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April 20, 2006

Asian Theater Subject Of Performance, Discussion April 21

A performance of Balinese Topeng mask dances will be followed by a panel discussion on Balinese, East Indian, Japanese and Philippine theater as part of a presentation titled "Theatre, Transformation, and Transcendence: Asian Theatre Past, Present, and Future" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, in Theater B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is being sponsored by the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and the Department of Theatre Arts, a unit of the UI Division of Performing Arts in the CLAS. For more information, contact Loyce Arthur at 319-353-2409.

The dance will be performed by Topeng mask artist and Wayang Kulit puppet performer I Nyoman Sedana, a faculty member and chair of the Pedalangan Theatre Department at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Denpasar. Born in 1962, Sedana completed his B.A. in 1986 in puppet theater at ASTI Denpasar and his Ph.D. in 1989 at STSI after performing Arja opera in the form of shadow theater and its script "Luh Martalangu." In 2002 Sedana completed a Ph.D. in drama and theater at the University of Georgia, with a dissertation titled "Kawi Dalang: Creativity in Wayang Theatre."

Following Nyoman Sedana's performance, a panel of guests will conduct a discussion on Balinese, East Indian, Japanese and Philippine theater. Panelists will include Sedana; Anton Juan, Ph.D., a director, playwright, filmmaker and professor of theater arts in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Film, Television, and Theatre; Farley Richmond, Ph.D., director, professor of theater and film studies and director of the University of Georgia's Center for Asian Studies; and Ni Wayan Seniasih, choreographer, female Balinese dance performer, and singer.

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