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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 …

Grup Gedebong Goyang (The Swaying Banana Tree Trunk Sisters) alias G-3
Sunday, 17 Jun, 2007 – 1:00 | 2 Comments
Grup Gedebong Goyang (The Swaying Banana Tree Trunk Sisters) alias G-3

In 2003, Bali was still reeling with the after-effects of the bomb. Depression loomed large. A number of expat women decided to form a group called Grup Gedebong Goyang. A Gedebong is …

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 …

The Java-Bali Fusion Stormed Singapore
Monday, 19 Feb, 2007 – 15:13 | 3 Comments
The Java-Bali Fusion Stormed Singapore

A thousand spectators crowded the Esplanade Theater Singapore to witness the performance of a new contemporary dance, that produced by fusion of sacred Bedaya Ketawang dance, and mystical Legong Calonarang. The calm and meditative moves …

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 …

Concert Dec. 1 Gamelan Gita Sari Under the Direction of I Wayan Dibia
Thursday, 30 Nov, 2006 – 14:34 | No Comment
Concert Dec. 1 Gamelan Gita Sari Under the Direction of I Wayan Dibia

WORCESTER, Mass. The Holy Cross departments of theatre and music presents their famed Balinese gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Gita Sari, under the directorship of visiting fellow in Balinese performing arts, I Wayan Dibia, in concert …

Baris Dance (Warrior Dance)
Wednesday, 29 Nov, 2006 – 7:56 | 3 Comments
Baris Dance (Warrior Dance)

According to Covarrubias no dance in the world can be manlier than baris. Baris, a traditional war dance, typifies the strong elegance of the male and is the source of for all masculine dances. The …

Wayan Loceng of Sukawati has passed away
Thursday, 19 Oct, 2006 – 11:40 | One Comment
Wayan Loceng of Sukawati has passed away

Dear gamelan list,
It is with sadness that I post this notice on the list. I have received news from Bali that the amazing gender player Wayan Loceng from Banjar Babakan, Sukawati passed away early this …

Trance Dance in Pemuteran
Friday, 29 Sep, 2006 – 12:14 | No Comment
Trance Dance in Pemuteran

We had always heard about Trance Dances, but had not encountered one. We asked at Taman Sari hotel if any ceremonies were taking place near Permuteran. Luckily there was a trance dance, on the occasion …

Thank you, Bali & thank you, BALIwww.COM
Tuesday, 29 Aug, 2006 – 9:59 | No Comment
Thank you, Bali & thank you, BALIwww.COM

We, Lila Cita, a Balinese gamelan group, along with Lila Bhawa, our sister Dance group, have just returned to London, UK, from our first Bali tour. The participation for the 28th PKB, Bali Arts Festival, …

I Gusti Putu Oka: “The Tranquil Sound of Solo Bamboo Flute”
Wednesday, 23 Aug, 2006 – 16:48 | No Comment
I Gusti Putu Oka: “The Tranquil Sound of Solo Bamboo Flute”

I was handed a wonderful gift today–a CD re-release of a recording that my Balinese suling teacher, I Gusti Putu Oka, made in 1985 (over 20 years ago!).

photo taken from murnis.com
The re-release was published some …

Contemporary World Dance Came to Ubud
Tuesday, 15 Aug, 2006 – 9:23 | No Comment
Contemporary World Dance Came to Ubud

New York’s BALAM Dance Theatre & Bali’s Semara Ratih Gamelan Ensemble Join Forces for a collaborative performance Saturday, August 12, 2006 at Pura Dalem, Ubud.
BALAM Dance Theatre, a contemporary dance company inspired by Balinese theatre …

Traditional Bali music
Saturday, 5 Aug, 2006 – 7:41 | No Comment
Traditional Bali music

Based near Bali’s capital city of Negara, Suar Agung have played jegog (traditional bamboo music from West Bali) to audiences in Japan on more than 30 occasions in the last decade.

The group’s current tour sees …

Ancient Shadow Puppets (Wayang Kulit)
Friday, 21 Jul, 2006 – 12:39 | 2 Comments
Ancient Shadow Puppets (Wayang Kulit)

Wayang kulit, or shadow puppets as they are more commonly known as in English, are part of an ancient heritage of pre-Hindu culture that still exists in many regions around Indonesia. The word wayang means …

Maharani records and Balinese Music
Saturday, 15 Jul, 2006 – 11:59 | No Comment
Maharani records and Balinese Music

My name is Michael and I run a record company in Australia- I am
searching fo record companies in Bali that will license their music to
me – relaxing Spa music – does anyone know how to …

Lila Cita
Wednesday, 12 Jul, 2006 – 11:37 | One Comment
Lila Cita

Gamelan Lila Cita and the Lila Bhawa Dance Troupe from London, UK will make their Bali debut at the Pesta Kesenian Bali this evening, July 8 at 8.00 pm at the Wantilan in the Taman …

Ramayana International Festival, India
Wednesday, 5 Jul, 2006 – 14:17 | 3 Comments
Ramayana International Festival, India

Chinmaya Yuwak Kendra
30th June 2006
Open Stage Ardha Candra 20.00 PM
Kamban:
Kamban A poet lived in 12th century in Tanjore District in Tamil Nadu, India. There are 10.418 verses in six kandas (chapter). As in Valmiki Ramayana, …

Ramayana International Festival, USA
Tuesday, 4 Jul, 2006 – 13:56 | No Comment
Ramayana International Festival, USA

Young Indian Culture Group, Inc – Sruti Youth Ensemble
29th JUNE 2006, Ksirarnawa Stage 20.00 PM
Ramavana Dharma Saagara The Ocean of Dharma in the Ramayana
It is a unique compilation of Music, Dance and Storytelling, …

Ramayana International Festival, Cambodia
Monday, 3 Jul, 2006 – 16:40 | 2 Comments
Ramayana International Festival, Cambodia

Ksirarnawa Stage 20.00PM
Reamker, the Khmer version of the Ramayana
Preah Ream (Rama) and Kneeing Sedan (Seta) go into exile into the forest. Kong Reap (Ravenna)
appears while they are having a rest. He sees Neang Seda and …

Ramayana International Festival, East Java
Friday, 30 Jun, 2006 – 16:32 | No Comment
Ramayana International Festival, East Java

East Java, By Dinas Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata Propinsi Jawa Timur 27th June 2006
Ksirarnawa Stage 20.00 PM
Title: Dewi Sukesi To Paradise.
The performance by East Java telling about when the priest Of Bhegawan Wisrowo has a marriage …