In the New Year January 1, 2013, a group of Balinese performing arts performed in Peliatan. The group named Bapang Sari, a Balinese gamelan and dance group from Japan. This time the participants are both from Japan and Bali. Japan-Bali. They did this performance as a form of tribute and gratitude to their teachers in Bali.

In this performance f (kadek ferry) & m (mayumi inouye) join this group. Once, 12 years ago m was a member of musician of Bapang Sari. But this time her old friends ask her to join as a dancer, and f also joined as musician.

Bapang Sari rehearsal  on December at Mas Village
Bapang Sari rehearsal on December at Mas Village ::: photo by U.A :::

Bapang Sari group is a bit different from other gamelan and dance groups in Japan. Most gamelan groups have their own studio or permanent place for rehearsal, but Bapang Sari do not. When they have a performance, then the members both musicians and dancers come from various places around Japan to meet and perform, as their love into the culture of Bali.

The members of this group are selected not solely on the basis of skills, good skill is not everything, or selected because of famous artists, but they were selected through the eyes of the heart, through the “jodoh”. One of the member invite friend who loves art, has a high spirit of cooperation and mutual help, and so on to form dance and gamelan group.

Bapang Sari rehearsal  on December at Mas Village
Mr. I Ketut Cater / Bapang Sari’s Gurdian and Teacher

The participants of the performance on January 1, 2013 were the members who come to Bali for New Year holidays, and not all Japanese members can be present. One week ahead to the performance some members had preceded come to Bali. f & m and some other Balinese artists who will also joining, began to merge and gradually rehearse at home of one of their gamelan teacher, Mr. Winaja.

Bapang Sari rehearsal  on December at Mas Village
Mr. I Wayan Winaja and his family helping us for rehearsal !!!

The general rehearsals were conducted when all members have arrived in Bali, on 30 and 31 December in the Ancak Saji Puri Agung Peliatan. It was almost rainy every day, was not so good weather. As of this situation there were two stages being prepared, the open stage Ancak Saji, and Wantilan, in Puri Agung Peliatan.

Bapang Sari rehearsal  on December at Mas Village
rehearsal of Bapang Sari

“Bridge of Japan and Bali” is the motto of Bapang Sari. The performers consisted of 9 Japanese musicians, 8 Balinese musicians, 12 Japanese dancers, 5 children dancers whose parents are Balinese-Japan, and 2 young Balinese dancers.

At the peak of the event, January 1, 2013, in the morning the weather was overcast and rain, the last rehearsal couldn’t be done in the open stage. There were fears that the weather was getting worse. But hours before the gig, the sun smile, we welcome him with joy, and began preparing and set-up the gamelan instrument on an open stage.

Bapang Sari rehearsal  on December at Mas Village
Check script for MC

BUDAYA BALI

BUDAYA BALI
Bapang Sari Original Instrumental
Composed by I Ketut Cater
Performance Program

  • Rejang Dewa Dance
  • Instrumental Budaya Bali (by I Ketut Cater)
  • Panyembrahma Dance
  • Baris Dance
  • Legong Lasem Dance
  • Margapati Dance
  • Telek Dance
  • Instrumental Gilak

There were many people who help us, began lending gamelan instruments, provided a place to rehearse, dressing place, ritual offering, meals, and provided a huge and beautiful stage Ancak Saji Puri Agung Peliatan, and many other assistance were our value and grateful. Matur suksma!

Bapang Sari rehearsal  on December at Mas Village
Bapang Sari Performance 2013 Bali ::: photo by Chieko Maeda :::

We grateful and thank to the god Ida Sang Hyang Widhi as the performance goes well and smoothly. Just after the performance, and after lift and moving the gamelan, the rain was back down.

Matur Suksma!

Gamelan Musicians
Eiko Fujita
Harumi Maki
Kazuko Uryu
Maki Sera
Makiko Sato
Mariko Adachi
Mariko Murakami
Mihoko Ueyama
Yuriko Ito
I Ketut Cater
I Wayan Winaja
Ni Kadek Winyani
I Kadek Jati
Yande
Ni Luh Putu Winda
Ni Komang Sraya
f (kadek ferry)
Dancers
Akiko Utaka
Ayumu Abe
Chie Miura
Chisa Shioya
Jyunko Kanno
Kazuko Kimizuka
Keiko Moriya
Miyuki Yamada
Rie Kobayashi
Taeko Ohara
Tomomi Sugitani
mayumi Inouye ( m )
AA Ayumi Kumaladewi
AA Natsumi Kusuma Putri
Asuri Inoue
Ni Kadek Okta Viani
Ni Komang Santika Dewi
Ni Putu Mika Lestari
Ni Putu Wulan Prasanti
Bali Gamelan & Dance Teachers
Agung Deja
AA Anom Putra
AA Manik Anggraeni
AA Oka Sri Anggrimawati
AA Raka Kusumawati
Cok Istri Padmini
Cok Istri Putri Rukmini
Jero Puspawati
I Ketut Cater
I Ketut Sukayana
I Wayan Jayamerta
I Wayan Sanglah
I Wayan Sumentra
I Gusti Agung Mas Susilawati
Ni Gst Ayu Sukmawati
Ni Nyoman Candri
N.L.N Swasthi Widjaya Bandam
Dr.I Made Bandam
Supporter

Ai Gunji (MC)
Tomoko Saiki (MC)
AA Istri Wirati (helps and providing stage for the performance)
I Wayan Purwanto (helps and providing stage facilities)
IB Oka Wirjana (lending gamelan instruments for performance)
Winaja & Family (providing gamelan instruments and place for rehearsal )

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