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Great Interest of Foreigners to Learn Balinese Dance18 August 2010
Balinese arts are widely admired overseas. Many foreigners learn the art of dancing or the traditional Balinese gamelan music. Being unsatisfied with the lesson there, they ultimately came to the art resources to get the original in accordance with the supporting community. It is one of the reasons for foreigners to learn the dances and gamelan music in Bali.
Recently, 25 foreign artists from the United States, France, Norway, Singapore, and Jakarta came to Bali and took part in an intensive study program on Balinese gamelan and dance in the artist colony of Ubud, Gianyar. Such international activities lasted for three weeks and filled with various enchanting art activities. Participants coming from a number of countries took advantage of their time for three weeks to learn the dance and Balinese gamelan in the Maestro community. The program of the intensive study involved a team of dancers and famous musician Cudamani. Similarly, the program also involved the maestro of dance and gamelam music like Ni Ketut Arini, I Nyoman Cerita and I Made Arnawa. “Participants take intensive training schedule lasting for eight hours per day, discussions, and demonstrations by the teaching team,” said Chairman of Cudamani Art Studio, Pengosekan Ubud, Dewa Putu Berata.
Aside from gaining knowledge of the dance, they were also invited to make direct observations on the various performances and religious ceremonies, as well as interaction with the arts community at Pengosekan Village. “All of them become part of the curriculum. A unique formula is developed with the aim of presenting ‘Cudamani Summer Institute 2010’ as a whole and authentic experience in the effort to understand the attachment between art, spirituality, culture and community of Bali,” said Dewa Berata.
Dewa Berata added the activities were designed for three weeks every year, with expectations that participants iscoming from several countries would have rendezvous again in Bali to learn more about Balinese gamelan music and dance performance in 2011. “Occasionally we are also coming into their country to organize immediate performances, such as in the United States, Japan and countries in the European Union,” he said proudly.
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