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Performance in Bali

1st Edition

By Leon Rubin, I. Nyoman Sedana


176 pages

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Leon Rubin and I Nyoman Sedana, both international theatre professionals as well as scholars, collaborate to give an understanding of performance culture in Bali from inside and out.

The book describes four specific forms of contemporary performance that are unique to Bali:

  • Wayang shadow-puppet theatre
  • Sanghyang ritual trance performance
  • Gambuh classical dance-drama
  • the virtuoso art of Topeng masked theatre.

These culturally unique and beautiful theatrical events are contextualised within religious, intellectual and social backgrounds to give unparalleled insight into the mind and world of the Balinese performer.

Table of Contents

1. Past and Present 2. Wayang Shadow Theatre 3. Sanghyang Trance Performance 4. Gambuh Classical Performance 5. Topeng Masked Theatre 6. The Future. Travel Advisory

About the Authors

Professor Leon Rubin is Director of East 15 Acting School, University of Essex.

Dr I Nyoman Sedana is a Professor at the Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI) in Bali, Indonesia.

About the Series

Theatres of the World

Theatres of the World is a series that will bring close and instructive contact with makers of performances from around the world. Each book looks at the performance traditions and current practices of a specific region, focusing on a small number of individual theatrical events. Mixing first-hand observation, interviews with performance makers and in-depth analyses, these books show how performance practices are expressive of their social, historical and cultural contexts. They consider the ways in which theatre artists worldwide can enjoy and understand one another's work.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General