Twisting the art of dance

Like a father, like son. The artistic blood that flows through Made Musium, a mask craftsman in Gianyar Bali, also flows to his son, Komang Adi Pranata who was a skilled choreographer and dancer. Not only supporting each other in terms of work, this father and son together built the Manubada community, a strong and resilient community of arts workers.

Making masks since 1963, Made Musium motivated his children to pursue dancing. “At first I was reluctant, but this happened because of my father’s encouragement. I tried taking part in a dance class at the studio. Unfortunately, it turned out that I found my passion there. Even then, Komang fell in love with choreography and created lots of dances.

“I traveled around villages in Bali and went into the community to extend the character of the community. It was the beginning where I can make dances, both for festivals, village mascot dance, and dance of greatness, “said Komang when We Love with Love team visited. In 2013, Komang started to build a dance community, he felt sure that the community would be great as long as the members were consistent in working.

“We started with no capital. There are no funds to make costumes or create fancy works. ” At that time, Made Musium, who was very supportive of Komang’s intention, gave his mask creation for his son to wear. Since then, the mask seems to suitable with the Manubada dance. “The mask has become our identity today,” said Komang.

Suddenly, pandemic hit and made Komang felt confused and stressed. Due to all scheduled performances at the annual event were canceled. “However, the community and I feel that we have to keep fighting. We started to collaborate with friends from the visual arts to create virtual dances that had never existed before in Bali. Without a conventional stage, we don’t lose our minds. We still could dance on the beach and forest. Our dances are posted on Instagram. It turned out that quite a lot of people watched. The government also appreciates and provides funds”.

Komang admitted that the funds were used up only for dance production costs, recording and virtual viewing. However, Komang is optimistic that at least he and his community can continue to work in this current situation. He welcomes every offer of virtual dance performances.

“We can produce performances for 7-20 minutes with 5 to 7 dancers for 10-15 million Rupiah. But, that fee did not conquer the cost for doing live streaming”, he said. For those of you who long to watch Balinese dances and encourage the existence of art workers, you can support through We Love With Love team by providing funds or request virtual dance shows to Komang Adi and the Manubada Community.