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In the Edge of Extinction: Janger Dance
Thursday, 1 Nov, 2007 – 17:44 | One Comment
In the Edge of Extinction: Janger Dance

It is rather difficult to trace the origin of Janger. No place in Bali admits to having been responsible for the first janger. The north Bali says it came from south, the south attributed to …

The Lively Kebyar Dance
Monday, 29 Oct, 2007 – 16:54 | No Comment
The Lively Kebyar Dance

In 1915, a new genre of Balinese Gamelan was introduced in North Bali. This new composition is called Kebyar, involving a mixture of old and new melodies with new variations syncopation, so that it forms …

Cak!
Friday, 12 Oct, 2007 – 18:12 | No Comment
Cak!

Cak or Kecak is a contemporary Balinese dance, a secular dance that its origin can be traced to the sacred Sanghyang dance. This dance was first created by dancers in Bedulu village, Gianyar regency, at …

The Last Day of Classical Dance and Drama Performance
Tuesday, 2 Oct, 2007 – 17:17 | No Comment
The Last Day of Classical Dance and Drama Performance

The third day of Classical Dance and Drama Performance (9/29/2007) presented three classic performances – another Leko performance from Badung regency, Gandrung from Denpasar municipality, and Cakepung from Karangasem regency. These three performances were staged …

The Second Day of Classical Dance and Drama Performance
Monday, 1 Oct, 2007 – 17:39 | 4 Comments
The Second Day of Classical Dance and Drama Performance

The second day of Classical Dance and Drama Performances (28/9/2007) was full to rim with various rare performances, from primitive and mystic Sanghyang Memedi trance dance to highly refined Legong Sudarsana, from grotesque and weird …

The First Day of Classical Dance and Drama Performance
Saturday, 29 Sep, 2007 – 14:22 | No Comment
The First Day of Classical Dance and Drama Performance

The first day of Classical Dance and Drama Performance (9/27/2007) was a kind of traveling back to the forgotten era of Balinese dance and drama performance. The performances which took place in Art Centre Denpasar, …

The History of Wayang Wong
Tuesday, 25 Sep, 2007 – 16:16 | No Comment
The History of Wayang Wong

The history of establishment of wayang wong* began at about the beginning of 19th century. At the time, the king of Klungkung, I Dewa Agung Sakti, ordered the establishment of dance group consisting of thirty …

Prembon: Balinese Hybrid Drama Performance
Monday, 24 Sep, 2007 – 15:38 | No Comment
Prembon: Balinese Hybrid Drama Performance

Early in 20th century many new forms of dance and drama were introduced as a result of the introduction of modern elements to Balinese dance and drama. Among the successful new forms of dance and …

The Origin of Balinese Opera
Tuesday, 11 Sep, 2007 – 16:38 | No Comment
The Origin of Balinese Opera

In 1825, I Dewa Agung Gede Kusamba of Klungkung, the highest in the rank of Balinese princes, died at the end of a fifty-year reign. His cremation ceremony was said to be one of the …

The Dance of Rangda
Friday, 7 Sep, 2007 – 17:09 | 3 Comments
The Dance of Rangda

Out of hundreds Balinese dances maybe the dance of Rangda is the only dance that does not need a great technical ability of dancing, it needs only a courage and high confidence on the spirit …

Rindik: Omnipresent Sound of Bali
Monday, 3 Sep, 2007 – 17:16 | No Comment
Rindik: Omnipresent Sound of Bali

When you arrive in Bali (mostly through Ngurah Rai International Airport), you will likely be welcomed by the soft and soothing sound of rindik. For most of the visitors, the sound of this musical instrument …

A New Balinese Contemporary Dance: Legong Mintaraga
Friday, 31 Aug, 2007 – 16:00 | No Comment
A New Balinese Contemporary Dance: Legong Mintaraga

After successful performance of Bedaya Legong Calonarang Fusion Dance in Esplanade Theater Singapore, Ayu Bulan Dance Workshop presented its new opus, Legong Mintaraga which was staged for the first time at Ancak Saji (front courtyard) …

More Legong Performances
Thursday, 30 Aug, 2007 – 17:55 | No Comment
More Legong Performances

The Balinese dance and musical performances on the fourth day of Mengenang Sang Guru: A Tribute to Anak Agung Gde Mandera and Gusti Made Sengog, Wednesday, 8/29/07 were definitely a beauty in diversity. Dancers and …

The Nostalgic Performances of the Veterans
Monday, 27 Aug, 2007 – 11:00 | One Comment
The Nostalgic Performances of the Veterans

Excellent, magnificent, incredible, beautiful, these adjectives are overuse when describing a Balinese dance and musical performance, but these adjectives are definitely not good enough to describe the Balinese dance and musical performances on the first …

Red Light for Legong
Saturday, 25 Aug, 2007 – 14:36 | One Comment
Red Light for Legong

Guruh Sukarno Putra, dancer and choreographer expressed his fear on the extinction of some legong style in a press release of Mengenang Sang Guru Dance Performance on Thursday, 8/23/07, in Peliatan Ubud. The son of …

Grup Gedebong Goyang Stormed Sanur Village Festival
Tuesday, 21 Aug, 2007 – 13:45 | No Comment
Grup Gedebong Goyang Stormed Sanur Village Festival

The closing of Sanur Village Festival was given a fresh nuance with the performance of Grup Gedebong Goyang (Swaying Banana Tree Trunk Sister or G3). Powered by Rucina Ballinger, Kerry Pendergrast, Suzan Kohlik and Antonella …

Balinese Contemporary Dance
Friday, 17 Aug, 2007 – 16:49 | No Comment
Balinese Contemporary Dance

The religious function of art in Balinese culture plays important role in the daily life of Balinese and unity of art and religion can be clearly seen in every aspect of Balinese life. Considering this …

Topeng Pajegan: The Most Demanding Mask Performance
Wednesday, 15 Aug, 2007 – 17:13 | No Comment
Topeng Pajegan: The Most Demanding Mask Performance

It is not an exaggeration to state that Topeng Pajegan is the most demanding mask performance for an actor to stage. The distinguishing feature of Topeng Pajegan is that it is a monodrama in which …

From Sacred to Profane: Barong and Rangda Dance
Saturday, 4 Aug, 2007 – 12:27 | One Comment
From Sacred to Profane: Barong and Rangda Dance

Of all the form of Balinese dance, the Barong and Rangda performance which involves trance possession were the most fascinating to early western residents and visitors. Followers of the Barong frequently practiced self-stabbing during a …

Balinese Dance: From Sacred to Profane
Friday, 20 Jul, 2007 – 16:41 | One Comment
Balinese Dance: From Sacred to Profane

Development of tourism has penetrated into all aspect of Balinese life. And of course Balinese dance as an icon of Bali is among the first aspects of Balinese culture that are reshaped by the tourism. …

Topeng Panca: Popular Mask Performance
Thursday, 19 Jul, 2007 – 17:07 | No Comment
Topeng Panca: Popular Mask Performance

At the end of nineteenth century, the king of Badung had assembled a truly superior group of dancers to perform at court. Some of the artistes were of brahmana caste, while others were commoners. Ida …

Art and Religion
Wednesday, 4 Jul, 2007 – 17:39 | No Comment
Art and Religion

In Bali, dances, dances dramas and music are almost as indispensable part of a sacrificial ritual as the offering itself. Like an extravagantly supplemented canang offering, they are offered to the gods at home and …

Rejang Dance at Tenganan
Monday, 2 Jul, 2007 – 17:06 | One Comment
Rejang Dance at Tenganan

On Thursday, 6/28/2007, my boss and I had the rare opportunity to witness the Rejang dance at Banjar temple in ancient Tenganan village. Pak Mangku, the community leader of Tenganan, told us that the Rejang …

Gambelan Gambang
Thursday, 21 Jun, 2007 – 13:09 | No Comment
Gambelan Gambang

Gambang orchestra is a set of metalophone-liked pentatonic instrument that is used in cremation ceremony. The children Gambang troupe Tulak Baya of Bambang Village, Bangli regency in Bali Arts Festival 2007 perform several compositions such …

Citra Wistara Cakepung
Wednesday, 20 Jun, 2007 – 17:10 | No Comment
Citra Wistara Cakepung

Citra Wistara Cakepung troupe was established in Buda Keling, Karangasem Regency in 1922 by the late Ida Wayan Oka Targi. Cakepung is a folk performance that is performed in relation with birth, wedding, cremation and …

Leko: Balinese Social Dance
Tuesday, 19 Jun, 2007 – 14:21 | No Comment
Leko: Balinese Social Dance

Leko is a type of social dance, may be a flirtation dance as a matter of fact. In old days, Leko was a palace dance, designed for the entertainment of the king, nowadays it is …

Balinese Stage
Monday, 18 Jun, 2007 – 16:00 | No Comment
Balinese Stage

Before we talk about a Balinese stage, let us take a glance on what Oxford Advance Learners Dictionary has to offer on the word ‘stage’ in the context of theater – a raised area, usually …

Balinese Drama: In Front and Behind The Scene
Wednesday, 16 May, 2007 – 17:15 | No Comment
Balinese Drama: In Front and Behind The Scene

The following is rough picture of how performance may originate in Bali. There is a temple feast coming on; what dancers shall be asked? “Let us fetch those good dancers from —.” Not all of …

Balinese Dance, Drama, and Music
Thursday, 10 May, 2007 – 16:11 | No Comment
Balinese Dance, Drama, and Music

In Bali, dance, drama and music are important part of a ritual or religious ceremony. It is an offering to God. Dancers and actors offer their best performances; musicians play their best melody all for …

The Origin of Legong
Tuesday, 8 May, 2007 – 11:11 | 2 Comments
The Origin of Legong

The classical legong is first mentioned in the lontar (palm leave manuscript), which deals with King Dewa Agung Jambe from Gel-Gel. This King has three sons, the first was named Sri Aji Wirya Sirikan, who …

Gambuh: Ancestor of Balinese Dances
Monday, 30 Apr, 2007 – 15:14 | 2 Comments
Gambuh: Ancestor of Balinese Dances

Gambuh, a classic dance drama that now is in the edge of extinction, is considered as the ancestor of all Balinese dances. All dance-technique originates in its movement, all scales and melodies from its peculiar …

Drama Gong: The Most Popular Theatrical Performance
Thursday, 26 Apr, 2007 – 14:39 | No Comment
Drama Gong: The Most Popular Theatrical Performance

Drama Gong is still the most popular theatrical performance in Bali. For the last four decades, it enjoys a great popularity all over the island. Since early days of its development, Drama Gong has attracted …

Joged Bungbung
Monday, 26 Mar, 2007 – 17:03 | No Comment
Joged Bungbung

When there is a celebration in a hamlet meeting hall or house compound, joged bungbung is one of few sought after social dances that is used to entertain audience and bring more festivity to the …

Arja: Balinese Opera, A Step Closer to Extinction
Wednesday, 31 Jan, 2007 – 12:53 | No Comment
Arja: Balinese Opera, A Step Closer to Extinction

Arja is a kind of Balinese theatrical performance, further development of Gambuh, the oldest theatrical performance in Bali. The word “arja” is derived from the word “reja” means “beauty”. The birth of Arja can …

Gamelan in Balinese Life
Thursday, 25 Jan, 2007 – 17:24 | 3 Comments
Gamelan in Balinese Life

Gamelan in Balinese life has many essential functions; the gamelan’s primary function is to assist in the myriad of ceremonies required during each 210-day cycle of the Balinese Pawukon cycle, as well as those involved …

Gamelan (Traditional Balinese Orchestra)
Wednesday, 24 Jan, 2007 – 15:37 | 2 Comments
Gamelan (Traditional Balinese Orchestra)

The word Gamelan is a Balinese term for “orchestra”; there are many types of Gamelan in Bali. Gamelan is a generic term, and there is dozen or more completely different kind of ensembles. Gamelan is …

Java-Bali Fusion
Saturday, 6 Jan, 2007 – 13:32 | 3 Comments
Java-Bali Fusion

The Java-Bali fusion dance storms the world of contemporary dance. The fusion of Bedaya Ketawang and Legong Calonarang brings a new touch in the contemporary dance performance. The fusion of these very different rivets …

Genjek and Cakepung
Thursday, 28 Dec, 2006 – 12:50 | No Comment
Genjek and Cakepung

The genjek was originated in the regencies of Buleleng and Karangasem, a decade ago. The word “genjek “is derived from the word “gonjak” means joke. It was born as a kill time activity; it started …

Topeng
Sunday, 17 Dec, 2006 – 9:40 | No Comment
Topeng

Masks or topeng, as they are known as in Bali, are popular crafted souvenirs sold in various forms in almost every art shop or gallery around the island. The range is diverse, from those that …

Wayang Wong
Monday, 11 Dec, 2006 – 11:06 | No Comment
Wayang Wong

The term Wayang Wong comes from the two words wayang meaning shadow and wong meaning man. Wayang Wong, which translates to shadow men, is a human dramatization of the Wayang Kulit (shadow puppet) show, wherein …