Dance Department

Events, Fall 2014

Events with Division of the Arts Speaker, Emiko Saraswati Susilo 

Intro to Balinese Dance - A workshop for students from any and all artistic disciplines
Wednesday November 19, 2014 @ 6:30-8PM in the Dance Studio, free and open to the Reed Community

Lecture Demonstration on Dance, Music and Culture of Bali- Showing of work on video, solo performance, and Q & A
Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 6:00-7:00 PM in the PAB Performance Lab, free and open to the public

Reservations recommended for both events.  To make a reservation, visit the Dance Department’s home page
These events are supported by the Mellon Fund for Dance Programming and Divisional Speaker Fund

Emiko Saraswati Susilo is a choreographer, dancer, and vocalist known for her dynamic and soulful performance and for choreography that delves into questions of the contemporary world through work that is at once innovative and yet deeply rooted in tradition.

Active in Balinese and Javanese performance for well over three decades, she began playing gamelan as a child and studied Balinese and Javanese dance under Ni Made Wiratini and the late master KRT Sasmintadipura. She has taught Balinese dance since 1992 and in 1997 became a founding member of Çudamani, where she is now Associate Director.  Her work with Çudamani, one of Bali’s finest performing ensembles, has inspired many young Balinese women to study gamelan, and the organization’s accomplishments in this arena are truly historic. Susilo also works with Cudamani’s renowned company dancers, whom she often prepares for regional competition, performances at the esteemed Bali Arts Festival, and international touring.

She joined Gamelan Sekar Jaya in 1991 and has since held successful residencies as Guest Artist, Guest Dance Director, and is now serving as Company Director. Citrangada, Susilo’s most recent choreography, explores the question of beauty and strength through the eyes of a warrior princess whose story is seldom told in Balinese and Javanese tradition. Her work, Legong Somya, which took on the Balinese search for spiritual peace after widespread massacres of the 1960s, was premiered to sold out houses in Santa Barbara and LA, and is now being performed and toured by Gamelan Çudamani.

Emiko has long been drawn to the intersection of language, culture and the arts and her creative work integrates dance, vocal work, music and the stories that convey the unique culture and history of a people and also resonate on a deep level of shared human experience.

Susilo received her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Latin American Literature from UC Berkeley and her MA from the Dept. of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Dance + : Opportunities for Summer Study, Exchange Programs, Internships, Graduate School, and Professional Work in Dance

Wednesday, December 3 at noon in PAB 320

Are you interested in opportunities in dance, including summer study, internships, domestic and international exchange programs, graduate school, and professional opportunities? Members of the dance faculty will discuss some of the current opportunities and will be available for questions.

Winter Dance Concert

Saturday-Sunday, December 13-14, 7:00 pm in Greenwood. Choreography by Reed students, faculty and special guests.

Plus Upcoming Dance Performances in Portland

White Bird Dance presents dance companies from around the world. This falls roster includes Diavolo, Michael Clark Company, BalletBoyz and Yossi Berg & Oded Graf.