Aaron Taylor Kuffner—sculptor, composer, and creator of the Gamelatron—composes improvisational sound pieces while dancers I Nyoman Wenten and Nanik Wenten perform movements based on Balinese dance. Each performance will be 30 minutes.
I Nyoman Wenten (b. Denpasar, Indonesia) is a performer, musician, and chair of Balinese and Javanese Music and Dance, World Music at California Institute of the Arts. He is also an associate adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Wenten is a graduate of the Music and Dance Conservatory in Bali (1965) and the National Academy of Dance in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (1969). He received a master’s degree from California Institute of the Arts (1974) and a doctorate in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles (1996). He has toured and performed in five continents including Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. He is the artistic director of Gamelan Burat Wangi at CalArts. He has collaborated with numerous musicians, composers, and dancers, including: Linda Sohl-Donnell (2016); Balinese Gamelan Ensemble Gunung Mas, University of San Diego (2013); Music of Bali Ensemble, UCLA (2009); Sardono W. Kusumo (2008); Compania Nacional de Danza Folklórica (2004); and Peking Opera in Hong Kong (2003), amongst many others.
Nanik Wenten (b. Yogyakarta, Java) is a performer, choreographer, and professor of Balinese and Javanese Music and Dance, World Music at California Institute of the Arts. She began training in Javanese dance at a young age, at the Kepatihan, a prime minister's residence in Yogyakarta and at Pakualaman court. She later attended the National Dance Academy in Yogyakarta for formal training. Wenten is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts, where she received her master’s degree in dance. She has been a member of University of California, Los Angeles’ Music of Bali Ensemble since 1995. Wenten has given lecture demonstrations, performances, and workshops in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. She has collaborated with Morton Subotnick, Ed Emshwiller, Larry Reed, and Marion Scott, amongst others.
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