Matthew Isaac Cohen F'08

Matthew Isaac Cohen
Senior Lecturer
Drama and Theatre
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

ACLS Fellowship Program 2008
Senior Lecturer
Drama and Theatre
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Performing Java and Bali on International Stages: Routes from the Indies, 1905-1952

This project is a critical history of stage representations of Java and Bali in North America, Europe, India, and elsewhere outside Indonesia, focusing on the late colonial period and early independence. It examines a shift in artistic sensibility from exotic Orientalism to ethnographic responsibility; the ways that performance established respect for Java and Bali’s cultures; and the structures of anitmodernism and cultural internationalism that co-articulated with performances. The diverse figures investigated include Mata Hari, Richard Teschner, Jodjana, Stella Bloch, Devi Dja, and Rabindranath Tagore. By recollecting forbears’ artistic careers, this study provides a resource for contemporary performers and scholars moving between cultures and continents to reflect upon our own predicaments.