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Theatre arts professor conducts research and masterclasses in Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia

September 19, 2008

Theatre Arts Associate Professor Artemis Preeshl has just returned from a summer conducting research and masterclasses in Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia through Loyola’s Marquette Faculty Fellowship Program. The program provides funding to support two months of full-time work on scholarly or creative projects during the summer.

Preeshl directed and performed in a commedia dell’arte scenario of “The Parade” (Act III, Scene VII) from Shakespeare’s “All's Well That Ends Well,” on June 13, at the first Balinese Fringe Festival in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

She taught a week of masterclasses in acting and directing as a visiting professor at the Universiti Technology Mara in Shah Alam, Malaysia and conducted three days of commedia dell’arte masterclasses with six different theater companies hosted by the Universiti Technology.

In July and August, Preeshl participated in six weeks of mask training with internationally known theater director Per Brahe and Shakespearean text workshops with Aole T. Miller. During this time, she also studied Balinese dance and chanting with two Balinese companies.

She studied Legong, a classical non-dramatic Balinese dance form performed before the royal court, with legendary performer Raka, who was made famous by the 1953 Columbia Artists Management world tour; the Balinese warrior dances of Baris with the famous Kebiar dancers Ida Bagus Mandala and Oka Dalam Mandala; Kacak a cappella chanting with internationally renowned mask maker and dancer Ida Bagus Anom; and Gambuh, traditional Balinese court dramatic dances with the company of I Ketut Kantor.

During the courses, Preeshl participated in group performances of Kacak once and Legong twice in costume at the Peliatan Theater in Ubud, and at Purnati Center for the Arts in Batuan, Bali, Indonesia.

Preeshl also conducted a masterclass focusing on the application of commedia dell’arte to Shakespeare’s “All's Well That Ends Well” with the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble in Brisbane, Australia.

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