1. Walter Spies was a German painter who fell in love and lived in Bali. This is the opening sequence for a book presentation event that is dedicated to the painter.

    The book is published by R&W publishing under the Afterhours Group an award winning premium book specialist in Indonesia.

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  2. A House in Bali

    Bang on a Can All-Stars & Gamelan Salukat
    Music by Evan Ziporyn
    Libretto by Paul Schick (based on the memoir of Colin McPhee)
    Directed by Jay Scheib

    "an ingenious and often beautiful fusion of contemporary classical strains and Balinese gamelan" —San Francisco Chronicle

    The hypnotic sounds of a 16-member Balinese gamelan intertwine with western opera and Balinese singers, traditional dance, live video feeds, and the pulsating post-minimalism of the Bang on a Can All-Stars in A House in Bali, an innovative new opera by Evan Ziporyn, directed by Jay Scheib.

    Based on the memoirs of trailblazing composer Colin McPhee, the work re-imagines first contact between cultures in 1930s Bali through the prism of the cross-cultural present. This mixed-media performance follows the course of McPhee's sojourn to Bali, his encounters with anthropologist Margaret Mead and painter Walter Spies, and their ultimately tragic relationship with dancer I Sampih, a Balinese youth whom McPhee mentors after the boy saves his life. Images from 1930s photographs - many by Mead herself - and music of the period - from Bali and from McPhee's own hand - merge with live re-creations and (dis)simulations in this bold study of artifice, connection, and alienation, set at the crossroads of the cultural and the personal.

    Dates:
    October 8 & 9 at 7:30pm (Boston Premiere)
    Cutler Majestic Theater at Emerson College
    219 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
    95 minutes, no intermission
    Tickets: $30, 40, 50 at 617.824.8000 or maj.org/events/2010/Bali.cfm

    Artist Talk with Evan Ziporyn & Jay Scheib
    Fri, Oct 8, post-show
    Free for ticket holders

    and

    Oct 14—16, 2010, 7:30pm
    2010 Next Wave Festival, BAM
    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2229

    Featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars, Gamelan Salukat with Dewa Ketut Alit, Peter Tantsits, Kadek Dewi Aryani, Desak Madé Suarti Laksmi, I Nyoman Catra, Timur Bekbosunov, Anne Harley, Nyoman Triyana Usadhi (In the video clip above Marc Molomot performs the role of Colin McPhee.)

    Choreography by Kadek Dewi Aryani and I Nyoman Catra; Set design by Sara Brown; Costume design by Oana Botez-Ban; Lighting design by Peter Ksander; Sound design by Andrew Cotton; Video design by Jay Scheib and AKA

    For more information: info@bangonacan.org
    Website: houseinbali.org

    A House in Bali is produced by Kenny Savelson, Bang on a Can and is made possible by generous support from the NIB Foundation. A House in Bali was commissioned by Real Time Opera with support from the LEF Foundation, the Argosy Foundation, and the The Byrne Foundation, and the NIB Foundation.

    SIGN UP NOW ON THE BANG ON A CAN EMAIL LIST AND GET A 10% DISCOUNT ON ALL TICKETS: bangonacan.org/

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  3. Pura Luhur Uluwatu es uno de los numerosos templos guardianes de los malos espíritus. Ubicado en la punta más occidental de la península de Bukit, es uno de los seis grandes santuarios que existen en la isla de Bali. Fundado en el siglo X por Empu Kuturan, un sacerdote hindú javanés que construyó el templo en un enclave privilegiado, como en otros lugares a lo largo de la costa balinesa.

    La danza Ketjak, es una ceremonia religiosa realizada a veces durante varias horas en noches sucesivas, de tres a cuatro meses, para exorcizar el mal en tiempos de peligro y de pestilencia. Protagonizada por multitud de hombres sentados en circulos concéntricos, apretados alrededor de un pequeño espacio central, reservado para el jefe de los protagonistas "el Ketjak", o llamado también Mono Chant Ramayana.

    El ritual, originado en la epoca de 1930, representa una batalla de los Ramayana, cuando el mono-como Vanara, (humanos con cola de monos), les ayudó a luchar contra el malvado rey Ravana, sin embargo, Kecak tiene sus raíces en sanghyang, un trance para inducir el exorcismo de danza, creado por un nativo llamado Wayan Limbak que ayudó al pintor alemán Walter Spies, a crear los movimientos a partir de los relatos del Sangh Yang.

    Uniformados para la ocasión, con ropas a cuadros alrededor de la cintura, y a veces usan flores rojas en la cabeza. El baile consiste en movimientos de brazos y de torso, acompañado por coros vocales. Durante la ceremonia, el líder guía los cambios en el movimiento y en el canto.

    Si bien el público y las filmaciones nunca han sido bienvenidas durante los oficios religiosos del Getjak, recientemente, y debido a la enorme necesidad de recibir ingresos, por parte del turismo, y dado el gran interés originado, decidieron sus fieles mostrar al mundo la asombrosa Danza en el templo Uluwatu.

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  4. A House in Bali
    Composed by Evan Ziporyn after the memoir of Colin McPhee

    Conducted by Evan Ziporyn
    Directed by Jay Scheib

    Produced by Kenny Savelson, Bang on a Can

    "an ingenious and often beautiful fusion of contemporary classical strains and Balinese gamelan" —San Francisco Chronicle

    Oct 14—16, 2010, 7:30pm
    2010 Next Wave Festival, BAM
    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2229

    Featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars, Gamelan Salukat with Dewa Ketut Alit, Peter Tantsits, Kadek Dewi Aryani, Desak Madé Suarti Laksmi, I Nyoman Catra, Timur Bekbosunov, Anne Harley, Nyoman Triyana Usadhi (In the video clip above Marc Molomot performs the role of Colin McPhee.)

    Choreography by Kadek Dewi Aryani and I Nyoman Catra; Set design by Sara Brown; Costume design by Oana Botez-Ban; Lighting design by Peter Ksander; Sound design by Andrew Cotton; Video design by Jay Scheib and AKA with Alex Koch

    The hypnotic sounds of a 16-member Balinese gamelan intertwine with western opera and Balinese singers, traditional dance, live video feeds, and the pulsating post-minimalism of the Bang on a Can All-Stars in A House in Bali, an innovative new opera by Evan Ziporyn, directed by Jay Scheib.

    Based on the memoirs of trailblazing composer Colin McPhee, the work re-imagines first contact between cultures in 1930s Bali through the prism of the cross-cultural present. This mixed-media performance follows the course of McPhee's sojourn to Bali, his encounters with anthropologist Margaret Mead and painter Walter Spies, and their ultimately tragic relationship with dancer I Sampih, a Balinese youth whom McPhee mentors after the boy saves his life. Images from 1930s photographs - many by Mead herself - and music of the period - from Bali and from McPhee's own hand - merge with live re-creations and (dis)simulations in this bold study of artifice, connection, and alienation, set at the crossroads of the cultural and the personal.

    A House in Bali is produced by Kenny Savelson, Bang on a Can and is made possible by generous support from the NIB Foundation. A House in Bali was commissioned by Real Time Opera with support from the LEF Foundation, the Argosy Foundation, and the The Byrne Foundation, and the NIB Foundation.

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