Sundanese Dance

We saw this performed on Saturday when we attended the wedding of one of our neighbor’s children.  Weddings here are a huge affair, and this was no exception.  The girl performing is also one of our neighbors, though until now we had no idea she knew these dances.  At some point we hope to be able to ask where she learned them and if she is studying traditional dance somewhere.  The music accompanying the dancer is a recording of gamelan, a traditional Indonesian ensemble made up of gongs, xylophone-like instruments, flutes, drums, and the occasional stringed instrument.

I apologize for the quality of the video and sound – it was very crowded and lots of people were constantly walking around, and they had the sound system cranked up extremely loud.  Although the quality is less that great, we still want to share this interesting glimpse into the local Sundanese culture. 

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=11018061&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

Sundanese Dancing from Matt Menger on Vimeo.

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