Harsanari is a San Francisco-based company founded in 1995 to teach and perform Indonesian dance and to educate the American public about Indonesian dance and culture.
Since 1997, under the leadership of Michael Ogi, Harsanari has specialized in dances from Sunda, West Java, Indonesia. From classical masked dances and dramas that enact the great Hindu epics the Mahabharata and the Ramayana to the contemporary folk dance forms that incorporate martial arts movements, Sundanese dance is rich and complex. It shows the influence of the many groups that have traded and settled in the area over the centuries, but remains uniquely distinctive, with its dynamic syncopated drumming patterns, quick wrist flicks, sensual hip movements, and fast shoulder and torso isolations.
Harsanari has participated in numerous Bay Area dance performances, and was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for its 2000 Ethnic Dance Festival performance.
Since June 2000, Harsanari has been associated with noted dance master Achmad Farmis, S.Sn. and Diah Agustini, S.Sn. of Bandung, West Java.
For information about performances, or if you are interested in taking classes or private lessons, please contact us.