A Short Bibliography on Dance and Drama

General Works on Balinese Drama and Dance 

Dibia, I Wayan and Ballinger, R. 2004. Balinese dance, drama and music: a guide to the performing arts of Bali. Periplus: Singapore. (The best introduction to the topic, with excellent photographs and text which explains drama and dance as Balinese themselves understand them.) 

Bandem, I Madé and deBoer, F.E. 1995. Balinese dance in transition. Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press. (An important historical and general overview of dance and drama.) 

de Zoete, B. and Spies, W. 1938. Dance and drama in Bali. London: Faber and Faber. (This is the classic work on the topic, which remains an invaluable source, even if a romanticized account.) 

 More Advanced Sources

Coast, J. 2004. Dancing out of Bali . Singapore: Periplus. (An account of the famous Balinese tour of the UK and USA in the early 1950s by the impresario, which gives a wonderful insight into the history and complexities of Balinese dance in the mid-twentieth century.) 

Coldiron, M. 2004. Trance and transformation of the actor in Japanese Noh and Balinese masked dance-drama. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press. (An advanced account of masked dance in Bali.) 

deBoer, F. 1996. Two modern Balinese theatre genres: Sendratari and Drama Gong. In Being modern in Bali: image and change . ed. A. Vickers, New Haven: Yale University South East Asia series, No 43. 158-178. (A review of two modern theatre forms in Bali.) 

Fischer, J. & Cooper, T. 1998. The folk art of Bali: the narrative tradition. New York: Oxford Univ. Press. (A good introduction to Balinese art.) 

Geertz, H. 2004. The life of a Balinese temple: artistry, imagination, and the history of a peasant village . Honolulu: Univ. of Hawai'i Press. (A wonderful account of how Balinese religion is intricately woven into arts and daily life.) 

Geertz, H.1994. Images of power: Balinese paintings made for Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead. Honolulu: Univ. of Hawai'i Press. (A fascinating account of Bali as imagined by Balinese painters.) 

Gold, L. 2004. Music in Bali: experiencing music, expressing culture. Oxford: Univ. Press. (A sympathetic account of Balinese music and its links to Balinese culture, with CD.) 

Herbst, E. 1997. Voices in Bali: energies and perceptions in vocal music and dance theater. Hanover, NH.: Univ. Press of New England. (An advanced work on the important but neglected topic of Balinese singing.) 

Hitchcock, M. and Norris, L. 1995. Bali, the imaginary museum: the photographs of Walter Spies and Beryl de Zoete. Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press. (An introduction to the work and imagination of the authors of Dance and drama in Bali.) 

Hobart , A. 1987. Dancing shadows of Bali: theatre and myth. London & New York: KPI. (A good introduction to the different aspects of Balinese shadow theatre.) 

Hobart , M. 2002. Live or dead? Televising theatre in Bali. Media worlds: anthropology on new terrain . eds. F. Ginsburg, L. Abu-Lughod & B. Larkin. Berkeley & Los Angeles: Univ. of California Press. (An analysis of what happens when Balinese extemporized theatre is performed on television.) The original full version is available online here.

Hobart, M. 2007. Rethinking Balinese dance. in M. Cohen, A. Lopez y Royo and L. Nozlopy, Indonesian performing arts in a transnational context, special issue of Indonesia and the Malay World, 35: 107-28. (A critical analysis of how Westerners have imagined drama and dance in Bali.) An online version is available here.

Picard, M. 1996. Bali: cultural tourism and touristic culture. Singapore: Archipelago Press. (An excellent account of how tourism has affected the arts, including dance and drama in Bali.) 

Picard, M. 1996. Dance and drama in Bali: the making of an Indonesian art form. In Being modern in Bali: image and change. edited by A. Vickers, New Haven: Yale University Southeast Asia Studies No 43, 115-157. (A critical review of the history of Balinese theatre and dance.) 

Savarese, N. 2001. Antonin Artaud sees Balinese theatre at the Paris Colonial Exposition. The drama review 45, 3: 51-77. (An analysis of Artaud's encounter with Balinese dance.) 

Slattum, J. & Schraub, P. 2003. Balinese masks: spirits of an ancient drama. Hong Kong: Periplus. (A lavishly illustrated account of masked dance in Bali.) 

Tenzer, M. 1991. Balinese music. Berkeley, Ca.: Periplus. (A good introduction to Balinese music.) 

Vickers, A. 1989. Bali: a paradise created. Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin. (An excellent historical analysis of how Europeans set about imagining Bali.) 


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