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Free Performance of Balinese Music and Dance

11 Sep

Applewild School announces a rare and special opportunity for the public to see Music and Dance of Bali from ISI (Institut Seni Indonesia), Denpasar Bali. This performance, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, November 5 at 2:30 pm in the Alumni Center for the Performing Arts at Applewild. The master performers will present traditional repertoire including Kebyar Trompong, Legong Kraton, and Teruna Jaya. The performers will be taking part in the International Seminar and Festival of Indonesian Music on October 31–November 3, 2013 at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC.

During the week prior to this special event, Applewild will host professional artists in Balinese music and dance from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. This residency is supported by the Marshall Fund for the Arts, a unique endowment that funds an annual artist-in-residence program. Lynn Kremer, professor of theater at Holy Cross, will be joined by master teachers I Made Bandem and Ni Luh Suasthi Bandem who also teach at the college. They will work with lower school students at Applewild in grades Kindergarten through 5 to learn about Balinese music, dance and culture.

I Made Bandem and Ni Luh Suasthi Bandem are world renowned performers. They have been Visiting Fellows in Balinese Music, Theatre, and Dance at Holy Cross for the last six years. I Made Bandem has served as president of the ISI and other prestigious arts institutes in Bali and is known as a key ambassador of Indonesian arts and culture.  Bandem’s distinction as an administrator does not surpass his talents as an artist.  He is a gifted musician and dancer who has performed for audiences around the world.  He has lead groups to numerous world expos and international festivals where he has promoted the arts of Bali. In addition, he has served his country in many capacities including as a member of the Indonesian House Assembly as state representative for the Province of Bali from 1988-1998.

Ni Luh Suasthi Bandem is a renowned teacher and performer in both Bali and the United States, including teaching at UCLA and Wesleyan University.  As a prominent dancer and choreographer, Suasthi has performed throughout the world.  Two of her dances have become official dances performed for graduation ceremonies in Indonesia.  She was a choreographer for the Canadian film production Bali Nocturne and is well known as a designer of costumes.  She has received awards for achievement in developing and preserving the arts and culture of Bali.

During the week long residency, Applewild students will be learning how the religion and culture of Bali are integral parts of music and dance.  The artists will demonstrate several pieces in an introductory assembly. They will then teach the children a processional piece on interlocking cymbals, called ceng-ceng. Third graders will do shadow puppetry, and children in other grades will learn and perform Kecak, a vocal chant, sometimes called the Monkey Chant. Students have been making puppets and building offering towers in their art classes in preparation for the visiting program.

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