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Ubud Wantilan, adjoining the Ubud Palace
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Group : Sekaa Gong Jaya Swara
Day: Sunday / Time: 7:30pm / Venue: Ubud Wantilan, adjoining the Ubud Palace
Tabuh Ombak Ing Segara
The performance opens with an instrumental created in 1993 called "Waves of the Ocean" - inspired by the sometimes calm and comforting and yet at other times the tempestuous waves. This 20-minute piece was composed for Gamelan Gong Kebyar, Bali Arts Festival by I Made Arnawa and Wayne Vitale. The piece is an interplay of traditional forms and contemporary innovations. The shimmering richness of the music -- the clangorous din of the xylophones, the delicate laciness of an interlude for flute and the collective group precision evident throughout the composition -- are breathtaking.
Tedung Agung Dance (Welcome Dance )
Tedung Agung consists of two words, "Tedung" means "umbrella" and "Agung" means "great". Tedung Agung, an elaborate welcome dance featuring lots of twirling umbrellas for protective symbolism and aesthetics; is performed by both male and female dancers. In this dance type, female dancers carry flowers while male dancers use umbrellas.
Baris In Group (Warrior Dance)
Baris is a traditional war dance of Bali, accompanied by gamelan, in which a solo dancer depicts the feelings of a young warrior prior to battle, glorifying the man hood of the triumphant Balinese warrior and displaying the sublimity of his commanding presence. Originally it was performed as a religious ritual to dedicate warriors and their weapons during a temple feast. The dancer may bear a kris, a spear, a bow, or other weapons, depending on the variant performed. Baris literally means line or file, referring to the line of soldiers who served the rajas of Bali.
At first, as he takes the stage, the dancer's movements are studied and careful, as if he were seeking out foes in an unfamiliar place. When he reaches the middle of the stage, hesitation gives way to self-assurance. He rises on his toes to his full stature, his body motionless with quivering limbs, he whirls on one leg, his feet tread the ground to the tumult of the gamelan, and his face renders the storm of passions of a quick-tempered warrior.
There are two main types of Baris dance. The non-ritual dance, explained earlier, is the one performed by a solo dancer. However, there are over thirty different types of ritual Baris dances, each of which is performed by a group of people, still imitating the movements of the warrior.
The Legong Supraba Duta of Mahabrata Epic
Legong Supraba Duta enacts one of the legends found in the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. With the aid of a beautiful nymph, the warrior Arjuna conquers the evil king Newata Kawaca by shooting an arrow into his tongue thus keeping heaven and earth safe from evil.
An instrumental – relax and enjoy.
Taruna Jaya Dance (The energy of Youth)
Taruna Jaya expresses changing moods characteristic of the transitional period experienced by any youth in Balinese life: coyness, bashfulness, irritability, sweetness, and of course, energy. The movements express the enthusiastic energy of youth. Strong eye movements are a prominent feature, and often include nelik (a wide eyed stare). At one point, the dancer flings her extended kain to the side and sidles up to the drummer to flirt with him. He may either resist her advances or play along. The costume (usually dark purple) uses a head cloth with a unique shape, a log-sleeved tunic and a kain pleated on the left side with the end dangling. There are many moments when the dancer picks up the end of the cloth to emphasize a musical point or mood. She also uses a fan to its greatest advantage.
The Cendrawasih, the bird of paradise is a beautiful bird that has brown and yellow feathers and is from Irian Jaya. Cendrawasih dance is a dance that tells the story of a pair of birds of paradise who are making love. The dance theme is pantomime which means imitating the movement. This dance is creation of the famous Balinese (Indonesian) lady known as N.L.N. Swasthi Wijaya Badem for the festival held by Walter Spies Organization in 1988.
Topeng Arsa Wijaya Dance (Dance of the Refined King)
Topeng is an Indonesian dance drama in which one or more dancers wear masks and perform ancient stories, often concerning semi-mythical kings and princes. The dances are most prevalent in Bali and Java but are also found in many of the other Indonesian islands. Topeng is the Balinese word for mask. The two masks represent two different characters - Topeng Alus or the Soft Mask represents a refined character, while the antagonist is Topeng Keras or the Tough Mask that represents the strong character.