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Balinese Dance, Drama & Music

A Guide to the Performing Arts of Bali

Balinese Dance, Drama & Music by I Wayan Dibia
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Bali has long been known for its deep spirituality and extraordinary artistic heritage. The dances, dramas, puppetry and music of Bali are more than icons for the island; they are part and parcel of lifeā€”as expressions of devotion to the gods, as entertainment, and as a way of instilling cultural values on each generation.

Balinese Dance, Drama & Music is a lavishly illustrated introduction to Bali's celebrated temple orchestra, the gamelan, to its ancient shadow puppet theater, and to a myriad of traditional and contemporary dances and dance-dramas that continue to enthrall locals and visitors alike. Ideal reading for visitors to the island as well as for anyone interested in Balinese culture, the book presents the history and function of each performance genre, with illustrations and photographs to aid in identification. Introductory sections discuss the way performing arts are learned in Bali and the basic Balinese values which are passed on in these forms, as well as some of the basic religious and cultural tenets that are expressed in the arts and the functions of the forms themselves. The book is enhanced with a bibliography and discography and over 150 specially prepared watercolors of Balinese performers and performances.
Tuttle Publishing; November 2012
112 pages; ISBN 9781462908677
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Title: Balinese Dance, Drama & Music
Author: I Wayan Dibia; Rucina Ballinger; Barbara Anello
 
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