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Open Access 10. Indonesian Performing Arts in the Netherlands, 1913–1944

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10. Indonesian Performing Arts in the Netherlands, 1913–1944

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This chapter surveys the Indonesian performing arts 'scene' in the Netherlands during the late colonial period through the end of World War Two, looking particularly at Javanese dance and music associations, Indies drama, kroncong clubs, touring professionals and pan-Indonesian student groups. The performing arts were initially inward looking. The first gamelan concert by Javanese students was organized to illustrate a lecture on music addressed to an academic audience. The Indies drama was the correlate of the Indies novel (Indische roman), a popular literary genre in the colony and the Netherlands at the time. A small number of plays, including Victor Ido's Karina Adinda, were adapted into Malay, and there are signs of influence of Indies drama on the development of naturalist drama in Malay, Javanese and other Indonesian languages. The loosely-organized Javanese arts performing groups began to attract attention from neighbouring European countries by the mid-1920s.

Keywords: gamelan concert; Indies drama; Indonesian performing arts



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