at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Lecture and Demonstration on Balinese Dance

Friday, 14 September 2007 at 12:00 PM at Korean Studies Auditorium
Presented by Professor I Nyoman Sumandhi, artist-in-residence in the Asian Theatre Program at UHM

Prof. Sumandhi will speak on dance education and dances on the island of Bali, present video clips, and – as a highlight of his lecture – also perform examples of topeng mask dance.


Prof. Sumandhi was born in a family of dalangs, or traditional Balinese puppet masters. His father was a famous dalang, and Sumandhi himself is now a renown performer of shadow puppetry, a leader in musical traditions such as gender wayang and gong kebyar, as well as a master of topeng mask dance.

Prof. Sumandhi has been performing and teaching in many places throughout the U.S and many other countries including Japan, Korea, Singapore, Italy, Australia, Iran, etc. He was the principle of Sekolah Menengah Karawitan Indonesia (SMKI), a High School of Performing Arts, Denpasar in Bali (1991-1999), a visiting professor at the Music Dept. at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1993,) and an instructor at SMKI (1965-1991).