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Internationally hailed as one of Bali’s most forward-thinking music and dance ensembles, Çudamani is known for their exceptional creativity, superb artistry, and their unflagging love for the classical treasures of Balinese tradition. Nurtured and trained in the village of Pengosekan, the group is among Bali’s most respected and accomplished. One of the 21-member ensemble’s many singular features is that many of their artists are multi-disciplinary, mastering gamelan, dance, voice, and visual art resulting in artistically unified presentations.

Gamelan music weaves layers of intricate sound: the punctuation of deep great bronze gongs, charismatic leadership from the drums, stunning interlocking percussion from the bronze gangsa, and finely elaborated delicacy of voice and flute. Known for dance, the company includes virtuosic soloists as well as ensemble work where all company members dance. The ensemble touches the soul with a program that spans the spectrum of human emotion, from sublime to fearless, from reverent to unapologetically playful. Çudamani intrigues the mind and heart, and a radiant flash of their eyes invites you into the transcendent experience of Balinese gamelan and dance.

Çudamani’s residency is part of the Asian Centennial at William & Mary and is made possible with the generous support of the Arts & Sciences Annual Fund, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Global Studies, The Reves Center for International Studies, the Office for Student Diversity, the Center for Liberal Arts, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Williamsburg Regional Library.

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