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Sri Tanjung : Audience’s Guide
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 10:17 | One Comment
Sri Tanjung : Audience’s Guide

Opening Music
To begin the performance, we present a small musical composition created by adopting characteristics of the music performed on the gamelan slonding.
Scene 1
Nakula’s son Sida Paksa meditates in the forest.

The scene is accompanied by …

Sri Tanjung : The Women Who Purifies The World
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 10:10 | No Comment
Sri Tanjung : The Women Who Purifies The World

Almost every one of us desires holiness. It is like a lamp shining in the darkness of the night that guides our footsteps from going astray, so that we keep on the right path. Holiness …

Sri Tanjung : About Sri Tanjung
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 9:49 | 3 Comments
Sri Tanjung : About Sri Tanjung

The first traces of the story of a young woman named Sri Tanjung are found on stone reliefs at various archaeological sites around East Java which date to the Majapahit period. These are the Candi …

Sri Tanjung : Mulat Sarira as The Basic Concept
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 9:44 | One Comment
Sri Tanjung : Mulat Sarira as The Basic Concept

In facing the changes which continue to take place, we need to understand more deeply about the essence of our culture. This essence as the central idea will always influence the process of creativity which …

Sri Tanjung : Looking for Taksu Inbetween Tradition and Modernity
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 9:32 | No Comment
Sri Tanjung : Looking for Taksu Inbetween Tradition and Modernity

When we come face to face with a work of art, we often find ourselves in between tradition and modernity, two aspects which at first sight seems contrastive, although it is not so. Those who …

Sri Tanjung : Welcome Mayor of Denpasar
Wednesday, 4 Mar, 2009 – 18:48 | One Comment
Sri Tanjung : Welcome Mayor of Denpasar

WELCOME
The activities of the Arti Foundation, with its creative process based on the understanding of the essence of Balinese culture, to be reinterpreted and adapted in order to influence and strengthen the tradition of Bali, …

Sri Tanjung : Welcome
Wednesday, 4 Mar, 2009 – 18:43 | 4 Comments
Sri Tanjung : Welcome

Just days after leaving the Constitutional Court office, where I served as the court’s Justice for five years, I suddenly found myself involved in an ambiance that I had left years ago: the world of …

Sri Tanjung: The Scent of Innocence was Finally Staged
Saturday, 28 Feb, 2009 – 14:56 | 2 Comments
Sri Tanjung: The Scent of Innocence was Finally Staged

Sri Tanjung: The Scent of Innocence, the newly-created contemporary dance-drama was staged last night at Ksirarnawa building, Art Centre, Jl. Nusa Indah, Denpasar by dancers from Arti Foundation. This contemporary dance-drama was created by Gusti …

Ritus Legong Dance
Tuesday, 24 Feb, 2009 – 16:53 | One Comment
Ritus Legong Dance

The celebration of Tumpek Wariga (a holyday when a blessing ceremony is given to the plants) which was held on Saturday, (2/21/09) in Puputan Square, Denpasar was quite different from the previous celebration. This time, …

Through the Eyes of Researcher : The Religious Role of Dalang (Puppeteer)
Tuesday, 3 Feb, 2009 – 16:13 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher : The Religious Role of Dalang (Puppeteer)

Here is an interesting article on the religious role of puppeteer in Bali. this article is an excerpt taken from Umeda Hideharu’s writing entitled “Between and Adat Agama: The Future of the Religious Role of …

Sri Tanjung : The Scent of Innocence
Sunday, 1 Feb, 2009 – 6:57 | One Comment
Sri Tanjung : The Scent of Innocence

My time has come,
If my blood is fragrant, it is proof that I am innocent.
These were the words of a young woman named Sri Tanjung before she was stabbed to death by her jealous …

Sanghyang Jaran
Sunday, 18 Jan, 2009 – 7:24 | One Comment
Sanghyang Jaran

Sanghyang Jaran, the Pemangku (temple priest) or a group of chosen men becomes himself the Sanghyang, possessed by ancestral deity, a Gandarwa (celestial soldier) on horseback. The dance is performed in the inner court yard …

The Sacred Baris Cina at Renon
Thursday, 18 Dec, 2008 – 17:33 | No Comment
The Sacred Baris Cina at Renon

Another performance of rare and sacred Baris Cina Dance was held in Kahyangan temple of Renon village on Saturday (12/13/08). This rare dance is usually held on the temple anniversaries of certain temples in Renon …

Cat in Traditional Balinese Point of View
Tuesday, 16 Dec, 2008 – 18:51 | One Comment
Cat in Traditional Balinese Point of View

Cat, in traditional Balinese point of view, is an animal that its existence is dilemmatic, respected but plays no significant role, exist but rarely comes up to the surface. In vast inventory of Balinese religious …

Through The Eyes of Researcher: The Precarious Survival of The Legong Dance
Friday, 5 Dec, 2008 – 17:07 | No Comment
Through The Eyes of Researcher: The Precarious Survival of The Legong Dance

Here is an interesting excerpt on legong dance and its survival which is taken from a thesis entitled “The role of Westerners in the conservation of the Legong dance” by Stephen Davies.
The Legong dance achieved …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Legong Dance and Its Recent History
Wednesday, 26 Nov, 2008 – 16:21 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Legong Dance and Its Recent History

Here is an interesting excerpt on legond dance and its recent history which is taken from a thesis entitled “Balinese Legong:Revival or Decline?” by Stephen Davies.
Legong is a genre of Balinese dance accompanied by gamelan. …

Tenganan’s Neighboring Villages
Tuesday, 25 Nov, 2008 – 18:43 | One Comment
Tenganan’s Neighboring Villages

The village of Tenganan in Karangsem regency is indisputably the village with most preserved culture and nature in Bali. It’s popularity as been spread all over the globe but only visitors know the beauty of …

How to Find Free Traditional Dance and Drama Performance
Thursday, 30 Oct, 2008 – 11:08 | 2 Comments
How to Find Free Traditional Dance and Drama Performance

There are lot of dances and drama performances that you can enjoy in Bali, if you just know where and when they are staged. The best way to find a free traditional dance or drama …

Chapel of Love at The Ritz-Carlton
Saturday, 18 Oct, 2008 – 7:00 | No Comment
Chapel of Love at The Ritz-Carlton

A wedding at The Ritz-Carlton sets a new standard in romantic elegance. From bridal showers at afternoon tea to martini nights for bachelor parties, we offer the most comprehensive wedding services and specialize in creating …

Ramayana Performance Hanoman Obong at Nusa Dua Fiesta 2008
Thursday, 16 Oct, 2008 – 17:02 | 2 Comments
Ramayana Performance Hanoman Obong at Nusa Dua Fiesta 2008

Many traditional art performers from various parts of Indonesia gave their best performance in Nusa Dua Fiesta 2008. One of the 5-star performances in Nusa Dua Fiesta 2008 was Ramayana Performance Hanoman Obong performed by …

Tonight is a Special Night
Tuesday, 14 Oct, 2008 – 15:10 | One Comment
Tonight is a Special Night

Tonight is a special moment for the visitors, who come to Bali to enjoy or to study the culture of paradise island of Bali, since many temple ceremonies all over the paradise island of Bali …

The Sacred and Rare Baris Cina Dance at Petitenget Temple
Friday, 10 Oct, 2008 – 11:25 | One Comment
The Sacred and Rare Baris Cina Dance at Petitenget Temple

The unique and rare sacred dance, Baris Cina was performed at the anniversary of Petitenget Temple, Wednesday, October 8, 2008 in Kerobokan. It was quite a surprise for me since I thought that Baris Cina …

A Sad News from Bali
Wednesday, 1 Oct, 2008 – 12:00 | No Comment
A Sad News from Bali

Kak Wayan Konolan, one of the greatest masters of gender wayang from Banjar Kayumas kaja Denpasar passed away last night. He was also known as the father of great musicians, Pk.Wayan Suweca, Pk.Nyoman Sudarna, Bu …

Baris Jangkang: A Baris Dance From Nusa Penida
Sunday, 10 Aug, 2008 – 5:16 | One Comment
Baris Jangkang: A Baris Dance From Nusa Penida

Bali is a paradise for them, who want to enjoy traditional dances, since Bali has various traditional dances to be enjoyed. From sacred dances to social dances or from male dances to female all are …

A Gambuh Performance in Cristina Wistari Formaggia’s Memorial
Friday, 1 Aug, 2008 – 13:24 | No Comment
A Gambuh Performance in Cristina Wistari Formaggia’s Memorial

On Wednesday, 7/30/08, a memorial ceremony to commemorate the late Cristina Wistari Formaggia, 62, a great dancer and key person behind the Gambuh Preservation Project in Batuan, at her home behind the Ibah Hotel in …

Jegog in Bali Art Festival
Thursday, 10 Jul, 2008 – 14:04 | One Comment
Jegog in Bali Art Festival

Jegog is Jembrana’s traditional musical instrument. This instrument consist several sizes of bamboo tubes that are lined up inside a wooden frame. The name of Jegog its self is taken from the biggest instrumental component …

Social and Political Critic in Traditional Balinese Drama Performance
Thursday, 3 Jul, 2008 – 19:24 | No Comment
Social and Political Critic in Traditional Balinese Drama Performance

In Balinese drama performance social and political critics have been an indispensable part of a performance. Social and political critic can be found in all kind of traditional drama performance, from Wayang Kulit (shadow puppet) …

Female Gamelan Group
Monday, 30 Jun, 2008 – 16:05 | No Comment
Female Gamelan Group

When the gong kebyar composition first appeared in Northern Bali with the avant-garde villages such as Bungkulan, Jagaraga and villages at its vicinity in 1915, No one ever dreamed that this genre of Balinese gamelan …

Mask Dance and Religion
Wednesday, 18 Jun, 2008 – 16:34 | No Comment
Mask Dance and Religion

Balinese dances, dance dramas and music and all kind of arts at first in Bali are not art for art’s sake. All choreography, compositions and adances are ultimately rooted in religion. And masked dance is …

Bali Art Festival 2008
Friday, 13 Jun, 2008 – 16:04 | 4 Comments
Bali Art Festival 2008

Tomorrow, Saturday (6/14/08) Bali Art Festival, a month-long festival participated by all regencies in the province of Bali and from other provinces in Indonesia and several foreign participants, like USA, Korea, Japan, Australia, will be …

Frequently Asked Questions about Gamelan
Friday, 6 Jun, 2008 – 17:24 | No Comment
Frequently Asked Questions about Gamelan

Yesterday, I did my regular browsing activity on the net and stumbled across an interesting article entitled “Frequently Asked Questions about Gamelan” in www.dcgamelan.com, a site owned by Gamelan Mitra Kusuma, which is founded in …

Conrad Hotel Bali – Wedding Chappel II
Friday, 30 May, 2008 – 14:48 | No Comment
Conrad Hotel Bali – Wedding Chappel II

At Conrad Bali, a wedding specialist is on hand to custom-design events for two to four hundred, from intimate and private nuptials and blessings, to grand wedding celebrations. A simple yet treasured exchange of vows …

Finally, The Real Sanghyang Dedari
Monday, 26 May, 2008 – 16:24 | One Comment
Finally, The Real Sanghyang Dedari

Tomorrow evening, 05/27/08, the real Sanghyang dedari dance will be held in Bukit Buluh Temple, in Banjar Gunaksa (Gunaksa hamlet), Ababi village, Karangasem regency. When I say the “real Sanghyang Dedari” what I refer …

Trance Dance in Bali
Friday, 16 May, 2008 – 16:36 | One Comment
Trance Dance in Bali

People who know little about Bali, at the least know that there are dances in which men in a state of trance attack themselves with their krisses, that there are other dances in which little …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Contrasts of Music Style between Java and Bali
Tuesday, 6 May, 2008 – 17:05 | One Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Contrasts of Music Style between Java and Bali

Here is an interesting article on the contrast of Music style between Java and Bali from Fredric Lieberman.

Java and Bali share many basic music-style elements. The predominant instruments in both traditions are struck metal idiophones …

Balinese Answer for Aesop’s Fables
Thursday, 24 Apr, 2008 – 17:02 | One Comment
Balinese Answer for Aesop’s Fables

The west has Aesop fable, which deals with the numerous fables and the Balinese answer for this series of the fables, is Tantri story. The Tantri story is the name of Javanese version on the …

Welcome Dance
Saturday, 12 Jan, 2008 – 16:56 | No Comment
Welcome Dance

During the heyday of tourism in Bali around 70s and 80s, the visitors to the paradise island usually had a chance or two to be showered by flowers by a group of girls with golden …

Inspired by Birds
Thursday, 20 Dec, 2007 – 14:44 | No Comment
Inspired by Birds

Birds are animals which inspired many choreographers to produced beautiful Balinese contemporary dances. Their energetic and sometimes elegant movements combined with their beautiful feathers are never-ending source of inspiration and imagination for Balinese choreographers to …

Frog Dance
Thursday, 6 Dec, 2007 – 13:48 | No Comment
Frog Dance

Animals, their behaviors and movements are the source of inspiration for many Balinese choreographers to create new Balinese contemporary dances and one of the most successful contemporary dances that depict the behavior and movement of …

The Kalaspa Health Retreat
Friday, 2 Nov, 2007 – 14:47 | No Comment
The Kalaspa Health Retreat

Hidden among the tress of the rain forest, and located at heights of more than 1,200 …