PENASAR EMBRYO

EMBRYO, Lodthonduh/Malmö 2015. A collaboration with Robert Bolin during our stay at the Theater Work Center, Lodthonduh, led to the gradual learning, and then gradual development of our own enthusiastic rendering, of the traditional Balinese dance Penasar. Focused on topics…

PENASAR EMBRYO

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EMBRYO, Lodthonduh/Malmö 2015. A collaboration with Robert Bolin during our stay at the Theater Work Center, Lodthonduh, led to the gradual learning, and then gradual development of our own enthusiastic rendering, of the traditional Balinese dance Penasar. Focused on topics of presence and lightness as a way to approach the Balinese notion of Taksu, this minimalistic variation of the traditional Penasar, manifested as an Embryo to the attempted birth, of a new kind of performance art as lecture-and-dance. At our reunion in Sweden later that year, we presented this Embryo during a visit at the Sisters Academy, during a cozy morning-gathering. The traditional Penasar is the dance of the Balinese royal jester – overlapping with the role of the clown. Our teacher of the Penasar, was Ida Bagus Alit, in collaboration with Per Brahe. Balinese dance in general, is based on the energies inherent in the human body, in holistic relation with the Balinese mythological universe as much as with the personal, psycho-physical universe, of the dancer. It can be understood as an intricate choreography of mudras, in a ceremonial, partly improvised presentation of a specific character, which is also an aspect of the psyche of the performer. The work with this, has the effect of opening up, integrating and expanding the physical and mental liberty of the performer, releasing contraction, increasing inspiration. The Embryo was a welcome outcrop of my fourth journey to Bali, and became an aspect of the Taksu-project as a whole. Filmed by Jonas Bræmer-Jensen and Simon Anker Larsen. Edited by Laura Konti. Produced, conceived and owned by Peter Tommila

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