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Indonesian scholar and artist to perform and speak in Athens

ATHENS, Ohio (July 12, 2005) -- Ohio University's Southeast Asian Studies Program and School of Interdisciplinary Arts welcome Balinese dalang (puppet master), dancer and scholar, I Nyoman Sedana, as a Robert and Rene Glidden Visiting Professor at Ohio University for the month of May. A major international scholar and artist of wayang, the shadow puppet theatre of Bali, Indonesia, Sedana is the chair of the Department of Theatre at the Indonesian Arts Institute in Bali.

The public is invited to attend Sedana's performance of Balinese wayang kulit (shadow puppetry) at ArtsWest, Friday, May 12, at 8 p.m. He will speak on "Multiculturalism and Humanism in Balinese Arts" at the International Studies Forum on Friday, May 19, at 3 p.m. in Bentley Hall, Room 124. He will also perform for children at several area elementary schools through the Ohio Valley International Council and visit a number of Ohio University classes in addition to the wayang class.

As a visiting professor, Sedana will present public lectures, teach classes, perform and create performances with Ohio University faculty and students, and work informally with undergraduates.

Sedana earned a doctorate in theater from the University of Georgia and a mater's degree in theater from Brown University. In addition he has studied at the University of California-Santa Cruz; the Indonesia State College of Arts; and the National Dance Academy Denpasar, Bali. He is widely recognized and has extensive experience as a teacher of wayang and has taught throughout the United States, including at the Southeast Theater Conference, University of Georgia, Florida State University, MIT, Holy Cross College, Emerson College, Brown University and the University of Southern California-Santa Cruz. A widely published scholar, Sedana is the author of the forthcoming book "The Balinese Performance," which will fill a major gap in current scholarship in Southeast Asian performance. In addition, his articles have been published in major international journals, including Music Journal for Asian Society, Asian Theater Journal, Puppetry Yearbook, Puppetry International and numerous Indonesian journals.

While at Ohio University, Sedana will work with students in a course on wayang taught by William Condee, director of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts. According to Condee, his 2003 trip to Indonesia to study wayang changed his perspective toward theater. "I am so glad we have the chance to bring in such an esteemed artist and scholar," said Condee. "Dr. Sedana's visit to Ohio University will provide an opportunity to learn about this ancient art form, and how it functions in modern society. I look forward to teaching with him, and to learning from him along with the other students. Ohio University faculty and students in Athens and Zanesville, elementary students and members of the community will have the chance to learn about shadow puppetry and Balinese culture."

Sedana is the recipient of several major awards including the Asian Fellows Award to study shadow puppet theater in India, the Freeman Research Award from the University of Florida and awards from the Asian Culture Council of New York, the Education Abroad Program of the University of California-Santa Barbara and the Ford Foundation.

He has performed extensively around the world, including Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brazil, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and France. He has also performed widely in the United States, including Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, Alaska, Missouri and Connecticut.

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Media Contact: School of Interdisciplinary  Arts Director William Condee, (740) 593-1315 or condee@ohio.edu

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