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Yale SEAS Spring Festival 2009

February 28, 2009

Tonight at Yale University, the Southeast Asia Studies Council hosted it's 7th Annual Spring Festival at Luce Hall.  The evening featured music and dance performances from student groups representing Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia.  The highlight of the evening's performances were several pieces by Ening Rumbini and Wahyu Roche, dancer and musician, visiting performers from Bandung, West Java, visiting Yale during their month-long performance tour in the States.  The Sundanese dance numbers performed by Ening contain within them some of the martial arts movements of Pencak Silat.  Professor Joe Errington, Council Chair, gave some opening and welcome remarks, especially thanking all of the organizers of the evening, notably Professor Sarah Weiss, of the Yale Music Department, who also hosted an Indonesian Dance and Drumming workshop earlier in the day led by Ening and Wahyu.  Prof. Errington also gave special thanks to Indriyo Sukmono, Quang Van, and Kristine Mooseker, all of the Southeast Asia Studies Council, and of course to all of the student participants and performers featured throughout the evening.  The music numbers spanned traditional folk music to modern pop music.  Several of the singers even endeavored to teach the audience several lines in both Vietnamese and Indonesian, and the audience indeed joined in!  We look forward to next year's Spring Festival in 2010...


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January 25th, 2009 by Staff

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