At Opening of BAF 2017, ISI Denpasar Displays Musical Dance Drama

At Opening of BAF 2017, ISI Denpasar Displays Musical Dance Drama

The Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar presents a new art composition in the form of Gurnita Murti musical drama dance at the opening of the 39th Bali Art Festival (BAF). It is entitled Kresna Dwipayana telling the story about the author Vyasa of the Mahabharata epic, while the theme of BAF is Ulun

The Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar presents a new art composition in the form of Gurnita Murti musical drama dance at the opening of the 39th Bali Art Festival (BAF). It is entitled Kresna Dwipayana telling the story about the author Vyasa of the Mahabharata epic, while the theme of BAF is Ulun Danu or Water Resource of Life. This performance will be presented at Arda Candra amphitheater, Denpasar Art Center on Saturday (Jun 10).

Deputy Rector IV of the ISI Denpasar, I Ketut Garwa, with permission from the rector explained that the concept of BAF opening this year is slightly different from the arts presented by the ISI Denpasar previously. The concept of colossal drama dance is inspired by drama acting where the artists should be able to dance and sing, so that the art composition can forward the BAF as a medium for the art preservation.

Similarly, the gamelan music in use poses the collaboration of modern musical instrument such as keyboards, violin, guitar and traditional music like gong gede gamelan set, jazz fusion owned by the artist Nyoman Winda. In accordance with the BAF’s theme namely “Ulun Danu or Water Resources of Life,” the ISI Denpasar tries to give a space with a new touch to avoid monotonous impression. “However, it stays to maintain tradition because the BAF is meant for preservation,” said Ketut Garwa.

This musical drama dance becomes a showcase of innovation and creativity because it is done by educational institution of the ISI Denpasar having the vision of becoming the center of excellence in the field of arts and culture based on local wisdom and universal vision. It does not only show off all the academic communities of the ISI Denpasar from various faculties. “In the 1980s, the ISI Denpasar presented a colossal Mahabharata and Ramayana ballet, then in the 1990s the STSI Denpasar came with the oratory and now we feature musical drama dance,” he explained.

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Besides, it features Balinese greatness dance entitled Bali Dwipa Jaya and a choir along with supporting instruments to entertain guests, and the Indonesia Raya anthem. During the opening parade, the ISI Denpasar gets an opportunity to showcase Siwanataraja Dance and Ketug Bumi involving 225 artists from various kinds of music.

This presentation involves most study programs such as the dance, puppetry, dance-drama and music, western music, craft, visual communication design with its video moving, decoration by craft while the costume is designed by colleagues from fashion department. “Take advantage of what we have,” he added. (BTN/015)



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