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BARIS DANCE

'Originally a religious ritual, Baris dance is probably the most complex of all Balinese dance, requiring a very rigorous training. Baris dancing is the male equivalent of the Legong dance. The name “Baris” means “line”, referring to the line of soldiers who served the Rajas of Bali in ancient times. Baris dance is a traditional war ...

THE BARONG DANCE

The Barong dance is also a story of Good overcoming Evil. The Barong, mythical creature, protector of good (embodied by two dancer in a costume), fights Rangda, the evil Lord of Darkness. The tale is told by a dance rythmed to the sound of a Gamelan gorchestra. As the fight goes on, supporters of Barong, a group of men armed with Kris, try ...

LEGONG KERATON

The most graceful of Balinese dances, this is the epitome of classical Balinese female dancing. A legong, as the dancer is known, is often a young girl of eight or nine years, rarely older than her early teens. It was first created in the 18th Century and is usually the first dance to be taught to beginners. There are many forms of Legong, ...

KECAK DANCE

Tchakatchakatchaka.... You probably heard that poly rhythmic sound on your way here, or even before. Kecak Dance is famous worldwide. It has been inspired artists from all horizons, including Fellini in Satyricon, Geinoh Yamashirogumi, composer of Akira’s Original Soundtrack, avant-garde band Devo, or Mike Patton’s Mr. Bungle, just to name ...

THE GAMELAN

The gamelan is the Balinese orchestra that can be heard as a tribute to the Gods and deified ancestors in temple ceremonies, weddings, cremations, family temple ceremonies and procession. There are more than twenty different types of gamelan, each with their own traditions, repertoire, social and religious ...

ADRIEN-JEAN LEMAYEUR

'Adrien-Jean Lemayeur came to Bali in 1932 and first settled in Denpasar. As many artists after him, he simply fell in love with Bali and what was supposed to be a 8 months stay, became a lifetime decision when he met Ni Pollok, a 15 year old girl who was famous for being the most talented Legong dancer in Bali. She later became Lemayeur’s model ...

I DEWA NYOMAN BATUAN

Born in 1942, I Dewa Nyoman Batuan often painted natural landscape, religious and magical aspect of Bali and Hindu Dharma. He is also the founder, along with other artists, the Pengosekan Community of Artists in 1970. You can admire his work at his gallery in Pengosekan the Neka Museum in Ubud and Agung Rai Museum ...

I GUSTI AGUNG WIRANATA

Born in 1970, Gusti Agung Wiranata inherated Walter Spies’ taste for dreamy landscapes. Despite some criticism pointing out his works as blatant copies of Walter Spies’ paintings, Gusti Agung Wiranata’s painting has defintely a soul of its own, adding his own sensitivity as well as more serenity in his work than the German artist. As ...

I GUSTI NYOMAN LEMPAD

Born in 1862 in Bedahulu in Gianyar, I Gusti Nyoman Lempad was a legendary, multi-talented artist mastering stone carving, wood-carving, architecture and painting. He founded, with fellow artist and friend Rudolph Bonnet, the Pita Maha, a very active association in the development of art and support to artist in Bali. His ink drawings gained ...

IDA BAGUS MADE

Ida Bagus Made was born In Tebasaya in 1915, from a Brhaman family of artists. He first started to learn painting from his father and later on under the teachings of Rudolph Bonnet, considered him the most talented artists in Bali. He developed his art during the movement of modernization of Balinese art. At 21 in he joined the Pitamaha ...

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