Bali mini-term combines art and culture

For three intensive weeks, 16 students were immersed in Balinese culture, studying with masters of traditional performing arts in gamelan (an orchestra of gongs and xylophones) and dance.
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Bali mini-term combines art and culture


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For three intensive weeks, 16 students were immersed in Balinese culture, studying with masters of traditional performing arts in gamelan (an orchestra of gongs and xylophones) and dance. 

In addition to attending music, theater, dance and shadow puppet productions, the students on this Indonesian mini-term put on their own performance in full costume and makeup for a local audience. Living in a small village next to the Monkey Forest in Nyuh Kuning, they also visited temples, and witnessed ritual celebrations and ceremonies, including a royal cremation.

“Everything in Bali was an adventure, whether we were moving trees from the road, pulling monkeys off our backpacks or chasing after a ceremonial procession in our temple clothes,” said Carly Cherches ’19, a bioengineering major who is minoring in dance.

“The people of Bali welcomed us with open arms, reminding us about friendship and the importance of community,” said Michael Froman ’17, an economics major with a minor in math. 

Other participants included Carly Bayroff ’18, Lindsey Collins ’18, Joshua Freilich ’18, Sean Glennon’18, Michael Gray ’18, Julia Greene ’19, Mark Hilbert’17, Jenny McQuaide ’18, Elisabeth Palmieri ’18, Kayla Ryterband ’18, Cyrus Shahgholi ’18, Shannon West ’19, Meridith Westover ’18 and Yawen (Padma) Yang ’18.

The program was led by Miryam Moutillet, Dance Program director and senior artist-in-residence in Theater and Dance.

Union offers 20 mini-terms that run for three weeks during winter and summer breaks. The type and number of mini-terms vary from year to year and include several domestic terms.

Other 2016 winter mini-terms included Argentina, Egypt, Community Service, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain (Cordoba). Eight students participated in the Klemm Fellow Internship, which took them to Cambodia, Ghana, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo and South Africa.

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