Uses of the sampur in the halus (Refined) style of Yogyakarta court dance

Gardner, Sally M. 2015, Uses of the sampur in the halus (Refined) style of Yogyakarta court dance, Asian theatre journal, vol. 32, no. 1, Spring, pp. 228-244.

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Title Uses of the sampur in the halus (Refined) style of Yogyakarta court dance
Author(s) Gardner, Sally M.ORCID iD for Gardner, Sally M.
Journal name Asian theatre journal
Volume number 32
Issue number 1
Season Spring
Start page 228
End page 244
Total pages 17
Publisher University of Hawaii Press
Place of publication Hawaii, U.S.
Publication date 2015-01-01
ISSN 0742-5457
Keyword(s) Arts & Humanities
Asian Studies
Summary In this essay I discuss how a familiar costume element in Javanese court dance, a long piece of patterned cloth known as the sampur, functions poetically through the ways it is used by the dancer. I elaborate on eight categories of use of the sampur, primarily from the point of view of a Western dancer first encountering the techniques of working with the scarf. I draw on scholars and other commentators to discuss the many dimensions of meaning embodied by these uses. The sampur emerges as a dance element rich in virtuosic potential and nuance, and resonant with numerous dimensions of cultural values.
Language eng
Field of Research 190403 Dance
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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