“Bali, Art, Ritual, Performance” is Now Open at Our Asian Art Museum – Runs ‘Til November 2011 – Hello Bali!

Bali, Art, Ritual, Performance is here at our Asian Art Museum.

SF Museum Examiner Nancy Ewart considers this exhibit:

“…an intelligent, gorgeous and vibrant show of a richly textured, religious and seductive culture.”

And Jesse Hamlin says:

“The galleries are filled with wondrous objects that seduce the eye and trigger the imagination.”

Here’s a sneak peek at todays sked, and you can get info on other events for 2011 after the jump.

Opening Celebration Friday, February 25, 2011, 10:00 am–10:15 am, Purification Dance; 12:00 noon–2:00 pm: Gamelan Music FREE with museum admission. Watch Bay Area dance troupe Gadung Kasturi open special exhibition Bali with nyapuh jagat (“sweeping the world”), the ritual cleansing dance of the self and the environment necessary before an important Balinese event. Later, hear the shimmering sounds of Bay Area ensemble Gamelan Gender Wayang.

Kaz Tsuruta

O.K. then. See you there!


Performances

Visit Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance and experience the many rich performance traditions of Bali, including music, dance and much more. Hear a gamelan orchestra play the captivating music of the island. Watch shadow puppet masters demonstrate their hypnotic art. Performances are free with museum admission unless otherwise indicated.

Opening Celebration
Friday, February 25, 10:00 am–10:15 am, Purification Dance; 12:00 noon–2:00 pm: Gamelan Music
FREE with museum admission

Watch Bay Area dance troupe Gadung Kasturi open special exhibition Bali with nyapuh jagat (“sweeping the world”), the ritual cleansing dance of the self and the environment necessary before an important Balinese event. Later, hear the shimmering sounds of Bay Area ensemble Gamelan Gender Wayang.

Gamelan Music with Gamelan Gender Wayang
Sunday, March 6, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm
FREE with museum admission

Likened to a string quartet in its compact complexity, Gender Wayang is one of the smallest forms of gamelan music (bronze and bamboo ensembles). Appropriate for both intimate gatherings and larger functions, this particular group accompanies shadow puppet theater (wayang kulit), which plays a central role in Balinese life.

The Creatures of Balinese Mythology with I Made Moja and Gamelan Sekar Jaya
Thursday, March 3, 6:00 pm: Open Rehearsal FREE with museum admission
Friday, March 11, 7:00 pm: $10 members | $27 general
Saturday, March 12, 2:00 pm: $10 members | $27 general
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See this local Balinese artist and Bay Area ensemble perform a new multidisciplinary collaborative work.

Balinese Mask Dance
Sunday, April 3, 2:00 pm
FREE With museum admission

Thrill to the wonder of traditional mask dance performances with singer, dancer and artist I Made Suryasa. Meet the dancer, see the mask inside and out, explore the elaborate costume up close, and find out about the various characters in the Topeng Mask drama.

Makrokosma Bali by Wayne Vitale
Friday, May 13, 8:00 pm: $20 members | $37 general
Saturday, May 14, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm: $20 members | $37 general
Sunday, May 15, 1:00 pm: $10 members | $27
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Composer Wayne Vitale collaborates with Sekaa Gong Taruna Mekar, a renowned gamelan ensemble from Bali under the direction of I Made Arnawa; and US-based visual and set designers, in Makrokosma Bali. The work combines new music for gamelan orchestra with projected video and still imagery, digital-audio soundscapes, and an integrated lighting and set design. Makrokosma Bali contrasts the cultural values and cosmology of Bali with those of Western origin, exploring a range of scales from macro (galaxies) to micro (a human cell). A panoply of video imagery—people, landscapes, cities, rice harvesting, offerings, temples, the forging of red-hot bronze gongs—will be projected onto multiple screens and surfaces, brought to life through the virtuosic playing of Sekaa Gong Taruna Mekar.

Gamelan Jegog with Gamelan Sekar Jaya
Sunday, June 5, 2:30 pm
FREE with museum admission

Internationally acclaimed Bay Area ensemble Gamelan Sekar Jaya (GSJ) presents a concert with jegogs, giant bamboo marimbas with tubes up to eight feet long. Noted for its rhythmic energy, unusual four-tone scale, and powerful sound, the jegog originated in western Bali. GSJ’s jegog ensemble is the only such group in the Western Hemisphere. Its director, I Dewa Putu Berata, is a renowned composer and the director of Bali’s famed ensemble Çudamani. The only non-Balinese group to ever receive the Dharma Kusuma, Bali’s highest award for artistic achievement, GSJ explores everything from traditional Balinese repertoire to cutting-edge compositions through long-term residencies with Bali’s finest musicians and dancers.

Wayang Tantri Puppetry with I Wayan Wija
Thursday, August 25, 6:00 pm: $10 members | $27
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This celebrated puppet master performs wayang tantri, a form of Balinese puppetry he created based on animals and human characters of the ancient Tantri tales. He named his new form of puppetry after a mythical heroine who educates a young king by telling him animal tales filled with wisdom.

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2 Responses to ““Bali, Art, Ritual, Performance” is Now Open at Our Asian Art Museum – Runs ‘Til November 2011 – Hello Bali!”

  1. Harry says:

    Why are they receiving a guarantee from the City for a $50 million loan and, at the same time, charging a ludicrous $17 to enter?

    Elitist to say the least!

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