BALINESE PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY
Surapsari mastered a wide range of Balinese dance in both male
and female forms and in three regional styles. She received training
from highly praised teachers such as Ni Wayan Sekariani and I Dewa
Nyoman Irawan. Her extensive dance repertoire includes Gambuh
(the five hundred year old dance theater), Joged Pingitan (the near
extinct solo dance-drama), classic court dances, ancient ritual
dances, mask dances, and dance-dramas. Surapsari also studied
Wayang Kulit (Balinese shadow puppetry) and Kecak (Balinese a
capella; monkey chant chorus). She has been offering lectures
internationally and published My Bali: Memories of the Island of the
God, the book on Balinese dance and culture, in 2005. Furthermore,
Surapsari is a certified teaching artist and has been offering Balinese
performing arts and arts integrated lessons to preK-12 students,
college students, adults, and seniors, including those with disabilities.
Surapsari holds a Master’s degree in intercultural relations from
Lesley University in Massachusetts, USA.
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Indra received a Master’s degree in interdisciplinary
study from Lesley University. A great deal of his
academic work was conducted in Bali and centered on
ethnographic studies, myth, Jungian psychology and
Balinese dance in practice and theory. He studied with
renowned masters of Topeng (mask dance), including
legendary I Made Djimat. He also studied Balinese
dance-rituals with Ida Bagus Alit, the internationally
Purnama Sari (meaning "essence of full moon" in Indonesian) was founded by Surapsari and Indra of Florida, USA. Surapsari and Indra, also long time
residents of Bali, studied traditional Balinese temple dance, theater, and shadow puppetry with internationally acclaimed masters from the villages of
Ubud and Batuan, the arts and cultural centers of Bali. Since its inception in 2000, Purnama Sari has been performing and teaching internationally.
For the Balinese, the full moon is a source of mystical power that helps the divinities to descend to our physical world. Purnama Sari respects their view
and presents dance performances in this spirit.
|"Purnama Sari was absolutely breathtaking! Their presentation was fascinating, executed with both precision and grace, and the costumes
were gorgeous. A true must-see!"
Emily Chalker Lane, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
|Photo courtesy of Tom Kramer
|Photo courtesy of Isaac Frazer