World Fest Resumes in Elyria, Ohio

Arts Midwest World Fest presents international musical ensembles in intensive week-long residencies in smaller Midwest communities. Its purpose is to foster an understanding of and appreciation for global uniqueness and differences.

We are grateful to Arts Midwest and its Senior Program Director Ken Carlson for giving us the opportunity to participate in World Fest not once, but twice this year. We are having a blast and hope you can enjoy some of our photos and stories from the road.

IMG_9309.jpgOur week in Elyria, Ohio began with Easter Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. For most members of Çudamani, this was their first time stepping inside a Catholic church.

IMG_9338.jpgEka demonstrates hand gestures to a group of elementary students and teachers at Lake Ridge Academy. Children and adults alike are often intrigued by the unique finger movements found in Balinese dance.

IMG_9350Emiko and Dewa lead the group in a kecak workshop.

IMG_9384IMG_9406Gangsar and Surya teach students how to play the gangsa.

IMG_9410.JPGIMG_9409Dewa teaches a student how to play the ceng ceng.

IMG_9564.JPGEmiko leads a workshop at Murray Ridge School.

IMG_9612.JPGAgung and the men perform kecak.

IMG_9640.JPGA new admirer thanks Ayu Kadek and Dek Ayu for their beautiful performance.

IMG_9646.jpgThe men wave goodbye to the enthusiastic audience at Murray Ridge School.

IMG_9688.jpgAyu Kadek dances for a small group of students at Lorain Community Middle School.

IMG_9750.jpgIMG_9756.jpgIMG_9767.jpgResidents of Kendall at Oberlin rush the stage with questions and comments. It was privilege to visit this small neighboring community.

IMG_9809.jpgEmiko breaks down the instruments of the gamelan to a group of students at Amherst Steele High School.

IMG_9880.jpgAgung, Surya, and Ratna wait patiently at a community gathering at Pioneer Ridge.

IMG_9884.jpgEka, Ayu Kadek, and Dek Ayu relax while the men perform.

IMG_9892.jpgBenot and Eric get lost in the moment during their kecak performance.

IMG_9898.jpgThe members of Çudamani, energized and excited after a great workshop.

IMG_9955.jpgDewa demonstrates a strong male character.

IMG_0028IMG_0079.jpgThe group performs at a conference for the Midwest Institute for International Education.

IMG_0104.jpgThanks to Janet Herman Barlow and the crew at Stocker Arts Center for a wonderful first week!