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Inventing the Performing Arts: Modernity and Tradition in Colonial Indonesia

Matthew Isaac Cohen


Indonesia, with its mix of ethnic cultures, developed sense of national modernity, and cosmopolitan ethos, provides an important lens for investigating creative dialectics of tradition and modernity in the performing arts in globalized Asia. This book examines changes in the practice and conceptualization of drama, dance, music, puppetry, and pageantry under colonialism, exploring the mutual imbrication of traditional and modern arts from circa 1812 until independence in 1945, with special focus on the Japanese occupation. While the arts in Indonesia were always sites for intercultural exchang ... More

Keywords: Indonesia, theater, music, dance, puppets, gamelan, tradition, modernity, Java, Bali

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824855567
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824855567.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Isaac Cohen, author
Royal Holloway, University of London