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Indonesian Randai Theatre at UHM: Insights into the adaptation and rehearsal process


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A podcast by Kirstin Pauka, professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai′i at Mānoa
Randai Theatre
Professor Pauka and some of her collaborators share their insights into the rehearsal and production process of training and performing Randai theatre. This was the third Randai production Dr. Pauka has directed in the Department of Theatre at the University of Hawai′i at Mānoa; UHM is the only place outside of Indonesia where audiences can see Randai theatre.

The Genteel Sabai: This February (2012), the UHM’s Department of Theatre and Dance presented the rare theatre form of Randai with its production of “The Genteel Sabai,” a folk dance-drama from the Minangkabau ethnic group in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Randai features beautiful traditional music and singing, martial arts, dance, and acting; and its signature pants-slapping percussion!

Randai Data:

Audiences reached:
Kennedy Theatre performances: 3924
School outreach lecture demonstrations:
Kamehameha Middle school: 400
Kaala Elementary, Wahaiwa: 250
Connections Public Charter School Hilo K-12: 350
Paauilo Elementary, Big Island : 300

Randai Theatre Pants Slap