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Çudamani Summer Institute (CSI)

July 14 - 27, 2018

WHO ARE WE? Providing instruction to the children and youth of Pengosekan has been the primary goal of Sanggar Cudamani for twenty years.  While rooted in the conviction that gamelan and dance are a powerful means of developing spiritual discipline, Directors Dewa Putu Berata and Emiko Susilo also understand the critical social role the arts can play particularly for youth in a rapidly modernizing world.  In the past eleven years Çudamani Summer Institute has extended their educational reach by bringing hundreds of international students to their village Sanggar.


Over the years Dewa Putu Berata and Emiko Susilo have refined their approach to teaching a diverse student body. Their pedagogy is unique in Bali and supports the beginging student as well as the seasoned master artists.  Key to the success of the program is the team of Cudamani teaching assistants.   Their participation keeps the artistic level of every class at a very high level by providing individual instruction, encouragement, and models of excellence. Past participants have included: University music and dance professors as well as students; professional artists eager to extend their creative and performative reach;, educators who want to expand their classroom teaching, and young people who have fallen under the spell of Balinese performing arts.


2018 ACTIVITIES- In addition to ensemble classes with Cudamani musicians and dancers, 2018 has a very special series of activities planned due to the religious cycle of temple ceremonies.  This year the program begins with the Otonan (or Balinese birthday celebration) of Gamelan Cudamani.  All members young and old gather to pray for the blessings of God and the success of our artistic endeavors.  This Otonan includes performances by members in a special annual Cudamani celebration.  This two week program also coincides with two major Odalan (temple ceremonies) in our village temples in Pengosekan.  CSI students will offer their newly acquired skills in this village ceremony.


The core of the teaching program includes daily gamelan and dance study.  A hallmark of this program is the assistant teachers who are able to offer each student an individual tutor; as a result, even players/dancers new to Balinese performance are able to accomplish an enormous amount in the limited time of the program.  The program is further enhanced by lecture demonstrations by members of Cudamani; invited lectures by guest speakers; attending one Bali Arts Festival performance, and one field trip to cultural sites in our area.  With ten years of experience Dewa and Emiko have created a balanced, dynamic and inspiring educational experience that has students returning year after year.


International and Indonesian students will benefit from the educational approach refined by Cudamani teachers over the years.  Separate sessions with Level I and Level II material allow students of all levels to get the individual attention you need to develop artistically. Class placement will be decided by teachers once you are in Bali. Don’t worry! We’ll find the right level for you.


Adding to the impact of this course of study is the chance to live and work in their home village of Pengosekan, Ubud.  For more than twenty years Çudamani has enhanced village life in Pengosekan by teaching hundreds of Balinese children, youth, and adults.   CSI is the one time you have an opportunity to be incorporated into Çudamani’s teaching program. Pengosekan residents young and old always enjoy having you in their village. The program will also introduce you to internationally renowned scholars and artists.

GAMELAN PROGRAM– Daily sessions in Cudamani’s open air studio teach you the techniques of Balinese gamelan, expand your repertoire and improve your musicality. Under the Direction of Dewa Putu Berata, ten senior Cudamani players join studio sessions, ensuring individual attention as well as the robust sound Cudamani is famous for. The opportunity to play a wide range of pieces under astute leadership of Dewa Putu Berata will advance the musicianship and musical understanding of gamelan players from around the world.  The gamelan program works primarily on the gorgeous Semarandana instruments. Core to the concept of the program is  working along side master musicians and dancer to develop the Balinese sense ensemble and musicality. In addition, small-group sessions allow advanced musicians to refine skills, try new instruments, and learn repertoire, while beginning musicians have time to learn the fundamentals of gamelan in an environment that is challenging yet supportive and incredibly fun.


DANCE PROGRAM- If you have always wanted to try Balinese dance, but have told yourself, “I’m not a dancer” then send us an email. We have a great program for beginners, and welcome you. You can do it! If you have some experience with Balinese dance, but need to deepen your understanding and repertoire, then this is an incredible learning environment for you as well. You will be working with the masters of the tradition, honing your dance skills, expanding your repertoire. Delve deeply into the  powerful practice of Balinese dance. Under the supervision of Emiko Saraswati Susilo, participants work with some of Bali’s most reknown teachers- Ibu Ni Ketut Arini and Bapak I Nyoman Cerita. Dancers learn both male as well as female technique. Dancers of all levels will learn a lot from dancing alongside some of Bali’s most talented young performers. No matter where you are in your study of Balinese dance, the program will challenge and inspire you!

SELECTION CRITERIA – We invite individuals who wish to work intensively with other artists from around the world with a proven interest in living in another culture. Paraticipants must be 18 years or older, unless prior approval of CSI Directors. Beginners as well as experienced gamelan musicians and dancers are encouraged to apply.


Important Dates

  • June 13    Check in Artini Resort and Welcome Reception
  • July 14     Cudamani Otonan, Orientation, Opening Prayers & Instruction begins (Sunday)
  • July 24     Attend Major Festival of Pura Dalem Pengosekan
  • July 26     Attend and Perform at Major Festival at Pura Desa Pengosekan
  • July 27     Wrap up and Farewell Party
  • July 28     Check Out Artini III

Application  Due:  May 15, 2018
Registration Fee:  Due upon application
In order to plan, we request full tuition by June 15, 2018

Tuition Fees


Tuition WITH Housing

Tuition with housing at Artini Resort:
Double occupancy: $1900;
Private room: $2,350;
Youth rooming with adult (11-17 yrs with paying family member) $1,500.

This Option Includes:

  • Private or shared accommodations 15 nights at the Artini Resort hotel
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Airport pick up July 13th and return July 28th  (Arrivals and departures outside these dates on your own)

Tuition WITHOUT Housing

Tuition without housing:  $1400; Youth (11-17 yrs with paying family member) $1,100.   This is a new option for the 2018 program. This ‘instruction only’ program allows participants to secure their own accommodations (we will provide a recommended list), arrange airport transportation, and other personal details.  Simply show up for class.

Tuition Includes

  • Welcome reception
  • Daily instruction in Gamelan or Dance
  • Lunch on days in session
  • Admission to all events
  • Local transportation for CSI events
  • Welcome reception
  • Farewell dinner
  • discount on tickets to Çudamani Festival (August 2017)


Participants are responsible for making own travel and visa arrangements as well as travel health insurance. Indonesia tourist visa is not required for citizens of United States of America for a stay up to 30 days.- for longer says please see web site:


CSI is our major mean of funding  Çudamani’s children/youth and master artist programs. All proceeds go to support our education program.

Help us retain maximum benefit by sending funds directly by MAILING A CHECK payable to:

Foundation for World Arts
12200 Lawler Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90066

Credit cards are also accepted.

Cancellation after the July 1st date will forfeit 50% of tuition.



“The performance in the temple was the most important for me. It was brilliant to have been able to perform in a meaningful celebration and to apply whatever had been taught for that purpose.”

Elaine Pedly
Dancer/Choreographer, Class of 2007

“I know that many Americans come to Bali to take lessons individually, but getting to do this through a group situation, in which we were able to form something of an ensemble by the end, and in which I was able to form a connection with a group of people who feel just as seriously passionate about the music and culture as I do, seems to be really special. I got to spend a lot of time with a lot of fabulous musicians, listening to and playing and practicing gamelan several hours a day. I felt inspired every day, and I feel like I’m definitely hearing gamelan music differently now than before the program.

I now have a much better understanding of the relationship between the music and dance, and a greater sense about what it means to have a community ensemble of musicians who actually work together, play together, collaborate, and live that spirit through their music-making.”

Lynda Paul
Musician, Class of 2007

“The strength of the Institute is the opportunity to be completely immersed in Balinese culture through learning music and dance, yet with enough Western teaching methods to facilitate our learning.”

Donna Eshelman
Dancer/Choreographer, Class of 2008

“I came away with a deep respect for the integration of the arts into daily and ceremonial life in Bali, and sadness at their estrangement in western culture. The access to master teachers — I was honored and humbled over and over again by the talent, skill and artistry of our teachers, all of which they so lovingly shared with us.”

Rosemary Candelario
Dancer/Choreographer, Class of 2008

“Çudamani Summer Institute has opened my eyes to Balinese culture in ways I could not have experienced in any other program. The musicians, dancers, and staff are welcoming and kind and teach respect and compassion — cultural aspects I will carry with me back to my home and school in the United States. Learning the music and developing new friendships goes hand-in-hand in gamelan music. CSI has further enhanced my appreciation for this island’s rich art and culture. I’ll carry this experience with me always and appreciate it for the rest of my life.”

Claire Fassnacht
Musician, Class of 2012

“It was a phenomenal experience with a mix of students ranging from ethnomusicologists and semi-professional players to graduate and undergraduate students with some experience in gamelan or at least percussion performance… All in all it was superbly arranged and delivered, and many of the students were returnees or, like me, hope to return… read more "

Greg Youtz
Musician, Class of 2012

“I’ve attended many dance festivals and intensives in San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, and elsewhere. The Cudamani Summer Institute stands out as an glorious immersive practice within the extraordinary arts and culture of Bali, a land where the arts are as earnestly sophisticated as they are genuinely sacred. Being invited warmly into the the Cudamani community, practicing in studios in family homes, sharing meals, attending temple ceremonies, and participating in both public and private performances provided for an inspiring artistic exchange connecting along our universal human dimensions amongst cultures from various corners of the planet.”

Paul Laurey
Artist and Filmmaker, Class 2015
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