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R. Diyah Larasati

Accomplished Indonesian performance artist and scholar both taught and conducted research at UCLA in 2005-06.

By Barbara Gaerlan

R. Diyah Larasati served as an important language informant for Javanese language at UCLA during Fall 2005 and Winter 2006 for the Linguistics department's "Field Methods" sequence wherein students learn how to dissect a less-commonly-taught language.  In Spring 2006 she expanded her Visiting Scholar affiliation with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, pursuing research on "Citizenship of Women in post-1965 Indonesia," in cooperation with Professor Geoffrey Robinson of the Department of History with support from a generous gift to the Center from Dr. Robert Lemelson.

Diyah Larasati is a dancer and scholar from the Republic of Indonesia.  She is on the faculty of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta (Graduate and undergraduate program in Arts), visiting professor at the Graduate Program of the School of the Arts, Surakarta, and member of the Ministry of Culture and National Education of Indonesia. After the May 2006 earthquake leveled much of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, she took a leading role in fundraising for earthquake relief and reconstruction.

In 2004-05, Ms. Larasati taught Intermediate Indonesian language in UCLA's Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Recipient of an AAUW (American Association University of Women) Home Country Project Award, in summer 2004 she produced a series of performances and conferences in Indonesia focused on “Women, Performing Arts and Interpretation.”  Her research has included Indonesian Female Performers, Cultural Policy, Memory -Genocide and Performing Arts in South East Asia focusing on the countries of Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Vietnam, Thailand and her home Indonesia. 

In 2001-02, she was awarded an Asian Scholarship from the Ford Foundation.  She conducted research, performance and teaching in Cambodia while she worked closely with the Indonesian Embassy and Cambodian government in Phnom Penh.  Funded by the Asian Cultural Council/ Rockefeller Brothers and Fund, she received her Master’s Degree in dance from UCLA in 2000.  In 1997, supported by the World Bank, MSPI/ Ford Foundation, Indonesian Government and Institute of the Arts, she received her Master of Arts in Performance Studies/ Literature from Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia from which she graduated summa cum laude.  Her research focused on the impact of tourism in Bali and Hawaii.

Ms. Larasati has published widely in Indonesian Language in the areas of Performing Arts Studies and Cultural Policy.  Her writing entitled “Bali: Staging national policy and representation for tourism,” appears in Asian Dance Voices of the Millennium edited by Moh Anis Md Nor.  Other publications include: “Peranan Banjar dan Sekaha Dalam pengembangan Seni Wisata”, Seni jurnal Pengetahuan dan Penciptaan Seni, V/03-04 Juli 1997, Yogyakarta: BP ISI Yogyakarta, 160–169.  “Kerja kreatif Seniman Tradisional dan Modern,” Pertunjukun Perjalanan, Jurnal Masyarakat Seni Pertunjukun Indonesia tahun VIII-1997, Bandung: Bentang, 47–56. “Gandrung di Lombok Barat," Seni Pertunjukun Indonesia, Jurnal MPSI, 1996, Bandung: Bentang, 14-25.  Topeng Dalang Marengan Madura Tinjauan Pergeseran Pemilikan dan keintegralan. Seni Jurnal pengetahuan dan Penciptaan Seni IV-03, 1995, Yogyakarta:BP ISI, 240–249. “Cultural Reinvention: Indonesia and United States Relations” (Forthcoming).

Diyah Larasati is also project director of Larasati & Co, a Women’s Dance Company of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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