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Balinese Dance, Drama and Music: A Guide to the Performing Arts of Bali Hardcover – December 15, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Periplus Editions (December 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9625931953
  • ISBN-13: 978-9625931951
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 9.1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,942,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. I Wayan Dibia received a professorship in choreography from the College of Indonesian Arts.

Rucina Ballinger is an educator on Balinese culture.

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A wonderful experience throughout!
Michael Wiese
Offers an intelligent introduction to all aspects of Balinese artistic life with gorgeous illustrations throughout.
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There is even a listing of useful CDs and books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Extensively illustrated with over 200 full-color photographs, Balinese Dance, Drama and Music: A Guide to the Performing Arts of Bali takes the reader on a captivating tour of the history, style, and function of Balinese gamelan music, dance, drama, and puppetry. Suitable for all ages, Balinese Dance, Drama and Music covers how performing arts are learned in Bali, the principal Balinese values that artistic media passes on, and discussion of individual forms of performing arts, such as Gameland Gong Kebyar, Lgong Keraton, Baris, Wayang Kulit, and the relatively recent phenomenon of women's and children's performing groups. A bibliography and discography round out this superbly captivating survey, written by expert dancers and choreographers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wiese on January 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This excellent book provides an extensive, reader-friendly overview of Balinese dance, music, drama and culture. It's the book we've all been waiting for. Written in an informal and high accessible style with wonderful pictures and illustrations it will no doubt be treasured by academics, Baliopihiles or anyone wanting to visit Bali and more deeply experience it's powerful culture. Rucina and Dibia (I know them both) are extraordinary and passionate lovers of all things Bali and have written and taught extensively for decades. If anyone was to write this book, they were the obvious choice.

There are dozens of books on this subject - most far too academic and inaccessible - including some of the classics. They got the information right, found the right expressive tone, and the layout is stunning.

A wonderful experience throughout!

Michael Wiese, filmmaker, publisher and Baliophile
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Japan Reader on September 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book for both those who are Bali newbies and those who already know about it, although it might be a little too detailed for some novices. Informative, with fantastic photos and drawings.
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Great book! Explains different parts of the culture in detail. Of course, for more depth, you will need to consider additional resources. However, this book is visually beautiful and will make your trip to Bali much more culturally worthwhile! Enjoy
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