Topeng : the Art of Dance and
Storytelling in Bali, Indonesia
A presentation for the CTA Spotlight
Professor Randal Baier
& Performing Arts Librarian
Tuesday, January 21, 2003
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 300
Topeng is a theatrical genre of dance and historical
storytelling in Bali, Indonesia. Topeng performances combine music
with a series of short character dances and longer narratives, performed
solo or by a troupe of four to five actor/dancers who each take on different
roles as the evening progresses. Topeng has something for everyone
in the Balinese audience – slapstick and glitter for the children, fine
dance and language for the artistes, religion for the old-timers,
and tales of days gone by for the general bystander.
Using video and audio recordings, Prof. Baier's presentation
will take the audience through a typical topeng perrformance, and discuss
the place that topeng occupies as an art form and as a genre of
living history in Balinese society.