24 August 2013

Secret Balinese dances in Ubud

In a secret location well away from the bright lights of Ubud, a group of special guests were treated to the grand rehearsal of an event that will be seen by millions of viewers around the world in September.

Under the art direction of Indonesia’s most famous haute-couture designer, musician, philosopher and artist, Harry Darsono and director, Nyoman Budiartha, chairman of the conservatory and Tri Pusaka Cakti arts foundation, a series of Balinese ballet and musical performances underwent a few last tweaks ahead of opening in three world-class Bali events slated for September and October.

The troupe will perform during the inaugural international Lion’s Club ANZI Pacific Forum, followed soon after by performances during the first ever Miss World competition in Southeast Asia, to be held in Bali and Jakarta in late September, then a further performance for the opening of the APEC Summit in early October, probably attended again by Obama and Poetin.

As Indonesia’s foremost haute-couture designer, Darsono, who has crafted gowns for leading French fashion houses including Oscar de la Renta and Lanvin, has created the costumes and imagery for the production.
This extraordinary man, who has created gowns for Miss World contestants from Indonesia, England, Turkey, Norway, Wales and China, is clearly excited to be working with the Tri Pusaka Cakti troupe under the direction of Nyoman Budiartha.

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