Bali Hi Java Jive Jam

Another Hoboken event you can attend. See main press release below.

Thursday, November 30th at 7:30 PM:

“Bali Hi Java Jive Jam”

javajam1.gifA Benefit Performance to support the Yogyakarta Artists Relief Fund at St. Matthew’s here in Hoboken (Along the lines of last year’s Young Folk for Folk auction – but this year it’s a performance “spectacle”)


  • An original Javanese-style Wayang Kulit shadow puppet play by 5/6
  • An authentic Sumatran dance as performed by 7/8


  • Guest Artist &Acclaimed Balinese Mask Dance Master: I. MADE SURYASA
  • Performing Balinese classics w/ AMAZING masks and costumes…


  • Indonesian food , 7/8 jewelry for sale, and much MORE!

Sponsored by the 5-8 Arts of Indonesia classes.
With additional sponsorship from Starbucks.

Read the press release below:


Inspired by the Performing Arts of Indonesia
Hoboken Charter School’s
To Assist Javanese Artisans Devastated by Recent Earthquakes

The arts and service learning remain at the core of the curriculum at Hoboken Charter School. This will be particularly evident in the upcoming benefit, “BALI HI JAVA JIVE JAM”, taking place on Thursday, November 30, at 7:30 PM at St. Matthews Church and Community Center at 57 – 8th Street in Hoboken. Under the direction of K-8 art teacher and Dodge Foundation teaching fellow SK Duff, the benefit will feature HCS students in performance with acclaimed Balinese masked dancer, I. Made Suryasa direct from Bali, Indonesia.

The evening will feature a student performance of a traditional Sumatran dance directed by Kim Wiley-Schwartz; along with an original wayang kulit (Javanese influenced shadow puppet) play directed by Duff. The puppet play, entitled “Children of Surya”, deals with the hopes, dreams and power of children in dark times. The student performances will be complimented by a performance by I. Made Suryasa who will perform authentic dances rich in cultural history from the Indonesian islands. Suryasa’s performance will weave a rich tapestry of “masked dance” pieces highlighted by the mythological, character and creature masks with Hindu roots that are native to Indonesia.

“BALI HI JAVA JIVE JAM”, is the creation of teaching artist and poet SK Duff, who takes pride in cultivating rich hybrids of art and service in his lessons and projects conducted with his students at the Hoboken Charter School. Last year’s project, “Young Folk For Folk” raised close to $5,000 for outsider artists in New Orleans who were displaced by the ravishes of Hurricane Katrina.

Also on hand will be a variety of refreshments including Indonesian and Indian dishes. Starbuck’s will provide FREE Sumatran and Indonesian coffee blends. In addition to the performances and food, art students of HCS will be selling their recent jewelry creations including works in various media featuring silver and polymer clay, ranging from pins and bracelets, to necklaces and key chains. A silent auction will also be a part of the evening and will feature Indonesian artifacts and distinct artworks created by NY/NJ artists influenced by the arts of Indonesia. Admission for the event is only $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12 — all proceeds will benefit the Yogyakarta Artists Relief Fund providing support to native artisans displaced by recent earthquakes in Java.

For further information, please contact Hoboken Charter School at 201-963-0222
or S.K. Duff (K-8 Art Teacher/Service Learning Co-Coordinator) at
or Beth Kilmer (Service Learning Co-Coordinator) at

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