Mask Dances of Bali, Indonesia

Posted on Apr 18, 2018 in #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Dance, Indonesia, Music | 0 comments


Fabled kings, heroes and myths come to life!
Gamelan Tunas Mekar
under the direction of I Made Lasmawan, Artist-In-Residence
presents “Sketches of Bali in Music and Dance”
with special guest I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda
Friday, May 11th | 7:30 PM

Denver School of the Arts | 7111 Montview Blvd. | Denver 80220

Tickets at the door:  $15/general admission | $10/students, seniors, children 12 and under
To purchase tickets in advance, click here.

www.tunasmekar.org  | Questions? (720) 504-3655

Combining the power of ancient dance forms with the exotic sounds of the Balinese gamelan, Tunas Mekar will perform a variety of instrumental and dance pieces including the Colorado premiere of Belibis, a stunning contemporary dance depicting an Indonesian grouse, with professional Balinese dancer Ni Ketut Marni. Also on the program is a new arrangement of Pak Lasmawan’s piece Tirta Bhuana, the popular Condong Legong dance, and Sekar Gendot, a composition for the courtly instrumental “love gamelan.”

The second half of the concert will feature guest Balinese dancer I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda performing numerous Topeng (mask) dances. Topeng features an ornately costumed, mask-wearing performer who interprets traditional narratives including Bondres (Common Man), Dalem (King), Tua (Old Man), Penasar (Narrator) and Keras (Prime Minister) culminating with Joged (Social Dance). Both humorous and exquisitely enacted, Topeng invites the audience to play an interactive part in this traditional Balinese drama.