BALAM returns to Bali this summer to perform one of its favorite signature works, “Ramayana-Abduction of Sita”, originally inspired by the Balinese dance drama I witnessed in my first visit to Bali in 1990. BALAM has created an action packed story fusing Balinese, ballet, modern, karate, and belly dance movement to bring four archetypal characters to life. This work has been praised by audiences and received critical acclaim in Bali and the United States.
In preparation for Bali Tour 2010, I am reconstructing the work with a heightened attention during rehearsals to weaving the heroic drama of the characters, who are gods, with real and nuances of human expressions. To accomplish this, I draw upon some of my recent studies and artistic experiences.
Toshinori Hamada as Rahwana. Photo by Julie Lemberger
This year’s version of BALAM’s “Ramayana” ballet is sure to move our audiences in Bali once again. The best elements of both worlds are joined, the superhuman drama of the gods and the real emotions of mortals. What better way to capture the audience and lead them through a deep journey!