Sydney Gamelan Association
Based in Sydney, Langen Suka performs traditional
Central Javanese gamelan and dance.
Secretary & Public Officer
The Javanese words "langen suka" suggest a collective of people happily united by a common vision. Langen Suka's aim is to develop awareness and appreciation of Javanese performing arts in the community through performances, demonstrations and workshops.
Regular rehearsals have resumed!
We rehearse on Friday nights, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, in the Old Darlington School at the University of Sydney. More information.
Anyone can learn to play the gamelan! As a representation of an ideal society, gamelan has a place for every individual with his or her own personality, character and ability. The easiest instruments will produce a beautiful tone just by being struck and are suitable for beginners; the more difficult instruments offer a complex system of improvisation in melody and rhythm to those who are ready to advance.
Details of some of Langen Suka's performances in the last decade are available.
Like the music of the gamelan which accompanies it, this dance style has Hindu-Buddhist influences seen in the use of statuesque poses and intricate finger and hand positions. In the refined female and male styles, there is a slow and flowing meditative quality similar to that of tai chi which allows the movements and poses to be connected seamlessly. In stark contrast, the strong male style is bold and expansive demanding a high level of physical ability comparable to Western ballet. The rich colours of the costumes, sumptuous jewellery and detailed makeup only serve to beautify the movements of this ancient and highly complex dance form.