North and South Bali Collaboration in a Bondres Performance
The International Conference and Festival Cultural Identity of North Balinese was not just all about North Bali but it was also about harmonious synergy between North Bali and South Bali. This harmonious synergy was shown in the collaboration of North and South Bali artists in performing Bondres drama performance (8/1/2009).
I Nyoman Durpa, an artist from Buleleng performed the bondres with three artists from South Bali which are members of RRI (Republic Indonesia’s Radio) bondres troupe. They were accompanied by Dwi Mekar Gamelan Troupe which is led by I Nyoman Durpa. This bondres performance combined humor and advice as well as messages to preserve the local culture.
This performance was special since all of the dancers are close friends since the days they were students at ASTI. They showed their close relationship on the stage through the jokes and sometimes the jokes were about daily interaction that happened between them as a person not as character in the play. A kind of jokes that rarely appear in drama performance recently.
This bondres performance clearly showed that North and South Bali’s artists can work hand in hand to strengthen their own local identity and give more emphisize on diversity through working together in harmony.