Hughes-Freeland - Chapter 07
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Changing Styles of Patronage
Tourism and Commoditization
we have discovered, the colonial dance repertoire of the Sultan's court
in Yogyakarta has changed into a classical Indonesian dance form, but
it retains references and identifications from Javanese world-views of
the late colonial period. Joged Mataram in particular is a
reformulation of court dance as classical Yogyakartan dance and
aesthetics founded in an ethical and spiritual ethos from the reign of
the eighth Sultan. Those values resonated with early postcolonial
concerns, but have fitted less well with subsequent normalization.
Joged Mataram framed dance as a resource to develop national character,
but this 'educative capital' was already being challenged by 'cultural
capital' (Bourdieu 1984).