Around the World: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ak Dan Gwang Chil, and "Music and Dance of Yogyakarta"
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Asia Society at Home
Each week, we'll share a variety of videos, articles, webcasts, and more from around the web — all curated by Asia Society Texas Center staff to reflect the broad interests and goals of our mission. On Tuesdays, immerse yourself in music, dance, and more by innovative performing artists.
Video: Viet Thanh Nguyen Reading
HOUSTON, November 13, 2017 — Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen reads from his work as part of the 2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series at Stude Concert Hall, Rice University. The reading was followed by an onstage interview conducted by Houston native and veteran William Broyles, author, screenwriter, and editor.
Video: Ak Dan Gwang Chil Live at WOMEX 19
TAMPERE, Finland, October 25, 2019 — South Korean music group Ak Dan Gwang Chil have created a vividly contemporary Korean soul revue, drawing on the shamanistic ritual music known as gut and the minyo folk songs from the Hwanghae province of North Korea. Using traditional instruments, they joyously extract and enhance the groove potential of the ritual rhythms, driving the call and response chants, fronted by the charismatic figure of singer Hong Ok.
Video: Music and Dance of Yogyakarta: Mask and Puppet Dances
NEW YORK, November 11, 2018 — In conjunction with a visit from Hamengkubuwono X, the Sultan of Yogyakarta in Indonesia, musicians and dancers from the sultan's court perform traditional dances at Asia Society New York. The program includes golek menak, a dance inspired by stick-puppet theater (wayang golek) and wayang wong ("mask dance fragment"), a ritual affirmation of the power of the court first created by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I.
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About Asia Society at Home
Though Asia Society is temporarily closed, we are dedicated to continuing our mission of building cross-cultural understanding and uplifting human connectivity. Using digital tools, we bring you content for all ages and conversations that matter, in order to spark curiosity about Asia and to foster empathy.
About Asia Society Texas Center
With 13 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and West. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.