Half Day Bali Gamelan and Dance Workshop
Half Day Bali Gamelan
and Dance Workshop
An integral part of Indonesia’s rich culture revolves around the gamelan. During this half-day tour,
you will be guided through all aspects of this ancient art form by two passionate
gamelan protectors. A hands-on experience with a sustainable character.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Costumes glistering in the spot lights: intricate finger and foot movements, depicting the finer art of its origins, and gracefully moving from one corner of the stage to the other without losing the almost Bayon-esque style smile throughout the performance.
Dinner with classical Apsara dances envelope two essential items not to be missed when in Siem Reap; culinary delights and the slow-flowing movements of an Apsara dance performance. A well-balanced act of culinary specialities with retina-pleasing performances flow through one of the leading restaurants and dance theatres in Siem Reap earmarked to complement the end of an amazing day in and around the world of Angkor.
08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
You will be picked up from your booked south Bali or Ubud resort and make your way to Kesiman and the home of Vaughan and Putu, who run the Mekar Bhuana Conservatory from their family home. Following in the footsteps of the Indonesian government by recognizing Gamelan as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2014, this private endeavour by these 2 passionate individuals of preserving endangered classical gamelan and its extensive repertoire will be clear once you meet your hosts.
Vaughan Hatch left his hometown of Wellington New Zealand to study classical gamelan on a scholarship in Bali; it was here that Vaughan became aware of how tourism and modern society was affecting traditional performing art forms. After he met his wife Putu they created Mekar Bhuana as a way to try and restore and revive the art form. Restoring antique instruments and introducing the original music back to the Balinese community. Using their own expenses without the support from the Indonesian government to aid the restoration of this ancient art Vaughan & Putu runs regular workshops to help fund the conservatory.
Aided by local practitioners, Vaughan & Putu will give you an in-depth explanation of the history of gamelan and traditional dance during this 4-hour experience, and introduce you to the various instruments, costumes and masks, through demonstrations, videos and also teaching you some basic and enabling you to get hands on with both gamelan and dance. This hands-on experience is a great way to learn the true history and art form of this ancient art!
At the end, you will be transferred back to your resort along Bali’s southern coastline or in Ubud.
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