all participants will write.

Open to dance professionals, graduate level students, and undergraduate students, and anyone interested in writing, journalism, art criticism, and performance. Please call (+1-808-956-8246) or email (apdf@hawaii.edu) for more information.

 


 

About the Teachers:

Lisa Kraus’ career includes performing with the Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC), choreographing and performing for her own company and as an independent, teaching at universities and arts centers, presenting the work of other artists as Coordinator of the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series, and writing reviews, features and essays on dance for internet and print publication. With TBDC she appeared in television and film projects including Beyond the Mainstream and created roles in several works including Glacial Decoy (1979) which she taught the Paris Opera Ballet and later Stephen Petronio Company. Her desire to communicate about this experience kick-started her writing on the weblog Decoy Among the Swans. Since 2004 she has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dance Magazine, Dance Research Journal, the Contact Quarterly, the Dance Insider, the Dance Advance Publications & Research site and her Writing My Dancing Life blog. She was a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Dance Criticism. She co-founded thINKingDANCE and was its director and editor-in-chief from 2011–2014.

 


 

Sal Murgiyanto is the founder of the Performing Arts Faculty IKJ and Indonesia Dance Festival. Thanks to the consistency of his efforts in keeping the art of dance in Indonesia, in 2014, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement of Indonesian Dance Festival (IDF) in 2014. He has taken dance classes from the age of 10. His studies have included working with Wayang Orang Sri Wedari, Katiman Mangkunegaran, and with Ramayana Prambanan, Retno Maruti and Sardono W. Kusumo. Seeking to deepen the science of dance, Sal enrolled in the National Dance Academy of Indonesia in Yogyakarta and became one of the first to obtain an education degree in dance. He continued his studies in the United States and in 1991, Sal complete his doctorate in Performance Studies at NYU with a dissertation on 4 important contemporary Indonesian choreographers.

Upon his return to Indonesia, Sal lectured at the Jakarta Institute of the Arts and joined the Jakarta Arts Council. He worked to build the Indonesian dance scene through the four main pillars of the performance arts; artists, critics, audiences and producers. Sal also taught dance for almost twenty years at Tapei National University of the Arts. In addition to lecturing about dance, Sal is a active critic, frequently writing reviews of dance performances.

 


 

Schedule

Friday, August 4, 2017
4:30-5:30PM Critics’ Workshop Dance Building classroom

Saturday, August 5, 2017
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6:45pm Talk Story: A Pre-show Conversation
7:30 PM ‘Ike Hana I

Sunday, August 6, 2017
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1:15PM Talk Story: A Pre-show Conversation with Lisa Kraus
2:00PM ‘Ike Hana II
4:45pm Talk Story: A Post-show Conversation with Sal, Lisa and the resident company directors

Monday, August 7, 2017
11:00-1:00 PM Critics’ Workshop Dance Building classroom

Cost = $136
(includes admission to Asia Pacific Dance Festival Ike Hana I and Ike Hana II concerts)

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