Balinese performing arts are well-known internationally for its virtuosity and dynamic character. In Bali musicians and dancers work together to create highly unified performances where the music and dance are interrelated and inseparable. Much of the Balinese gamelan music and dance repertoire has its roots in Balinese Hindu ritual and ceremonial performance. The Asia Pacific Dance Festival presents two days of Balinese Gamelan Music and Dance.
2023 Balinese Gamelan
- Saturday, September 16, 2023. Introduction to Balinese Gamelan Music and Dance Workshops. Free. For beginner and intermediate students. No experience in Balinese music and dance required. Ages 7 and up. Space is limited, register in advance.
- Sunday, September 17, 6:00pm. Free. Taksu (Radiance): An Evening of Balinese Gamelan Music and Dance. “Taksu” is a Sanskritic Hindu Balinese word and concept roughly translatable to “inner energy” or ” creative soul” or “creative genius” typically thought of as an external entity that chooses a performer to be its vessel. So when a performer has that certain something you can’t quite describe, sometimes even one with less technical prowess than another, but they really captured your eyes and attention as they perform at a particular moment in time, you say “Oh, they have taksu.” This performance will feature instrumental music performed on live gamelan instruments and dances performed to prerecorded music.
- More info: 2023 Balinese Gamelan – Asia Pacific Dance Festival (hawaii.edu)
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