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bali in film/john coast
Friday, 1 Aug, 2008 – 5:00 | No Comment
bali in film/john coast

dear rina,
your site states that the hope/crosby “road to bali” (1952) includes film of the balinese dancers who were performing in the usa at the time in john coast’s legendary tour.
much as i wish it …

Memorial of Gambuh Master
Saturday, 26 Jul, 2008 – 5:46 | No Comment
Memorial of Gambuh Master

This month has seen the loss of two great figures in the world of Gambuh here in Bali. First I Ketut Kantor (I Nyoman Kakul’s son) passed away from a stroke earlier this month and …

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 …

A Balinese Folktale: Another Version of Calonarang
Wednesday, 25 Jun, 2008 – 16:49 | One Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Another Version of Calonarang

Once upon a time, there was a region named Daha. When Daha was ruled by King Sri Aji Airlangga the region was remained safe and the people were prosperous. On his power, none of thieves …

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 Dances Today Part 1
Sunday, 4 May, 2008 – 9:00 | 3 Comments
Balinese Dances Today Part 1

Tightly wound in golden costumes, quivering flowers atop tooled leather crowns, the dancers’ eyes dart from side to side, matching the energy in their hands as their fingers seem to shimmer in their joints. Balinese …

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 …

A Man of Many Friends: Ida Bagus Oka Wirjana
Sunday, 9 Mar, 2008 – 12:46 | One Comment
A Man of Many Friends:  Ida Bagus Oka Wirjana

I walked into the compound of the griya (Brahmin household) in the midst of much activity. Their family gods were getting new shrines and every post and pavilion was wrapped in …

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 …

Çudamani Gamelan Music & Dance Summer Institute
Tuesday, 27 Nov, 2007 – 5:05 | No Comment
Çudamani Gamelan Music & Dance Summer Institute

Summer Institute Bali, Indonesia 2008Three week program: June 30 – July 19, 2008
Application deadline: January 25, 2008 or until enrollment fulfilled
www.cudamani.org
With the success of the 2007 summer program, the internationally acclaimed Çudamani ensemble will …

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 …

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 …

Gamelan Cudamani US/Canada TOUR 2007
Sunday, 7 Oct, 2007 – 9:00 | One Comment
Gamelan Cudamani US/Canada TOUR 2007

ON TOUR
ODALAN BALI: An Offering of Music & Dance by Gamelan Cudamani
USA/Canada (Oct-Nov ‘07)
www.cudamani.org
ÇUDAMANI, the 26-member music & dance ensemble from Bali, Indonesia presents ODALAN BALI featuring cutting edge new works as well …

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 …

Ayu Bulantrisna Djelantik
Wednesday, 22 Aug, 2007 – 12:18 | 5 Comments
Ayu Bulantrisna Djelantik

Name : Ayu Bulantrisna Djelantik
Address:
1) 2350 Wilbur Way, Auburn, Ca 95602 Ph 1-530-210 1910 Fax 1-530- 888 6833
2) PPR ITB no E-17 Bandung 40135 Indonesia
E-mail: btrisna at gmail.com
Born in Deventer Netherlands, 8 September 1947 …

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 …