Study the music and dance of Bali in an amazing three-week immersion program !
We have made exciting adjustments to our format to provide the highest quality of instruction for beginning, intermediate and advanced students!
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 ensemble, however, includes there are opportunities to play Gamelan Angklung and if requested, Gender Wayang. Musicians have time to work together as an ensemble to develop the Balinese sense of 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. Advanced students and teacher, 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 renown 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!
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 eighteen 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 and locals young and old always enjoy having these students in their village. The program features guest lectures and demonstrations by internationally renowned scholars and artists.
In the village of Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali — across the street from the temple — is a family compound that is the ancestral home of Dewa Putu Berata and the home of Çudamani. Cudamani is famous for its exceptional teaching, riveting performance, and gorgeous touring work. The group is respected for its commitment to preserving and reviving rare, classical Balinese repertoire, while also nurturing the innovative spirit of its young artists and composers.
The company’s technical accomplishments on the seven-toned Semarandana are unparalleled. Two major projects that demonstrate their originality and musical versatility have been met with critical acclaim- Odalan Bali and Bamboo to Bronze. Most recently, the group was invited in 2012 and again in 2013 by Arts Midwest to tour for a total of ten weeks to US Midwestern states as part of Arts Midwest’s World Fest. Cudamani has sustained their excellence over six American and three European tours. Three CD and one DVD release are evidence of their musical accomplishment.
I Dewa Putu Berata: Director, Gamelan Çudamani
Emiko Saraswati Susilo: Director, CSI
We invite individuals who wish to work intensively with other artists from around the world with a proven interest in living in another culture. Applicants must be 18 years or older. Beginners as well as experienced gamelan musicians and dancers are encouraged to apply.
Tuition Fees & Important Dates
Deadline to Apply: June 1, 2016
Includes instruction, shared housing, daily breakfast, lunch (weekdays) and mid program excursions.
$2000. All proceeds benefit Çudamani’s children/youth and master artist programs.
Group discounts available.
A $25 non-refundable fee is required with each application. When accepted, the 1st tuition installment of tuition (50%) is due on May 1, 2015. The 2nd installment (remaining balance) is due on June 1, 2015. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellation after the April 15th date will forfeit 50% of deposit.
Check payable to: Foundation for World Arts
Mail to: 522 Masonic Avenue, Albany, CA 94706. Credit cards are also accepted.
Work Sample requested from applicants who have not worked with Cudamani in the past.
URL of music and/or dance samples. 5-10 minutes in length.For musicians: work sample may include footage/recording of a performance by your gamelan ensemble.
For dancers: work sample may include footage of your performance in any dance form.
Participants will reside in centrally located hotels in Ubud. Accommodations are double occupancy. A single room supplement may be requested with an additional fee. Arrangements will be made by the Summer Institute.
Daily breakfast and lunch is provided by the program. Also included are the Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner.
Participants are responsible for making own travel and visa arrangements as well as travel health insurance.
Group excursions include visits to the sacred sites, witness ceremonies and attend performances.