Hughes-Freeland - Chapter 06
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The Art of Dancing
now explore the philosophy of Joged Mataram, 'the dance of Mataram'.
Joged Mataram, the title of an influential text by Gusti Suryobrongto
(1976) about the principles of Yogyakartan court dance, which are
traced back to the seventeenthcentury Javanese kingdom of Mataram.
Joged Mataram represents the transformation of ritually resonanced
performance into art with an aesthetic rather than a ritual
instrumentality, but it has not eliminated the relationship between
expression and spirituality which we have already encountered.