About Me

Balinese classical dance opera (Arja). Photo from a performance at the International Bali Arts Festival 2005, Katemu ring Tampaksiring.

Hello, I am Ni Madé Pujawati, the director of Balinesedance. Growing up in a remote mountain village in Bali, I have been dancing since I can remember. I was trained at the Indonesian National Conservatoire (KOKAR) in Bali, then at the Institute of Arts (ISI Denpasar). Subsequently I have studied Javanese dance with teachers from Yogyakarta and Surakarta in Central Java.

In 2001 I moved to live permanently in the UK and set up my own dance group, Lila Bhawa. I brought over with me a beautiful seven-tone Balinese Semar Pegulingan Gamelan, housed at SOAS, University of London, and a Baleganjur Marching Gamelan, currently at City University. Besides that I am Artistic Director of SEA Arts, which runs SEA ArtsFest, an annual festival to promote South East Asian Arts. I am dancer in residence with the Javanese SouthBank Gamelan Players and also with Lila Cita Balinese Gamelan at City University. Apart from teaching and performing Indonesian dance, I have collaborated extensively with other Asian performers through The Foundation for Indian Performing Arts (FIPA) and River Cultures

Besides teaching dance to Lila Bhawa, I am a Visiting Artist at East 15 Acting College and Regent’s University, including theatre performances accompanied by Balinese Kècak vocal chant.

My choreographies include classical Indonesian and contemporary Asian (see examples here). 

© Mark Hobart 2015