Bamboo to Bronze

When: Fri., Oct. 22, 8 p.m. 2010

Ancient and magnificent, Balinese dance embodies the faith, history, and culture of Bali in movements and gestures that pass from one generation to the next. But the art barely survived the 20th century, when a trend toward tourist-friendly, "Balinese-lite" routines nearly obliterated the classical arts. In a gesture of rebellion and respect, a group of young performers from the village of Pengosekan founded Gamelan Çudamani (pronounced SOOD-a-mani) to make Balinese traditions relevant to new generations. Now a national treasure, the 31-member group brings its third US tour, Bamboo to Bronze, toZellerbach Hall (Bancroft Ave. at Dana St., Berkeley) on Friday, Oct. 22. The show features spectacular temple and court dances along with new works inspired by gods and heroes, nature, and the cosmos. Balinese dance would be incomplete without live gamelan music, and Çudamani's virtuoso Semarandana-style ensemble is hailed as one of the best. 8 p.m., $14-$48. 510-642-9988 or

Claudia Bauer

Price: $28-$48

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