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  • Locations: Bali, Indonesia
  • Program Terms: Travel Sem- January
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA:
Departmental Approval: Music Language Requirement: No
Credit Type: Skidmore Credit Non-Skidmore Student: Yes
Program Description:
Music, dance, theater, and visual arts are ubiquitous in Bali, where artistic production is far out of proportion to the size and populbali twoation of the island. One of some 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is a place of dualism—suka and duka (the good and the bad), black and white, up and down—all contributing to a greater cosmic balance. Though Indonesia is the largest Muslim-majority country in the world, most Balinese practice Agama Hindu Dharma, a syncretic blend of Hinduism, Buddhism, and animism that requires performing and visual arts for the successful completion of the thousands of ceremonies undertaken each year. The unique history and culture of Bali are best understood through the arts, which connect past to present, self to community, and religion to reality.

Students and faculty will live in the Tangkas family compound in Bangah, a small village in central Bali. The daily class schedule will include lectures and discussion of readings on Balinese history, culture, arts, and environment. It will also include practical instruction in traditional music, dance, painting, and woodcarving, in conjunction with Sanggar Manik Galih, the music and dance studio housed in the compound. Students will experience Balinese arts and culture through participation in daily life, attendance at a wide range of performances, and lecture-demonstrations by a variety of artists and craftsmen. The studio has been outfitted with a gamelan angklung, gamelan gong kebyar, gamelan gender wayang, gamelan balaganjar, and gamelan joged bumbung for course use.

Lectures and discussions will address issues of colonialism, tourism, the environment, globalization, and modernization as they relate to Balinese culture, Balinese arts, and the island itself. All coursework provides a framework for better understanding the island’s reliance on the arts and their close relationship with Balinese culture and religion.

Elizabeth Macy is a Skidmore visiting assistant professor who teaches courses in ethnomusicology. She holds a B.A. in music from Colorado College, an M.A. in music from UCRiverside, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA. Her primary research addresses the function of music tourism in post-disaster economies, with a particular focus on music tourism in the recovery and rebuilding of post-Katrina New Orleans and of Bali after the 2002 and 2005 terrorist bombings. She previously taught courses in Bali through Colorado College, conducted extensive research around the island, and is a founding member of the Sanggar Manik Galih music and dance studio in central Bali.
On-campus prerequisite for travel seminar: one mandatory two-hour class session. The meeting will be scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on an evening in November to review and discuss readings, travel seminar details, etc.
Post-seminar: two meetings and a short performance, upon our return from Bali.
The anticipated fee for the seminar, $4,750 (subject to fluctuation), includes Skidmore tuition, round-trip airfare between NYC-area airport and Bali, ground transportation for program excursions, on-site accommodations (generally double occupancy), meals, international medical insurance, entrance fees, local guides, cultural excursions, Skidmore faculty on site, and OCSE support. Transportation to and from New York City is not included; however, group transportation back to campus from the airport will be made available. Also not included in the fee are passport, visa costs, and personal expenses.
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