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Balinese Dance, Drama & Music: A Guide to the Performing Arts of Baliby I Wayan Dibia
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andlt;bandgt;Bali has long been known for its deep spirituality and extraordinary artistic heritage.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The dances, dramas, puppetry and music of Bali are more than icons for the island; they are part and parcel of lifeand#8212;as expressions of devotion to the gods, as entertainment, and as a way of instilling cultural values on each generation. andlt;iandgt;Balinese Dance, Drama and Musicandlt;/iandgt; is a lavishly illustrated introduction to Bali's celebrated temple orchestra, the gamelan, to its ancient shadow puppet theater, and to a myriad of traditional and contemporary dances and dance-dramas that continue to enthrall locals and visitors alike.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Ideal reading for visitors to the island as well as for anyone interested in Balinese culture, the book presents the history and function of each performance genre, with illustrations and photographs to aid in identification. Introductory sections discuss the way performing arts are learned in Bali and the basic Balinese values which are passed on in these forms, as well as some of the basic religious and cultural tenets that are expressed in the arts and the functions of the forms themselves.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Different sections describe particular forms of performing arts, such as Gong Angklung, Legong, the Keraton dance, Wayang Kulit, and the new phenomenon of women's gamelan groups, the evolution of each and the place it has in the culture of Bali. The book is enhanced with a bibliography and discography and over 150 specially prepared watercolors of Balinese performers and performances.
Gorgeous watercolors and photographs present the rich cultural spirit of Bali
Balinese Dance, Drama and Music is a lavishly illustrated introduction to the most commonly seen forms of traditional performing arts in Bali: gamelan music, dance, drama and puppetry. It presents the history and function of each performance genre, and is enhanced with a bibliography, a discography and over 150 specially prepared watercolors of Balinese performers and performances.
Lavishly illustrated, this book introduces the most commonly seen traditional performing arts in Bali. The gamelan music, dance, drama and puppetry covered here are sure to mesmerize Western readers. Ideal reading for visitors to the island as well as for anyone interested in Balinese culture, the book fully explains the history and function of each performance genre. The book is enhanced with a bibliography, a discography, and over 150 specially prepared watercolors of Balinese performers and performances.
About the Author
Dr. I Wayan Dibia received a professorship in choreography from the College of Indonesian Arts.
Rucina Ballinger is an educator on Balinese culture.
Table of Contents
The Context of the Performing ArtsinBali Moving Between Two W orlds: Belief and Magic
3. How the Performing Arts are Learned
4. Movements of the Dance
5. Make-up and Costuming
6. What is Gamelan?
7. Sacred and Ancient Ensembles
8. Marching Gamelan: Angklung and Balaganjur
9. Gamelan Semar Pegulingan and Gamelan Pelegongan
10. Bamboo Ensembles
11. Gamelan Gong Kebyar
12. W omen in Non-Traditional Roles: Musicians and Dalang
13. Children's Gamelan Groups
15. W ayang Kulit: The Shadow Puppet Theater
16. Dance and Drama: An Introduction
17. Sacred and Ceremonial Dances
18. Sanghyang Trance Rituals
19. Gambuh: The Classical Dance-drama
20. W ayang W ong: The Masked Ramayana
21. Topeng: The Masked Dance-drama
22. Barong,Rangda and Dances of Dharma
23. Legong: A Dance of Exquisite Beauty
24.Baris: The Dance of the W arrior
25. Arja: The Sung Dance-drama
26. Joged: Bali's Social Dance
27. Choral Forms: Janger, Cakepung and Genjek
28. Kebyar Dances
30. Dances of the 1940s¡1960s
31. Sendratari and Drama Gong
32. Contemporary Performance Forms
33. New Music
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