Bamboo to Bronze

6 Desembre 2010

The rehearsal was held few weeks before the group from Sanggar Çudamani flew to USA to present it’s new production Bamboo to Bronze. It was recorded at night time at Pura Tamen Limut, a temple located in Pengosekan, Ubud, the same village where Çudamani Group comes from. In the video we see a bit from the beginning of the new production Bamboo to Bronze. The performance features 26 artists including choreography and composition by I Dewa Putu Berata. The artistic director was born into a family of musicians and painters and studied under his father I Dewa Nyoman Sura. He is the founding member of Sanggar Çudamani. Sanggar Çudamani comprised of 60 members. I Dewa Putu Berata has directed numerous gamelan ensembles and works on various international projects throughout the world. I Nyoman Cerita, choreographer, learned dance at age 6 from his grandfather I Made Kenyir. He is recipient of numerous awards as well as from Titane Spectacles/Le Jardin Des Poiries in Paris. Emiko Saraswati Susilo was one of Çudamani’s founding members. She began her formal studies in Javanese and Balinese dance under the direction of KRT Sasmintadipura and Ni Made Wiratini. She has studied Javanese singing from Tri Haryanto and Midiyanto. I Dewa Ketut Alit studied drumming with his father and began performing at age 11.
Bamboo to Bronze is a new creation of Çudamani’s group. The music and dance ensemble from Bali, harnesses movement, music and spectacle to transport audiences into the vibrant world of the treasured gamelan art form. Bamboo to Bronze highlights Balinese contemporary reality by celebrating the intimate and poetic sounds of a small village as well as the virtuosic, dynamic and technically dazzling sound of the brilliant seven-toned gamelan Semarandana. The simple beauty of bamboo and the glorious sheen of bronze continue to coexist in the increasingly complex and sophisticated culture of Bali.

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Dance in Blue

24 Novembre 2010

The rehearsal was held few weeks before the group from Sanggar Çudamani flew to USA to present it’s new production Bamboo to Bronze. It was recorded at Pura Tamen Limut, a temple located in Pengosekan, Ubud, the same village where Çudamani Group comes from. In the video we see one of the dances included in the new production Bamboo to Bronze. The real name of the dance is Pengleban, but I call it Dance in Blue because the dress color of the four female dancers. Blue color is an unusual color in Balinese traditional dances. The performance features a stellar array of 26 artists including choreography and composition by I Dewa Putu Berata. The artistic director was born into a family of musicians and painters and studied under his father I Dewa Nyoman Sura. He is the founding member of Sanggar Çudamani. Sanggar Çudamani comprised of 60 members. I Dewa Putu Berata has directed numerous gamelan ensembles and works on various international projects throughout the world. I Nyoman Cerita, choreographer, learned dance at age 6 from his grandfather I Made Kenyir. He is recipient of numerous awards as well as from Titane Spectacles/Le Jardin Des Poiries in Paris. Emiko Saraswati Susilo was one of Çudamani’s founding members. She began her formal studies in Javanese and Balinese dance under the direction of KRT Sasmintadipura and Ni Made Wiratini. She has studied Javanese singing from Tri Haryanto and Midiyanto. I Dewa Ketut Alit studied drumming with his father and began performing at age 11.
Bamboo to Bronze is a new creation of Çudamani’s group. The music and dance ensemble from Bali, harnesses movement, music and spectacle to transport audiences into the vibrant world of the treasured gamelan art form. Bamboo to Bronze highlights Balinese contemporary reality by celebrating the intimate and poetic sounds of a small village as well as the virtuosic, dynamic and technically dazzling sound of the brilliant seven-toned gamelan Semarandana. The simple beauty of bamboo and the glorious sheen of bronze continue to coexist in the increasingly complex and sophisticated culture of Bali.


La dansa del tigre

16 Octubre 2009

I Nyoman Cerita va convidar-me a l’estrena de la seva nova coreografia al temple Pura Dalem, de Singapadu. Singapadu és, amb tota certesa, un dels vilatges que més aporta a la constel·lació d’artistes balinesos. Els més grans ballarins i músics de Bali han estat i són fills de Singapadu. I Nyoman Cerita va néixer a Singapadu. I Wayan David Ariesta, qui balla al capdavant del tigre, també és fill del vilatge. La nova coreografia i música del mestre versionen la dansa tradicional Barong Macan. D’entrada, l’aspecte del tigre (macan) serva poca relació amb l’original. Els salts, el dinamisme, l’expressió gairebé humanitzada de l’animal sagrat que protegeix els balinesos de la fetillera Rangda i el seu seguici de dimonis, són infinitament més dinàmics en aquesta versió trencadora. Transgressora en l’aspecte formal, per descomptat. Els balinesos versionen, remodelen, però el nucli roman immune. La història que narra el ballet és idèntica a l’original. Cerita hi afegeix elements innovadors, coloraines, cartó pedra i fumera. En segons quins moments, l’espectacle recorda els Pastorets. Doncs sí, a estones la representació -valorada amb la nostra mirada- és aclaparadorament kitsch. Als balinesos, com a tots els asiàtics, els encanta l’envoltori, la superfície lluent de les coses. Però, contràriament a altres cultures veïnes, al gresol balinès hi bull una substància, un sentit místicocòsmic del cercle vida i mort que els projecta lluny de l’entorn monoteista grisot oficialment majoritari a l’arxipèlag indonesi.

Apunts sobre el ballarí I Wayan David Ariesta.
Vaig conèixer en Wayan a Ubud, al cyber cafè propietat del pare de la seva nòvia. Wayan David és un noi singular. Extraordinàriament prim, de rostre afuat, maneres delicades. El Wayan és d’una sensibilitat extrema. Va començar a aprendre dansa de jovenet amb el mestre I Nyoman Cerita. Cada dia va a casa del professor a practicar. Conec la seva família. Vaig assistir al funeral del seu pare, un home que els havia abandonat quan en Wayan i els seus germans encara eren molt menuts. La mare es guanya la vida enfilant braçalets per vendre als turistes. El germà més petit -ara té 7 anys- balla com els àngels. No m’estranya, en Wayan sempre és a sobre seu. En les meves estades a Ubud passo hores amb el Wayan. A casa seva o a casa meva. En Wayan i la seva nòvia, una noia deliciosa i joveníssima que es diu Ni Kadek Windiawati, han fundat el grup de dansa tradicional Puspa Kirana. Tant el Wayan com la Kadek viuen de les actuacions regulars als diferents escenaris d’Ubud representant danses tradicionals pels turistes. Molt talent vessat per quatre quartos. El mes d’abril d’aquest any en Wayan va viatjar a Europa per ballar dansa balinesa en un teatre de París. En Wayan va néixer fa vint-i-molt pocs anys a Singapadu, vilatge a uns nou quilòmetres al sud d’Ubud.


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