Ni Madé Pujawati
Artistic Director, Choreographer, Lead Dancer, Teacher
Madé Pujawati has been dancing ever since she can remember. Born in a remote village in Northern Gianyar, Bali, she trained at the Indonesian Conservatory of Music then went on to graduate from the Indonesian Institute of Arts, Denpasar, where, besides dancing, she learned music and acting. Madé Pujawati has always been fascinated by Arja (Balinese dance-opera) and studied with the leading teachers, including Nyoman Candri, Jero Ranten and Wayan Dibia. Apart from her international reputation for virtuoso dance repertoire, she is celebrated for her singing and dancing of different Arja roles.
Madé Pujawati’s strikingly feminine style is ideally suited to the refined female and male classical Central Javanese dances. So, since 1987 she has studied both Surakarta and Yogyakarta style dance with teachers who include Indah Nuraeni, Sunarno Purwolelono and Hutami Retno Asri.
In 2000, Madé Pujawati moved to live permanently in London, UK, where she set up her own dance company, is dancer-in-residence with the London-based Gamelan Lila Cita and also dances regularly for the South Bank Javanese gamelan. She is in great demand and each year performs widely in Europe as well as often touring in the USA, Asia and Australia, her repertoire including adaptations of Greek tragedy and contemporary cross-cultural choreographies. By virtue of her versatility she is the only non-Indian to perform in most productions of the Foundation for Indian Performing Arts (www.fipa.org.uk).
Madé Pujawati is Artistic Director of SEA Arts, which was recently awarded a major Heritage Lottery Fund grant for The British Gamelan Trail, a study of the history of gamelan in the UK and from the Ruskin School of Fine Art & Drawing, University of Oxford, to choreograph with Ash Mukherjee a piece on Antonin Artaud’s encounter with Balinese Dance at the 1931 Paris Exposition. She is the consultant to the Horniman Museum’s exhibition Balinese Dance and Story-Telling and is currently working with the artist Jeremy Millar on a film and international tour of a cross-genre theatre piece, Bali After the End of the World.
See also www.balinesedance.org