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Inventing the Performing Arts: Modernity and Tradition in Colonial Indonesia

Explores changes in Indonesian art practices from 1870’s to 1949, influenced by Dutch colony. Indicates that transportation and communication have brought these new art forms to global economy as well as enhanced modern attitudes to art. Covers the new forms of entertainment inflow during 19thcentury, such as musical drama, spoken drama, choreographic practices, printed literature. Analyzes how those new performing arts conveyed social issues and enhanced waves of cultural tourism, modernized arts, popular theater, and nationalism. Exhibits occupations and institutions development in the 20th century subsequently from the modern arts, such as night fairs, recording industry, schools. Mentions concerns over the loss of Eastern values and traditions, elite codified folk arts, and establishment of cultural centers.