Seen and Unseen: Explorations in Balinese Theatre

This class introduces students to classical theatre in Bali, Indonesia. Bali is an island well-known for its varied theatrical genres from sacred trance séances to masked dances that tell stories from Balinese history. In this class, students will learn not only the various theatrical forms on the island but also their history, ritual and social roles and transformations. Emphasis is placed on the classical genres of gambuh and topeng and students will learn how to stage a performance as Balinese actors do.

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