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A Celebration of Balinese Performing Arts

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Indonesian Music and Dance at Colorado College, featuring guest musicians and dancers from Bali, guest speakers, five gamelan orchestras, and the Bowed Piano Ensemble. Slide lectures on the culture of Balinese performing arts and two concerts with music and dance.

Location

Packard Hall
5 W. Cache La Poudre St. (map)

Description

Temu Wicara Bali: A Celebration of Balinese Performing Arts will feature guest musicians and dancers from Bali, guest speakers, five gamelan orchestras, and the Colorado College Bowed Piano Ensemble. Slide lectures on the culture of Balinese performing arts (beginning at 1:30 p.m.) and two concerts with music and dance (3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)

The Indonesian performing arts program at Colorado College was founded in 1993 by Professors Victoria Lindsay Levine and I Made Lasmawan. Over the years, the program has grown to include five different kinds of Balinese gamelan orchestras (gamelan angklung, gamelan gender wayang, gamelan balaganjur, gamelan suling gambuh, and gamelan joged), as well as a Central Javanese gamelan ageng and Balinese dance. In addition to teaching Indonesian performing arts, CC offers an academic course on the ethnomusicology of Indonesia, as well as a summer study abroad course on the arts and culture of Bali, taught in Bali.
 
This symposium celebrates the 20th year of the CC program by bringing to campus distinguished scholars, musicians, and dancers who have worked with Lasmawan and Levine over the years. Five scholars will present short slide lectures on various aspects of Balinese performing arts and the role of music and dance in Balinese culture. Five different gamelan orchestras from Colorado and Wyoming will perform during two concerts; one of the concerts will feature the world premiere of a collaborative composition for gender wayang and bowed piano by I Made Lasmawan and Stephen Scott. In addition to the five regional gamelan orchestras, a gamelan comprised of Balinese musicians from throughout the United States will perform the grand finale. In all, 16 Balinese musicians and dancers will join forces with some 70 American devotees of Balinese music and dance in the largest event of this kind outside of Indonesia.
 
PROGRAM
 
1:30 p.m.,            David Harnish (UC San Diego), lecture, “Music in Balinese Culture”
 
2 p.m.,            I Made Lasmawan (Colorado College), lecture, “Balinese Musicians and Society”
 
2:30 p.m.,            Elizabeth Macy (Chapman University, CC ‘2000), lecture, “Tourism and Balinese Performing Arts”
 
3 p.m.,            Concert 1:
 
Gamelan Manik Kusuma  (Metropolitan State University, Denver, co-directed by I Made Lasmawan and Peter Schimpf)
 
“Capung Gantung” (Hovering Dragonfly), traditional, gamelan angklung
 
“Rejang Dewa” (Sacred Welcome Dance), traditional, gamelan angklung with Balinese dancers
 
Gamelan Candra Wyoga (University of Wyoming, Laramie, co-directed by I Made Lasmawan and Rodney Garnett)
 
“Jagul” (Difference), by I Lotring, gamelan semar pegulingan
 
“Gabor” (Flower Offering), traditional, gamelan semar pegulingan with Balinese dancers
 
“Janger” (Social Dance), traditional, vocalists with gamelan semar pegulingan
 
4 p.m.,            Intermission
 
4:30 p.m.,            I Nyoman Wenten (California Institute of the Arts), lecture, “Balinese Dance and Drama”
 
5 p.m.,            Lisa Gold (UC Berkeley), lecture, “Shadow Puppetry in Bali”
 
5:30 p.m.,            Dinner Break
 
7 p.m.,            Packard Lobby, welcome concert by Gamelan Genta Kencana (CU-Boulder, co-directed by I Made Lasmawan and Brenda Romero)
 
7:30 p.m.,            Concert 2: Gamelan Tunjung Sari (Colorado College, co-directed by I Made Lasmawan and Victoria Lindsay Levine)
 
                                “Pakeling” (Remembrance), by I Made Lasmawan, gamelan angklung
 
                                “Taman Sari” (Flowers in the Garden), by I Ketut Budiyana, gamelan angklung with Balinese dancers
 
                                “Merak Angelo” (Peacock Displaying), by I Dewa Gede Dharmayasa, gamelan angklungwith Balinese dancers
 
 
Gamelan Santi Suara with the Colorado College Bowed Piano Ensemble (directed by Stephen Scott)
 
World premiere, collaborative composition for gender wayang and bowed piano by I Made Lasmawan and Stephen Scott
 
Intermission
 
Gamelan Tunas Mekar (Denver, co-directed by I Made Lasmawan Jill Fredericksen)
 
“Tirtha Buana” (Holy Water), by I Made Lasmawan, gamelan semara dana
 
“Teruna Jaya” (Victorious Youth) by I Gede Manik, gamelan semara dana with Balinese dancers
 
Gamelan Krama Bali (Balinese All-Stars, co-directed by I Ketut Gede Asnawa and I Nyoman Wenten)
 
“Sumiar” (Happiness), by I Made Lasmawan, gamelan semara dana
 
“Sekar Japun” (Frangipani Blossoms), by Ida Ayu Winba, gamelan semara dana with Balinese dancers
 
“Barong and Rangda Dance,” traditional, gamelan semara dana with Balinese dancers

A Celebration of Balinese Performing Arts
Jauk Dance with gamelan
  • Open to Public: Yes
  • Admission Fee: Free
  • Sponsored By: Music Department, Asian Studies Program, Theatre and Dance Department, Cultural Attractions Fund, President’s Office, Christine S. Johnson Professorship, the Colorado Springs Independent, and National Endowment for the Humanities Professorship
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