Bali Music and Dance Comes to Weis Center | Applause


Cudamani: Gamelan and Dance of Bali performs at Bucknell University’s Weis Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Cudamani is known for his creativity, artistry and the performers’ love of classical Balinese traditions. Raised and trained in Pengosekan, the group are among the most respected and accomplished in Bali. Cudamani artists are multidisciplinary, mastering gamelan, dance, voice and visual arts. The 20-member ensemble weaves layers of complex sounds: the punctuation of deep bronze gongs; charismatic battery leadership; interlocking percussions of the bronze gangsa and the finely elaborated delicacy of the voice and the flute.

At Weis Center, Cudamani will present a program called “Water-Tirta,” which connects to the myriad of Balinese ways of understanding and relating to water. They conceptualize their physical world in terms of high mountains – the location of Bali’s holiest temple – and low ocean and the Balinese are dedicated to protecting the life cycle of water. They call their form of Hinduism Agama Tirta or “The religion of holy water”. Water not only makes you grow, it is a means of spiritual regeneration. All places of worship, from huge temples to the corners of the most humble homes, require purification with water – ceremonies, offerings, and the reception of blessings from holy water.

As the centerpiece of this tour, Cudamani director Dewa Berata will present his personal and family history of painting. Dewa explored how digital drawing / painting brings new possibilities to his work. For “Water-Tirta”, he will create a time-lapse digital history painting that will be projected behind the gamelan orchestra. The original music will be composed by Dewa and his younger brother Dewa Rai.

Audiences will be taken on a journey as water falls from the sky to Bali’s highest and most sacred mountain – bathing temples and replenishing sacred springs. Water is at the heart of prayer, rice cultivation, social bonds, the health and well-being of all living things. For the Balinese, the water cycle is the story of life on this island in the sea. Even at death, one of the most important ceremonies for the Balinese ends when the ashes are released on the shore. .

There will be a pre-show talk and demonstration on Tuesday from 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the atrium of the Weis Center, hosted by music teacher Bethany Collier.

There is no cost to attend the conference or performance, however, tickets are required and can be obtained by calling 570-577-1000 or visiting Tickets are also available in person at several locations, including the Weis Center lobby and the CAP Center ticket office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center – both are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On campus, clients are expected to adhere to all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face cover when inside. The university reserves the right to ask any visitor who does not respect university protocols to leave the premises.

The show is sponsored in part by the Candland family, Remembering Mary Candland. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Music at Bucknell University in partnership with the Bucknell University Gamelan Ensemble. This commitment by Çudamani is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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