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Saman Dance of 1000 Hands BOOK/VIDEO

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Price: $14.99
Item Number: WMP-18
Country or Region: INDONESIA
Catalog No: WMP-18
Dancers kneel in a row, their arms weaving complex patterns as the tempo quickens. Their graceful, rhythmic movements are accompanied by body percussion and distinctive, chanted melodies. This is the striking dance form known as Saman. From the island of Sumatra, in Indonesia, Saman is a feast for the eyes and fun for the arms. Students ages 9 and older (through adult) will enjoy this unique experience. Audiences will be mesmerized by it. Learning it is easy through this detailed video and manual set.

Saman includes cultural background by I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda, the director of the dance ensemble from the Indonesia Consulate of Chicago, and instructional guidance by ethnomusicologist/music educator Bob Walser.

The Video includes:
An electrifying performance by a dance group of Indonesian young people from the Indonesian consulate in Chicago
Slow motion footage of each section of the dance, led by Ngurah, to make it easy for your group to learn the individual movements that weave together
Slow motion "mirror-image" footage of Bob Walser performing every section

The companion 8 1/2 x 11 Manual includes:
Complete cultural context
Comments by Ngurah about the dance and his own training
The musical score illustrated with measure-by-measure photographs of the arm and hand positions
Costume and performance suggestions
Selected Resources List
About the Authors
I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda is an Indonesian dancer, performer and teacher. He is on the staff of the Indonesia Consulate of Chicago

Bob Walser is a folksinger/folklorist, ethnomusicologist, and founder of Folklore in Action. He has been a chanteyman at Mystic Seaport, a performer at international folk festivals, and a folkdance and song leader at numerous music education conferences. He is currently working toward his PhD in ethnomusicology in London, with a focus on the music of Uganda.

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