Koyano Tetsuro Story Adaptation / Lead Performer
KOYANO Tetsuro is a traditional Balinese mask dancer (Topeng) and founder/Artistic Director of Urotsutenoyako Bayangans. He is also the Executive Director of Jukung Music, a company preserving and promoting performing arts of Indonesia. After completing a master’s degree in Acoustic Arts from Tokai University in Japan, Koyano received a scholarship from the Indonesian government to study at Indonesia National University of Arts 1995-96. During his stay, he began his training under master artists in Bali. Upon return to Japan, Koyano founded Potalaka, a Balinese mask dance theatre group with percussionist WADA Kei, in order to create a new mask theatre in Japan based on the Balinese performing arts. Through the group’s “Nan-Yo Kagura Project”, Koyano seeks collaborations with artists from various disciplines in search of new genre of performing arts. With Urotsutenoyako Bayangans, Koyano not only performs traditional gamelan music but also create music that blends the Indonesian and Japanese traditions. He strives to push the traditional notion of gamelan onto a next level. He still studies traditional Balinese dance, theatre and shadow theatre under masters in Bali and has been making the effort to nurture the group into a total Bali performing arts entity in the future. Individually, Koyano is an active member of Teatre Cahaya, a group formed with top Southeast Asian artists; has participated in the Kyogen master NOMURA Mannojo’s “Mask Road Project”; and made guest appearances in the works by the internationally acclaimed performing arts company, Pappa Tarahumara. Koyano received high recognition from the Consulate General of Indonesia in Japan in 2005 for his work with Jukung Music and the services to the Balinese performing arts community. He is also a recipient of Asian Cultural Council fellowship in 2006.