Indonesia: Negotiating the Global and the Local in Balinese Performing Arts
- Summer 1 Semester - May 20- June 26, 2014 (Dates Subject to Change)
- Summer 1 Semester - January 26, 2014
Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.
Faculty Leader: Julie Strand (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (email@example.com)
Term: Summer I
- MUSC 2502 Balinese Performing Arts: Music/Dance
- MUSC 3501 Negotiating the Global and the Local in Balinese Performing Arts
This course will explore the arts of music, dance and theater in Bali, examining how processes of cultural globalization have influenced the ways in which the Balinese have accepted, rejected, and transformed various foreign influences as they find their own way of adapting to modern times and new generations. Coursework will cover Balinese history, culture, and music traditions, and case studies that demonstrate different examples how Balinese have responded to forces of globalization.
Students will learn the basics of ethnographic fieldwork and complete a group field research project at the end of the program. The applied aspect of the courses will involve learning to perform the Balinese gamelan and/or traditional Balinese dance, attending local temple festivals and other ceremonies and performances, and attending annual Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar (~45 minutes from where we will stay). The Arts Festival is the premiere showcase for Bali’s top talent in all genres of Balinese performing arts.
- MUSC 2502 – Balinese Performing Arts: Music/Dance
- MUSC 3501 – Negotiating the Global and the Local in Balinese Performing Arts
MUSC 2502 is an applied course on the performance of Balinese Gamelan Gong Kebyar, and an introduction to Gong Kebyar dance for those students who are interested. This course will give students an opportunity to gain deeper understanding of Balinese music and dance by the experience of learning and performing it. All students will study gamelan for the first two weeks, and those interested in pursuing dance will then begin dance instruction on the third week.
MUSC 3501 is a course that explores the history of Balinese music, dance, and performing arts in the contexts of their religious and cultural functions, and how they have developed over various cultural and political contexts over the past 100 years. Through this course, students will also learn fundamentals of ethnographic field research. There will be a number of short papers and quizzes throughout the semester, and the course will culminate in a group field research project (paper and presentation) on an original topic, utilizing both written and field research completed during the Dialogue. The group will write a paper and give an oral presentation to the class on our last day.
In addition to applied instruction on gamelan instruments by our teacher, Dewa Ketut Alit, you will also be learning keys terms and concepts related to gamelan music, and also attending local performances of gamelan music. In addition to daily rehearsals, students will have occasional quizzes reaction papers on performances that we attend. The semester will culminate in a performance of the pieces we have learned.
Students will work with a local artist and his ensemble, and other personal contacts and professional colleagues of the faculty leader.
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Students will be selected by interview and online application essays.
- Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
- $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
- One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
- 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
- What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
- How will the program further your academic and career goals?
- What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
- What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?
*If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.
**Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.
**Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)Schedule Appointment →
Tuition: $10, 195
DOC Fee: $2,000
Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.
Shared rooms in local hotels/guesthouses in Ubud Bali. Hotel will include free wifi, convenient laundry services, air conditioning, and convenient location within walking distance of the city center and daily instruction locations.
The Dialogue will be based in Ubud, Bali for the duration of the program. In addition, we will spend one weekend (two nights) in another part of the island to attend educational events and experience the diversity of the island, and we will attend many events in Denpasar and other cities surrounding Ubud throughout the program.