APPEX 2010

Asia Pacific Performance Exchange Residency
Feb 1- 21, 2010 — BALI, Indonesia

APPEX 2010 is a three‐week intensive residency in Bali, Indonesia. For five days a week, traditional and contemporary performing artists will engage in master classes, studio workshops, experimentation, collaborative projects and public performances. On weekends and evenings, participants will be introduced to the vibrant arts and culture context of Bali through specially planned field trips and concerts. A total of 16 artists have been selected participate in the APPEX 2010 program. An equal number of American and Asian participants have been selected from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia. See Live feed of WORKSHOP IMAGES.


APPEX 2010 is supported by the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, Asian Cultural Council-New York, Navin Doshi , Kay and Ashok Talwar and ANA - Arts Network Asia (an enabling grant body, working across borders in multiple disciplines, that encourages collaboration initiated and implemented in Asia by Asian artists and Asian arts communities).

APPEX 2010 Fellows

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Agung Gunawan, Central Java. Gunawan graduated from the High School of Arts in Yogyakarta, and then trained in Javanese classical dance in Surya Kencana and at the Kraton (Palace) where he currently performs. He has also trained in other styles (eg, Sumatranese, Betawian and Kalimantan) under the tutelage of Bagong Kusudiharjo and studied contemporary movement with Miroto. He is presently Assistant Choreographer of Miroto Dance Company and has toured with internationally with the company. With the Padepokan Seni Bagong Kusudiharjo, he has performed in Vermont, Boston and Washington DC in the USA. He was resident dance teacher, choreographer and performance in Bucharest, Romania.

Gunawan is very active in Indonesia with a contemporary music ensemble led by composer Prof. Vincent McDermott. More recently he was Assistant Choreographer for the acclaimed film Opera Jawa directed by Garin Nugroho. As collaborator, he has worked with the Nottle Theater Company and Tony Yap Company and performed with both companies in Indonesia, South Korea, Australia and Japan.

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Ronnarong Khampha, Thailand. Khampha is a choreographer/dancer from Northern Thailand's Lanna region. He has developed his own performance style using traditional dance and contemporary aesthetics. He has performed traditional northern Thai and contemporary dance on numerous continents, including Europe, North America, and Asia. He recently performed contemporary dance at the 2009 Fringe Festival in Chet Samien, Ratchaburi, Thailand; the Indonesian Dance Festival, and in a theatre performance, Phra Lor, directed by Patravadi Mejudhon, at Patravadi Theatre Bangkok, Thailand. Since 2001, he has also performed as a musician and dancer with Changsaton, Chiang Mai’s leading musical group specializing in traditional and contemporary Lanna music. Ronnarong has taught Javanese Dance and Traditional Javanese Costume to students at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University. He studied Lanna Dance (Traditional Northern Thai dance) at a young age in his village of Phayao and graduated with a BFA (Specialty in Thai Art, Honors) from Chiang Mai University, Thailand in 2004. He also studied Javanese and Balinese traditional dance at the Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Surakarta (Solo), through the Indonesian national Dramasiswa Scholarship Program, 2006-2008.

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Kamrul Baisah Bin Hussin, Malaysia. Kamrul is a native of Kelantan in Northeast Malaysia, an area renowned for its rich traditions of Malay performing arts and ritual healing. Hussin performs Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppetry), Malay percussion and is also a vocalist and teacher of Malaysian acapella singing group. He was nurtured artistically from an early age by his father who is an exponent of Main Peteri (the art of ritual healing). He completed formal training at the National Arts Academy of Malaysia (Akademi Seni Kebangsaan) where he received his Diploma in Music with a special emphasis in Malay Percussion. He is a versatile instrumentalist and performs the traditional music of Kelantan such as Makyung, Wayang Kulit, Dikir Barat, Kertuk, Rebana Ubi and Silat Kelantan . He is also a skilled performer on the Djembe, Cajon, Tabla, Conga, Malaysian Rebana, Darbuka, and Dgridu. He is a master instrument maker- Malaysian Rebana, Gambus, Gitar and other traditional instruments of Kelantan. Hussin is a tremendously active artist and has performed as percussionist in numerous productions including “M The Opera”and “Makyung” for the Prince of Gondang. He has performed contemporary music for Kraftangan Malaysia and Pesta Gendang Nusantara. Kamrul is Music Director for traditional and modern theater productions such as Theater Gelanggang, and Panggung Eksperimen Teater at ASWARA (Aswara’s Exprimental Theater Stage) among others. He is a currently a music lecturer at the Koleji Universiti Islam and at ASWARA in Malaysia.

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Nimmy Raphel, India. Nimmy graduated from the prestigious Kerala Kalamandalam School for classical dances where she trained for ten years in Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi. She is currently a resident actor, dancer, musician and puppeteer at the Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Art Research, in Pondicherry, India. Nimmy has performed with Adishakti in the acclaimed productions "Brhannala" and "Ganapati" at various venues both national and international. From 2008 she has been operating the lights for "Impressions of Bhima" a play by Adishakti. Nimmy disseminates Adishakti's performance method which relate the tantric centers in the body to movement behavior, psychological and vocal expression, through workshops held at Adishakti.

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Peni Candra Rini, Surakarta Indonesia. Peni Candra Rini is one of the few and rare young artists in Indonesia who performs "sindhen" (a female solo singer who sings with a Gamelan orchestra). As a teacher of vocal and musical composition in ISI Surakarta, Peni works with youth and strongly believes in the importance of preserving the musical traditions of Indonesia. Peni has participated in numerous festivals and collaborated with artists from all over the world. She performed in the 2002 World Music Festival, 2004 International New Jazz from Switzerland-Live at the Temple”; and collaborated with Geisser mazzola Duo, Indonesia Performing arts Mart in Bali 2005 and Surakarta in 2007. She has collaborated with the Widosari Gamelan Ensemble from Amsterdam and performed at the: Trophen Theater Rotterdam de Evanaar Rotterdam; Rasa Utrech; Korzo Den Haag Netherlands; and Kreuzkirche Kassel Germany. She was also invited to perform at the 2006 Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta International Jazz Festival, and the Melbourne International Art Festival. Most recently she performed at the 2009 World Peace Orchestra in Jakarta and "Festival de I'imaginare" in France. She received a silver medal for Best Vocal Performance at 26th April Spring Friendship Art Festival in Pyong Yang, North Korea. She will perform in “Opera Jawa" in 2010 in Europe.

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Leslie K. Gray, USA. Leslie is a Los Angeles based writer/director/puppetry artist and artistic director of Triumvirate Pi Theatre. Her Theatre BA is from UCLA where she first became involved in puppetry. She has presented workshops and performances at The Getty Center, The Craft and Folk Art Museum, The Skirball Center, The Museo Nacional de Artes in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Jamia Millia Center in New Delhi, India. Her show “The Pink Dress” a puppet production based on her mother’s experiences in an American Internment Camp, tours to schools under the auspices of the Music Center. Leslie is also known for creating shows for non-traditional spaces the Fenyes Mansion, Pasadena Museum of History and the Los Angeles Athletic Club. She is also a printmaker and photographer. Her illustrated children’s book of “The Pink Dress” is currently on sale. Leslie is fluent in American Sign Language and teaches deaf students when not doing theatre.

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D'Lo, USA. Described as a "jolt of creative and comedic energy", D'Lo is a Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American, political theatre artist/writer, director, comedian and music producer. D'Lo has performed and facilitated performance and writing workshops extensively (US, Canada, UK, Germany, Sri Lanka & India), having recently held workshops in LA with the South Asian immigrant queer community of SATRANG and as a teaching artist with Teada Theater Company. D'Lo holds a BA from UCLA in Ethnomusicology and is a graduate of New York's School of Audio Engineering (SAE). Aside from vigorously touring the university/college circuit this year, D’Lo acted in a Cornerstone Theater production of “For All Time” at CIW, a staged reading of Terry Wolverton’s play “Embers”, sound design for Adelina Anthony’s “Brusing for Besos”, directed 2 solo shows for Teada's Healing Aloud Season (Raquel Salinas & Shyamala Moorty), wrote and collaborated with Theater Mu in Minneapolis on a Taiko Show and performed at the Bay Area's Fresh Meat Festival. D'Lo’s solo show "Ramble-Ations: A One D'Lo Show” which received the NPN Creation Fund Grant co-commissioned by Pangea World Theater (MN) and New World Theater (Amherst, MA) was presented at the Ashe Cultural Center in New Orleans, 2009. Recently, D’Lo presented the premiere of a new solo show “Minor D’Tales” at San Francisco’s Brava Theater.

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Preethi Athreya, India. Preethi is a Chennai-based contemporary dancer; Preethi Athreya trained in Bharatanatyam under the Dhananjayans. She holds a post-graduate degree in Dance Studies (Laban Centre, London, 2001). Preethi has been working with choreographer, Padmini Chettur in Chennai since 1999. Her solo creations are Kamakshi (2003) Inhabit (2006) and Porcelain (2007). Her work has been seen at acclaimed festivals in Europe, including the Impulstanz festival in Vienna, 2009. A constant dialogue with existing form and content and possibilities of re framing them marks her approach. She is currently working on a new project that questions the expressions of sorrow and loss. Preethi’s poetry in response to the paintings of Marion Lesage has been published in their collaborative book, L’Inde à fleur d’âmes by Editions La Martinière, Paris (2004). Her review of Belgian choreographer, Michel Laub’s work, Total Masala Slammer was published in the Dance Research Journal, New York, in 2004.

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Sathya Sam Cambodia. Sathya started learning classical dance majoring in the female role in 1981. Neak Kru Sathya is a star dancer at the school of dance. She dances the role of Seda (Sita) in the ‘Reamker’ in all the performances of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts including the Ramayana Festival at Angkor Wat temple. She was lead dancer in the contemporary classical dance pieces by the renowned Cambodian choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro including ‘Samritechak’ (a re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’), ‘Seasons of Migration’, and ‘Pamina Devi’ (a re-interpretation of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’). She has represented Cambodia in many international and local conferences and workshops. She has choreographed several classical dance works and worked in a number of contemporary dance pieces. She has toured extensively to the United States, Canada, Australia, and throughout Europe and Asia. Most recently, Neak Kru Sathya was one of the lead dancers in a new work of Cambodian contemporary dance entitled ‘Khmeropédies II’ by French / Khmer choreographer Emmanuèle Phuon.

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Narim Nam, Cambodia. Nam Narim comes from a long family line of esteemed Cambodian classical dancers. Her grandmother Em Theay is one of the few master dancers to have survived the Pol Pot Regime while her mother is one of the great ‘giant role’ dancers of her generation and her six brothers and sisters are all established dancers and musicians. Narim began her classical training at the age of nine. She completed the Secondary School of Fine Arts in 2000 and received her BA in choreographic arts from the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh in 2004. She continued her studies at the Korean National University of Arts where she graduated in 2009 with a masters degree in choreography. She is currently a member of the Cambodian National Theatre troupe, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. As a classical dancer she has performed nationally and internationally and has participated in many festivals in Cambodia, Korea and the US. Narim has choreographed 7 works both in Cambodia and Korea mostly combining her classical Cambodian training with contemporary expression and techniques.

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Suzanne Teng, USA. Suzanne Teng, M. Mus., a is an accomplished and internationally acclaimed flutist, composer and educator who performs and records on numerous flutes from around the world with her contemporary world music ensemble Suzanne Teng & Mystic Journey and on film, commercial and television sound tracks. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Independent Music Awards, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Los Angeles Music Awards. Her music is artful (performs concerts internationally), entertaining (featured on America's Got Talent and Survivor), educational (teacher nationally as a YAMAHA artist) and most important to her, healing. She was selected by Genentech, Inc. to create a CD that has been distributed to over 50,000 breast cancer patients around the world. The Los Angeles Times says "Teng plays music for the soul" and her album Mystic Journey was named a Critic's Choice by Billboard Magazine and a Top Album of the Year by Public Radio International.

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Lesa Terry, USA. As a violinist, composer, artistic director, educator, and scholar, Lesa Terry is at the vanguard of contemporary musical interpretation and an artist whose creative genius consistently brings distinctive innovation to musical performance. The astounding depth and breadth of her talents are apparent upon a cursory review of her background including a master’s degree in Afro-Latin music and in pursuit of a doctorate degree in Ethnomusicology. Her career as a professional musician includes experiences that provide her with a unique base of knowledge and a framework for originality that surpasses anything and anyone associated with typical. Her accomplishments include membership with the Atlanta and Nashville Symphony Orchestras, as well as performances, lectures, clinics and master classes with the Uptown String Quartet and Max Roach Double Quartet. Ms. Terry serves as the founder and musical director for the Women’s Jazz Orchestra of Los Angeles, recently presenting stellar performances for the 2008 World Festival of Sacred Music and the 2006 Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Within the field of music education, Lesa continues as a major contributor to innovative string pedagogy, presenting lectures, clinics, workshops, and demonstrations for the United Nations, North Atlantic Fiddle Conference, Alasdair Fraser’s Scottish Fiddle Camp, American String Teachers Association, Santa Monica College, Duke Ellington Conference, UCLA, International Association of Jazz Educators, Henry Mancini Institute, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cal Arts Summer Music Program for High School Students, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, New York University, The Manhattan School of Music, Julliard School of Music, and the University of Massachusetts. Lesa Terry’s 2001 CD entitled, “A City Called Heaven, Spirituals For Jazz Violin” highlights her dedication to music from the African American continuum as well as a desire to create revolutionary approaches in the field of jazz improvisation and healing through music.

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Sheetal Gandhi, USA. Sheetal is an intercultural, multidisciplinary choreographer and performer. She creates work that is reflective of a life that embraces diversity, observes human experience and yearns to tell a story. She uses movement, complex rhythmic structures, theatricality and live singing to craft a virtuosic and evocative physical/vocal vocabulary. Sheetal worked as a creator and performer in Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion, and toured with the international cast from 1999-2001. She was Co-Artistic Director of the modern dance company California Contemporary Dancers in San Francisco from 2001-2004. Her solo and group work has been presented in theaters and festivals around the country and in Mexico, Canada, Ghana, Israel and India. Her NY credits include: leading role in the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams, Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and the revival of Hair. Gandhi’s passion for rhythm led her to Ghana, West Africa where she studied the traditional music and dances of the region. Gandhi grew up folk dancing within her own culture and in 1995 moved to India to further study the North Indian classical dance form Kathak. As a percussionist, she plays the calabash, or dried gourd, and the West African xylophone. She draws on her strengths and professional successes from the subway platform to the Broadway stage to create work that blurs cultural and disciplinary boundaries, promoting intercultural understanding through artistic excellence.

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Daniel Corral, USA. Daniel Corral is a composer and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Eagle River, AK. Currently residing in the Los Angeles area, his unique voice has found a diverse range of outlets. He has had his music performed by an orchestra riding the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel, been featured at a USC faculty concert of original player piano music, displayed his massive multi-movement music boxes at galleries all over Los Angeles, accompanied avant-garde dance, theater, and puppetry across the USA, and much more. Daniel received his MFA from CalArts in 2007, where his teachers included James Tenney, Morton Subotnick, and Anne LeBaron. He received his BM from the University of Puget Sound in 2004.

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Chelsea Green, USA. Chelsea Green is a classical guitarist and vocalist whose special interests include expansion of the guitar repertoire through performance of new music, publication of effective transcriptions and involvement in innovative collaborations. In 2006, California Guitar Archives published her transcriptions for guitar and voice entitled Erik Satie: Four Songs from 1886. She is an original member of The Los Angeles Electric 8. The group often takes their program of classical music arranged or written for 8 electric guitars on tour throughout major California venues, including prisons. During her Master of Music in guitar performance degree program at UCLA, Chelsea was awarded both the Randy Rhoades Scholarship and the Mimi Alpert-Feldman Scholarship. She is currently pursing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at UCLA, studying guitar with Dr. Peter Yates. Aside from performing, Chelsea teaches guitar throughout the Los Angeles area, prepares guitar and voice transcriptions of art songs for publication.

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Dan Bales, USA. Dan Bales is a percussionist, director, and composer with an interest in performance and multidisciplinary collaboration. A percussionist since the age of 12 and a computer based music composer for over 12 years, he is passionate about creating a fusion of traditional and contemporary world music styles and electronic music. He received his degree in music composition from Cornell College in Iowa. Dan has studied under Dr. Donald Chamberlin, Dr. James Martin, Dewa Putu Berata of Gamelan Cudamani, I Putu Putrawan, and Bapak I Nyoman Cerita and Bapak I Made Arnawa from Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI). His interest in Balinese gamelan has led him to involvement in a variety of gamelan based performance ensembles. He is founding member and musical director of Gamelan X and a member of Gamelan Sekar Jaya in the Bay Area, where he has performed as a percussionist in the Jegog and Gong Kebyar ensembles. Other notable collaborations include music/dance performance "Grey to Gold" at the ODC in San Francisco (2008) and the Loyd Family Players Samba Gamelan collaboration (2006). His performance and composition work has been seen at acclaimed festivals and events in the US and Bali, including the Bali Arts festival (2005), the TED convention in Long Beach, CA (2008), and the annual Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, USA (2004-2009). He is currently working to record an album of contemporary beleganjur music composed by I Putu Putrawan, Bapak Arnawa, Dewa Berata and himself. Dan returns to Bali in summer 2010 to perform at the Bali Arts festival with the Jegog ensemble from GSJ.

Header Photo: APPEX 2006 at UCLA. Photo by Jorge Vismara