29th 2010 the biggest indoor extravaganza ever staged in Bali is having
a premiere at the Bali Theatre. The event is officially opened by the
chief Gianyar Region, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukarwati together with
the Executive Producer of the show, Hans Manansang. The date marks both
the inauguration of a permanent cultural extravaganza and the opening of
Indonesia’s largest state-of-the-art performance venue.
Agung - The Legend of Balinese Goddesses”, features a cast of 150
people, 40 puppets and more than 30 animals, including ten elephants-
all sharing a huge 80 by 40 meter stage.
Manansang says “… Our vision was to create a story of epic proportions
that captures the true essence of Bali, presenting an evolution in the
perspective of Balinese culture. The Show is also part of our
commitment to the conservation of Bali’s unique culture”.
Agung’ is the result of a fantastic cultural collaboration between
talented Balinese artists and a world- renowned production and creative
team from Australia. The Director, Composer and Production Designer
bring to the production impressive theatrical credentials that include
large scale celebration productions at the Sydney and Doha Olympics,
Asian Games. A long standing professional and admiration between the
show’s creative director, Peter J. Wilson and the show’s artistic
director Balinese puppet master, I Made Sidia, has resulted in a piece
of theatre that will form a permanent part of Bali’s cultural legacy.
artistic director is internationally acclaimed Bali puppet artist, I
Made Sidia, who believes that the Bali Agung production will be the most
elaborate cultural show ever performed in Indonesia. “I’ve seen many
theatrical shows around the world and most of them have been great, but
this one will stand out in terms of concept and philosophy,” he said.
Director Peter J Wilson that collaborates with him said that “This
enhances the production without downplaying the talents and historic
story telling ability offered by the Balinese. “The cultural heritage
remains intact,” Peter emphasized.