April 10, 2016 at Gamelan Sekar Jaya in Berkeley.
April: 10, 17, 24, May: 8, 22, 29 (no class May 1)
Appropriate for all levels.
7 Class Pass $112 General
An introduction to the dynamic, expressive, and exquisite dance of Bali, Indonesia, taught by acclaimed master dancer I Made Keranca. Classes will introduce basic techniques of male and female Balinese dance, and will include warm up and accessible exercises to learn fundamental movement vocabulary.
Develop strength, grace, and flexibility through this ancient art form that engages the body, focuses the mind and enlivens the spirit.
I MADE KERANCA is an illustrious dancer from the village of Jagaraga, revered as an artistic leader with an unparalleled understanding of North Balinese kebyar dance repertoire. The grandson of Pan Wandres, the celebrated master teacher, performer, choreographer, & composer that created works that catapulted the gamelan gong kebyar form and its repertoire into the consciousness of Balinese people and furthermore to artists all over the world. Keranca carries on his grandfather’s artistic path—reconstructing, creating, and disseminating work to students from Indonesia, North America, Japan and Europe through rigorous teaching. He studied with his grandfather, alongside other legendary artists including Pak Gede Manik. Keranca began formally teaching dance in 1959 at the age of fifteen. As a child and young man he also studied gamelan music under Bapak Putu Purana, and is considered a skillful kendang (drum) player.
He has taught and performed with nearly forty village gamelan ensembles throughout Bali, and at many locations throughout Indonesia from 1963-75, including East Java, West Java, Jakarta, Makassar, and Sumatra. From 1978-1997 he taught primarily in East Java, with regular performances in Jakarta every six months. In 1997, his return to North Bali had a tremendous impact on the development of arts in the area, bringing forth a vibrant energy and dedication to artistic virtuosity that the region is now known for. He has performed in Iran, the Phillipines, and Japan. He has also taught international ensembles with ensembles including Terangbulan (Japan), Darma Swara and Gamelan Sekar Jaya (USA), and Dwi Mekar (Bali). Recently he was the featured soloist at the International Conference for North Balinese Culture. Recently in his career he has taken on the challenge of creating new choreography, and creatively reconstructing existing classic dance, including Legong Pengleb, Pudak Sinunggal, and Legong Tombol. He is also frequently called upon to advise juries in arts competitions. In 2005 he was awarded the Dharma Kusuma, the government of Bali’s highest award for artistic achievement. He has won prestigious awards from the Regency of Buleleng, the Governor’s Master Artist Award, Indonesian College of the Arts Master Artist Award, and received many tributes from arts organizations as well.