Çudamani: Gamelan and Dance of Bali

September 22, 2021, 7:30 PM
Alice Jepson Theatre


Free, Tickets Required

“Brilliant performers, stunning cohesion…a village awakens and our eyes open.” – Los Angeles Times

Internationally hailed as one of Bali’s most forward-thinking music and dance ensembles, Çudamani is known for their superb artistry and 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 their many singular features is that many of their artists are multidisciplinary, mastering gamelan, dance, voice, and visual art resulting in artistically unified presentations.

The 20-member ensemble weaves layers of intricate sound from the deep great bronze gongs to the delicate sounds of the bamboo flute, transporting audiences into the vibrant world of the treasured gamelan art form. The ensemble features its newest creation with Water-Tirta, a visually stunning and profoundly moving production based on the myriad ways the Balinese understand, relate to, and celebrate the life-giving cycle of water – as central to their prayer, to their rice cultivation, and to the health and well-being of all living things.

If the performance is sold out we will start distributing “standby” tickets 1 hour before the performance in person, at the Modlin Center box office only. If someone with seats for the performance does not show by performance time, a standby ticket holder takes their place in the theater. Each member of your party must be present when your name is announced, or your “standby” ticket will be released to the next patron on the list.

This engagement of Çudamani is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Support funded in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

Co-sponsored by University of Richmond’s Asia Connect and Department of Music in partnership with the community ensemble Gamelan Raga Kusuma.



View the program for this event here


Lecture Demonstration on the Music, Dance, and Culture of Bali with light refreshments
Monday, Sept. 20, 6:30-7:30pm

Modlin Pop Up at the VFMA Sculpture Garden, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1:00-1:30pm

Indonesian Cultural Fair
in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and Office of International Education, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 6:00-7:30pm

Balinese Dance Workshop, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 7:00-8:00pm

Balinese Music Workshop, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 7:00-8:00pm,

Indonesian Silat Martial Arts Workshop, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 7:00-8:00pm 

Pre-performance Javanese demonstration by community ensemble Gamelan Raga Kusuma based at University of Richmond, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 6:45pm-7:15pm

Learn about our safety protocols by visiting our Visitor Information page. 


Gamelan Çudamani Website 

The gamelan and Indonesian music in America by Andrew McGraw, Oxford University Press blog, an overview of the cultural context of gamelan performance in the west today.

Asia Society: A brief introduction to Balinese music

Community-based Gamelan Raga Kusama co-founded by music professor Andy McGraw