Ancienne dance dramatique de Gambuh (in French)
Gambuh: The Ancient Dance Drama of Bali (in French)
Gambuh – archaic, highly stylized, by turns raucous and exquisitely stately – is said to be Bali’s oldest surviving ritual theatre, comparable to Nô theatre in Japan and Kathakali in India. Its music, literature, and very specific dance vocabulary are thought to originate from Java of the Majapahit era, at the apogee of the classical Hindu-Javanese court culture.
The original recording of this DVD was carried out in 1994, at a time when most of the old Masters were still in a position to participate . It is an extremely valuable historical witness to an era of grand Masters that will never be seen again. A recording that was made in the very nick of time.