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    Getting the Song and Dance in Ubud, Bali

    Both men are considered international leaders in performances involving traditional and contemporary puppets.

    as, one-by-one, talented artisans appear performing their respective crafts of creating traditional flutes, carving masks, fashioning beautiful traditional offerings, painting on canvas, and creating traditional puppets. Dancers executing key segments from the rich Balinese dance repertoire as they enter the village center.

    The intensive connection shared between spirituality and artistic endeavor in the daily lives of the Balinese is further revealed as sacred Topeng Dancers depict the full range of the human experience. The sacred and profane, refinement and ugliness are all on display via the masks and movements employed by the dancer.

    The pantheon of Bali-Hindu gods and goddesses appear bringing creation, destruction, fertility, love, and devotion. Evil forces invade the scene threatening the welfare of the community, while demon queens engage in epic battles with mystical Barong Lions and the dreaded Buta Kala – the grim reaper of Hindu mythology.

    Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer combine forces to form a powerful triumvirate collaborating to restore balance and good order to the world.

    Shiva – manifested as Nataraja – make a triumphal entrance performing the Ananda Tandava Dance of supreme bliss underlining the supremacy of dance and the almost endless other art forms practiced in Bali as the craftsmen and artists return to the stage for the program’s conclusion. 

    At this point, Balinese Living Arts’ Siwa Nataraja performance transforms into an unique interactive artistic and cultural event in which audience members are invited onto the performance space to meet the performers who, like Balinese since time immemorial, eagerly share their Island’s culture and innate spirituality with the world.

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    Daily Performance 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Tri Hita Karana – Cosmic Balance

    Desa Visesa Ubud on Jalan Suweta
    Admission charge Rp. 300,000

    Appropriately set amidst the verdant rice terraces of north Ubud at Desa Visesa Ubud, the daily eventide performance of Tri Hita Karana focuses on the Bali-Hindu Mother Goddess of Dewi Sri – the epitome of fertility and prosperity. As the “Goddess of Rice” – Dewi Sri’s influence in a Balinese community is key to providing balance and the prevention of famine, poverty and disease. Dewi Sri holds supreme mystical domain over the ubiquitous rice terraces of Bali where her name is even invoked at the cutting of every single stalk of rice

    Rice and Dewi Sri are central to ritual and traditional agricultural life of the Balinese. Rice is omnipresent in all religious ceremonies and rituals on the Island, as it is also at every Balinese meal. The Balinese dogma of Tri Hita Karana – the absolute maintenance of balance in all things – is perfectly reflected in the role played by the cultivation of rice in the Island’s daily life. Balance between man and nature, between man and God, and between members of the human community that form the three tenets of Tri Hita Karana are all encompassed in the role played by rice, the subak agricultural system and the administration of local banjars.

    The hour-long fast-moving compendium of Balinese traditional dance and music presented by some 40 artists celebrate the Tri Hita Karana orientation of balance between God, man, and nature that dictate every aspect of agricultural life stretching back centuries in Bali.

    Theatrical Events Not to be Missed

    Both shows represent an unparalleled opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Balinese art and culture, the rich history of Ubud’s Royal Household, and the pervasiveness of agriculture in the Island’s daily life. And, as with all their past collaborations, Sidia and Wilson will introduce into each program’s cast of characters unique animal puppetry fogures that will both charm and mesmerize their audiences.

    About the Ubud Royal Palace

    Located at the very heart of Ubud, the Ubud Palace dates its construction in the first two decades of the 19th Century and is a living repository of Balinese architecture

    The family palace of Ubud’s current Raja, the Palace is situated near the a fork in the Wos River – revered since the 8th century as a magically imbued place at which to pray, mediate, bathe and gather holy waters needed to perform local rituals.

    The location for the daily “Balinese Living Arts” performance each day at 11:00 am, the Ubud Palaces is open to the public and the location for an entire schedule of Balinese cultural performances.

    About Desa Visesa Ubud

    Situated on 6.5 hectares of land and surrounded by traditional villages, Visesa Desa Ubud is less than 2-kilometers away from the Ubud Palace and the very center of the town that is the thriving center of Bali’s largest arts community.

    Proudly Balinese in its location and architectural design, Desa Visesa’s 66 pool villas and 40 suites are set in working agricultural fields that form a integral self-sustaining part of the Resort. All the contemporary conveniences and luxuries amenities form part of the guest experience that includes four restaurants, a massive central swimming pool, and traditional luxuriant spa experiences.


    Reservations are recommended for both performances that can be done online at www.visesaubud.com or by telephoning +62-(0) 361-2091788 or +62-(0) 877 4532 5571. Email 

    Sources: http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=18088
    Re-posted by Pande

    Editors’ Picks: The craziest viral stories out of Bali in 2017

    These our our pick’s for the wildest sh*t that went down in Bali this year.

    If there’s a crazy story that’s gone viral on the Bali net, you can be darn sure that we’re going to report on it. It’s our sworn pledge to wade through the dark corners of the internet to bring you the best (and worst) of what’s being shared about Bali from naughty monkeys to hilarious jingles about the island.

    While we’ve already put together a list of your favorite Coconuts Bali posts of the year, as the top-read stories of 2017, we’re kinda selfish and feel the need to remind you of some of our faves, that we found extremely entertaining but weren’t necessarily the highest clicked on.

    Here they are, in particular order.

    1. NSFW: Monkeys share ‘banging’ moment atop a tourist’s head in Ubud Monkey Forest

    Monkeys doing the deed on the top of some guy’s head. What happens in the Monkey Forest, stays in the Monkey Forest, amirite?

    Ubud Monkey Forest mischief

    2. ‘Canggu Hipsters’ and ‘Hungry in Ubud’: YouTuber parodies Bali trends

    We’ve all encountered some obnoxious hipsters in Canggu and hippies in Ubud at one point or another. Props to this girl for parodying the irritating stereotypes in such a hilarious, catchy way.

    Natasha Tjahjadi

    Natasha Tjahjadi sings about Bali stereotypes.

    3. Lil Wayne mistook petrol for vodka while in Bali, jokes viral post

    Indonesians sell petrol in liquor bottles on the side of the road, it’s a thing. But those visiting sometimes  could get confused and think there’s just cheap Absolut for sale on every street. ‘What if Lil Wayne got drunk on this cheap sh*t?’, joked a viral Facebook post.

    lil wayne viral vodka post

    A photo circulating Facebook, supposedly of Lil Wayne popping a bottle of petrol. We doubt this really happened, but it sure makes for a great laugh.

    4. VIRAL: Balinese man bathes in ‘cold lava flow’ for Hindu cleansing ritual

    Because there’s nothing cleaner and more purifying than bathing in a dirty, ashy, debris-filled river, right?

    “Jero Kuncir Gimbal” does a Balinese cleansing ceremony in a lahar. Photos via Facebook

    5. Balinese priests trek to top of volcano to pray against eruption

    They just had to see for themselves.

    priests at Agung

    Mangku Mokoh and his uncle, Jro Mangku Kari atop Bali’s Mt. Agung. Photos via Facebook

    6. ‘I’ve Been to Bali Too’: 80s Aussie anthem makes viral comeback as netizens reminisce about the island’s good ol’ days (VIDEO)

    “Went through my bags like McCartney in Japan, I didn’t have a thing, so I didn’t give a damn.

    “You can’t trick me, because I’ve been to Bali too.”

    i've been to bali too

    Australian singer-songwriter John Schumann has been to Bali too.

    7. Viral: Mighty old man slings scooter on shoulder like it’s a sack of potatoes

    Ain’t no thang for this daddy.

    motorbike-lifting bapak

    Look, just one hand! Photo: @dede_prastiawa22 via Info Denpasar

    8. Bali university students scour YouTube for erotic Balinese dance content to flag and report

    Balinese students stood up for their culture, flagging and reporting any content they could find on YouTube of the dance joget bumbung being taken over the line, to a pornographic level. It kind of gave the term ‘keyboard warriors’ a whole different meaning.

    joget bumbung

    Photo: A live action performance of joget bumbung

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/editors-picks-craziest-viral-stories-bali-2017/
    Re-posted by Pande

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