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Kompiang Metri-Davies

Kompiang Metri-Davies

 

 

Kompiang Metri-Davies was introduced to Balinese dance at the age of five in her home village of Ngis in Eastern Bali, Indonesia.  She moved to the United States in 1992, has married and lives with her family in the East Bay.  She was the lead dancer and played music with the premier American Balinese music ensemble, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, for ten years before forming her own ensemble, Gadung Kasturi Balinese Dance and Music Inc.

 

Metri-Davies has been involved in a number of cross-cultural, cross-media collaborations including: Abhinaya Dance Company's production of The Ramayana (1997) and Chitresh Das' East as Center (2003), which both mixed Balinese and South Asian Indian dance; and ShadowLight Productionsí Sidha Karya (1996) and In Xanadu (1997) which incorporated live dance and shadow puppetry.  In 1998, she worked with Yasmen Sorab Metha on a piece entitled The Piper and in 1996, she choreographed an original dance piece with composer Dudley Brooks called Lithe Spirit.  Metri-Davies was a featured dancer in the presentation of the vintage silent film, Dance of the Virgins, which was accompanied by live music by the Club Foot Orchestra at the World Trade Center in New York City in1999.

 

In 1999 she was a finalist for the Isadora Duncan Dance Award, for both individual and ensemble performance. Metri-Davies was invited to dance with the University of British Columbia's Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, Gong Gita Asmara, in Vancouver in 2001, 2003, and 2004.  She dances for the Consulate General of Indonesia in San Francisco for various events, including an Indonesian Day festival each summer, and annual events in Eugene, Oregon.  In addition, she regularly performs at the Asian and De Young museums in San Francisco, and the Oakland Museum.  In 2005, she wrote and performed the piece Liku-Liku Hidupku: the Story of my Life, an autobiographical work that was featured in the Asian Pacific Islander United States of Asian America Festival.

 

Metri-Davies also has extensive experience teaching dance. She has taught workshops at Sonoma Academy since 2009, held one year weekly classes for Asian Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership in Oakland, and in the summer she teaches for Danceversity Camp at Ashkenaz in Berkeley since 2006.  Since November of 2006, she has been offering free classes for youth at the Indonesian Consulate, and she currently teaches adults and children weekly at the Mahea Uchiyama International Dance Center.  Finally, besides dancing and teaching, Metri-Davies designs and constructs dance costumes, as well.

 

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