Wow, it’s been an amazing couple of days filled with great food and art! Each of the four fellows on this program is teaching at a different school in the Yogyakarta area and we’ve been doing joint performances at these schools. One of the fellows is kumu hula Keali’i Ceballos and my favorite part of the presentation is watching all the students and teachers squeal in delight as he makes his scantily clad entrance. Then when the hips start swaying it’s sheer pandemonium…
Another fun part of the presentation is playing taiko for Viji Prakash’s dance as she tells the story of Arjuna and Krishna from the Mahabarata. Every school we have gone to has gone out of their way to make us feel welcome and appreciated. The performances have been packed and it’s been great sharing the stage with such a diverse group of artists and getting such positive feedback from the students we present to.
We’ve also been teaching everyday and I have a really great group of students. They have been so eager to learn and it has been a real joy teaching them. So far we’ve gotten through “Renshu Taiko” in just four days! Of course I would be lost without my two new friends Tony and Sigit who have the job of translating for me and making sure I get from one place to the other. All of our support staff here in Yogya has been so good to us and we would be so lost without them.