The performance of Japanese and Balinese artists in the Japan Festival Bali 2013 in the Taman Limut Temple, Pengosekan Kelod, Ubud, was very attractive and unique. The festival taking place for six days (Nov 28-Dec 3) presented a variety of dances and music. Such collaborative art performance was organized by Japan-Bali Association for Educational and Cultural Exchange. As the main show was the appearance of Mori - Gami (based on the story of Calonarang) and collaboration of Noh and gamelan performances involving Tsumura Reijiro (Japan) as a Noh dancer. There was also a collaboration of Wayang Beber Cudamani Studio, Ohno Makato (Flute/Japan) and Yasufuku Mitsuo (Percussion/Japan).
The audience was also fascinated by the appearance of Akaoni, denoting a collaboration of contemporary dance and Balinese dance presented by Kaiji Moriyama (Japanese contemporary dancer) and Ni Wayan Sekariani (Balinese dancer). The collaboration was accompanied by music of Wayang Beber Cudamani Studio (Gamelan/Bali). Besides, there was also Feel Alive! Mime Troupe Grand Balloon, a Japanese pantomime, presentation by Suar Dwi Stri (Grantang Pelog of the Bali-Japan Society). In addition, the event was also graced with Japanese speech competition and a painting exhibition by SMAN 1 Ubud high school and Sakura - Zuka High School (Osaka, Japan) as long as the festival took place.
Chairman of the Committee, Nami Sato, said such an event aimed to introduce the diversity of Japanese and Balinese arts and culture. “This activity is also intended to broaden and strengthen the relationships in cultural exchanges between the two countries,” she said. (BTN/015)