A TROUPE OF KEBYAR DUDUK DANCERS

 

It had to happen. This article covers a troupe of Kebyar Duduk Dancers, using production and modified pieces to create variety.

 

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Kebyar Duduk figures being made

 

Production pieces were transformed with sheet metal to depict the trailing cloth sewn to the sarong.

 

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Sometimes, Kebyar Duduk Dancers would perform the dance with a pair of padded mallets on the bonang. This piece is available as a set under Series A Bali.

 

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Having started to explore abstraction in the Kebyar Duduk Dancer 3 piece, here is another abstracted piece, this time based closely on a photo of Mario, the famous Kebyar dancer.

 

Again, the sensuality of this specific dance form is depicted here. The arm pinions are shifted in different directions.

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One outcome of my research in batik was a better understanding of the complexity of the subject and how the patterns would differ regionally. The scope for depicting this in miniature is one of the most satisfying outcome of this direction. In contrast to the formal batik patterns of the Javanese kratons (Series B), the Balinese love for colour and drama allows these figures to be depicted in bright and dramatic patterns, both batik and otherwise. It is the stated intention here to produce unique figures with unique batik patterns, never to be repeated.

 

There are pictures also of very young Kebyar Duduk Dancers. The next figure was created from the top half of the Balinese Legong Dancer and the kneeling lower legs of a woman. Thus smaller proportions are achieved to depict a young boy.

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Finally, the modified Kebyar Duduk dancers are placed on a circular cast metal base for stability, handling and visual effect.

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All the Kebyar Duduk Dancers are available as single Exclusive items or with other pieces as part of other sets under the Series A Bali.