Gamelan Burat Wangi

Ramayana: An Indian Epic

Balinese music and dance by Gamelan Burat Wangi

Co-presented with The Music Circle

An ensemble of 25 gamelan players and 14 dancers enacts an exquisite Balinese adaptation of the Ramayana, the ancient Hindu epic brought to Bali from India more than a millennium ago. Directed and choreographed by the distinguished duo of I Nyoman Wenten and Nanik Wenten, this dance drama of lust and abduction, of war and faith, is filled with characters who look like birds, monkeys and warriors but who may turn out to be kings and gods. Among the many distinctive refinements of the Balinese Ramayana are the electrifying dances of Hanoman, the monkey general who helps Rama rescue Sita from the clutches of Rahwana. The production features three special guest artists from Bali: drummer I Wayan Budha and dancers I Made Dwi Putra Yoga as Rama, and Anak Agung Gede Rahma Putra, as Hanoman. With a pre-show presentation on the aesthetics of Hindu-Balinese performing arts by ethnomusicologist Sue Carole DeVale.

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art, and with generous support from Judith O. and Robert E. Rubin.

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FRI 11/6
8:30 pm
SAT 11/7
8:30 pm
SUN 11/8
3:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff