Cobina Gillitt, Ph.D

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An Introduction to Rasa (inspiration from Rasaboxes) workshop on October 9, 2014 in my Non-Western Theatre History and Practice class at SUNY Purchase. Students are from across various majors. (Slide show takes a moment to load.)
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On March 27, 2014 , Amalia Suryani, gifted teacher and dancer, and founder of NYC-based dance troupe Saung Budaya, gave a Randai workshop for my Theatre in Asia: Indonesia class at Tisch School of the Arts in the Drama Dept.. She began with an informative presentation about the history and form of Randai and then led the students in some basic moves and vocalizations while wearing special pants designed to make noise when slapped.
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Below are photos from the most recent Gamelan and Dance Workshop at the Indonesian Consulate General in New York with Tisch Drama Theatre in Asia: Indonesia students. Led by Pak Nyoman Saptanyana and Ibu Candra. Feb. 22, 2014. Topeng Tua came to class earlier in the week to help us get ready.
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Click here for video from the 2014 Gamelan and Dance Workshop.

Below are images from various workshops I've given or hosted in my Theatre in Asia classes at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU including Rasaboxes, Suzuki Training and Balinese masks. I’m interested in bridging the divide between historical, theoretical and practical elements. To this end, I tend to use a lot of A/V materials in the classroom, organize workshops with practicing artists of various genres and schedule class trips to local performances. I also require "performed scholarship" where students go deeply into an aspect of the course culminating with a presentation of original work or research based on their inquiries.
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Every year since 2005, I've led a Balinese mask workshop for 3rd graders at Friends Seminary. Volunteers to wear the Topeng Tua costume and mask have ranged from older students, to fathers and teachers as well as the principal of the school.

Theatre in Asia: Bali Gamelan and DanceWorkshop at The Indonesian Consulate General, NYC 2010