Rehearsals are often as interesting as the actual performance, because that is the moment that dancers and gamelan work together to create the final performance. Unlike western orchestral music, the dancers are not treated like instruments under the command of the conductor but are autonomous. So rehearsal requires a delicate adjustment, especially between the lead drummer and the dancer. As the photographs show, the musicians have to watch the dancer and adjust their timing accordingly.

The photographs also suggest something of the precision and complexity of Balinese dance. The captions indicate something of the range of movements in a single dance. 

© Mark Hobart 2015