Posts Tagged ‘balinese dance’

Exploring and Exposing Semara Pagulingan Saih Lima at Bali Arts Festival 2017

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

As always, when any of our gamelan troupes get an invitation to perform at a major festival, we take this opportunity to reconstruct lost music in preparation. (more…)

I went to see a Balinese dance performance and it was on a stage – how were Balinese art-forms presented before the advent of tourism?

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The way Balinese present their art-forms has changed dramatically over the last half a century or so. The western concept of a stage – let alone a theatre or a concert hall – never existed in Bali before tourism started to slowly develop in the 60s.

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Cultural Complacency

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Many times I’ve thought to myself: What makes Bali such a popular tourist destination? Is it the surf? Is it the shopping? Is it the weather? Is it the nightlife? What is it? What makes Bali different from the rest? What makes people keep coming back and telling others to visit? The answer is in one word: CULTURE. (more…)

World’s First Balinese Dance Tutorial Series – helping Balinese dance to ‘blossom around the world’

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Have you ever tried learning Balinese dance? It can seem pretty tricky with all those flashy eye movements, wrist twist, back arching and finger wiggling! Indeed Balinese dance can be a little challenging the first time you try… (more…)

What is Wayang Wong Part II

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

According to Prof. R.M Moerdowo’s book, Reflections on Balinese Traditional and Modern Arts, wayang wong as we know it today was once referred to as Barong Blasan or Barong Kedingkling. (more…)

What is Wayang Wong Part I

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

If you are interested in Balinese traditional art-forms, many of you would have heard of wayang kulit: the shadow puppet show; however, the human version of these puppets, called wayang wong, is probably less familiar. (more…)

What is legong?

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

An extremely basic definition of legong is a dance traditionally performed by pre-pubescent girls in the palaces of feudal Bali. The word legong has been interpreted differently by a number of academies and its origins are unclear. (more…)

What is Gambuh? Part II

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Gambuh is Bali’s oldest dance drama that developed in the 15th century in the Klungkung kingdom of Gelgel. (more…)

Mekar Bhuana creates New Year’s Drama at Oberoi

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Mekar Bhuana performed their first original drama this past New Year’s Eve. (more…)

What is Gamelan Gambuh?

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

With the coming of the Majapahit Kingdom to Bali, and the subsequent rise to power of the Gelgel Court of Klungkung, a golden age of art proliferated. One of these art-forms was a style of music and orchestration called Gambuh. (more…)

Mekar Bhuana at Bali Arts Festival 2011

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Mekar Bhuana will perform at the Bali Arts Festival again this year on Sunday June 19th, a day after the festival opening, presenting the material they performed at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010: rare and previously extinct semar pegulingan music accompanying a showcase of gambuh dances. (more…)

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