Repertory: Classical

A SEA Arts’ specialty is its range of classical Balinese dance-opera, which combines singing, dancing and masks. These are usually performing in an accessible mix of Balinese and English.

The repertory also includes a wide range of classical and contemporary dance pieces Bali and Java, comprising both group and individual performances.

Dance Opera

  • Katemu ring Tampaksiring a
  • Jamong
  • Adhipusenggara

Balinese Dance – New Choreographies

  • Jayaprana (chor. Ni Madé Pujawati)
  • Bali Sugriwa (chor. I Wayan Dibia)
  • Candra Kirana (chor. Ni Madé Pujawati)
  • Lègong Senopati Abhimanyu (chor. I Wayan Dibia)

Balinese Dance – Classical Choreographies

Female:

  • Cendrawasih
  • Lègong Keraton
  • Lègong Kuntul
  • Sekar Jagat
  • Panyembrama

Cross-Gender (Bebancihan)

  • Kebyar Duduk
  • Margapati
  • Terunajaya

Male Dance

  • Baris Tunggal
  • Jauk Keras
  • Topeng Bujuh
  • Topeng Dalem
  • Topeng Keras
  • Topeng Tua
  • Female and Male Dance
  • Olèg Tamulilingan
  • Puspawresti

Javanese Dance

Surakarta-style Female

  • Gambyong Pangkur
  • Gambyong Pareanom
  • Golèk Manis
  • Retno Pamudyo

Surakarta-style Refined Male

  • Gambiranom
  • Gunung Sari

Yogyakarta-style Female

  • Golek Lambang Sari

Katemu ring Tampaksiring (They Met in Tampaksiring)

Based by I Wayan Dibia from a Balinese short story by I Madé Sanggra, this modern Arja tells of how a Dutch tourist in Bali visiting the temple site of Tampaksiring and falls in love with a pretty young shop owner. However the local gangster fancies her although she does not reciprocate the latter’s attraction. The play is a mixture of romance, contemporary social commentary and is full of comic episodes. As with all Arja and Prèmbon, the songs use Tembang, classical Javanese verse forms, with different metres to create different moods. (A VCD collection is available of a recorded performance at the International Bali Arts Festival.)

  • Cast 8 dancers
  • Gamelan Geguntangan: 6-10 musicians
  • Language: Songs in Balinese; dialogue in Balinese and English
  • Running Time 2 hours

Jamong

A classical Prèmbon (Arja with masks) about the love child of the great Javanese general Gadjah Mada with a Balinese village girl, Luh Sekarini. When still a young boy Jamong insists on leaving home alone to find out who his father is. After many adventures, he arrives at Gadjah Mada’s court only to be maltreated by everyone including his father. With great ingenuity and perseverance Jamong finally wins through and is accepted.

  • Option 1 – Cast 8 dancers; Gamelan Geguntangan: 6-10 musicians; Songs in Balinese, dialogue in Balinese and English
  • Option 2 – Cast 4 dancers; recorded Geguntangan; Songs in Balinese, dialogue in English
  • Running Time 1½ hours

Adhipusenggara

A Balinese version of the Oedipus myth written by I Wayan Dibia. The striking parallels between classical Greek and Balinese society and performance makes reworking of Greek stories particularly rich and evocative. In this version the whole myth is retold in the context of Balinese society in an intriguing way, which invites new ways of thinking about ancient Greece and Bali. The piece allows for a far greater degree of dramatic acting than is usual in Balinese performance, so that the result is remarkably moving, not least if Jocasta’s farewell song is sung in English for accessibility. Here the unique emotional range of Balinese Tembang creates a world of its own.

  • Option 1 – Cast 8 dancers; Gamelan Geguntangan: 6-10 musicians; Songs in Balinese, dialogue in Balinese and English
  • Option 2 – Cast 4 dancers; recorded Geguntangan; Songs in Balinese and English, dialogue in English
  • Running Time 1½ hours

Jayaprana (chor. Ni Madé Pujawati)

The story tells of the orphan Jayaprana who is brought up by the king of North Bali and who rises to become a trusted minister. However when the king sees Jayaprana’s fiancée, he becomes obsessed with her and plots the murder of Jayaprana.

  • Option 1 – Cast 4 dancers; Gamelan Semar Pagulingan: 12-18 musicians
  • Option 2 – Cast 4 dancers; recorded music.
  • Running Time 14 mins.

Bali Sugriwa (chor. I Wayan Dibia)

This is the tale from the Ramayana of two brothers, whom are condemned for their greed to be transformed into two monkeys who, having forgotten all notions of morality and kinship, set out to fight one another to the death.

  • Option 1 – Cast 2 dancers; Gamelan Semar Pagulingan: 12-18 musicians
  • Option 2 – Cast 2 dancers; recorded music.
  • Running Time 16 mins.

Candra Kirana (chor. Ni Madé Pujawati)

A solo piece combining the contrasted dances styles of Central Java (Surakarta) and Bali drawn from the cycle about the Javanese prince Panji, who is a great warrior and lover. This story however is about his betrothed, the Javanese princess Candra Kirana, whom Panji deserts on the night before their wedding. Candra Kirana refuses to accept his disappearance meekly and, at night and dressed as a man, she slips out of the court to go in search of Panji, whom she eventually finds about to marry another woman. Still dressed as a male, she dances so beguilingly that the bride-to-be forgets Panji and tries to run off after the handsome male dancer.

  • Option 1 – Cast 1 dancer; Gamelan Semar Pagulingan: 12-18 musicians
  • Option 2 – Cast 1 dancer; recorded music.
  • Running Time 13 mins.

Lègong Senopati Abhimanyu (chor. I Wayan Dibia)

Lègong is perhaps the most famous of Balinese dance genres and is danced by young women, although the themes are often warlike and violent. This version tells of how the young Pandawa hero Abhimanyu is caught in a trap by his enemies and despite fighting bravely is eventually shot through with a thousand arrows. In this version there is great dramatic scope for the dancer playing Abhimanyu.

  • Option 1 – Cast 4 dancers; Gamelan Semar Pagulingan: 12-18 musicians
  • Option 2 – Cast 4 dancers; recorded music.
  • Option 3 – Cast 1 dancer, recorded music
  • Running Time 14 mins.