Dear friends and art and culture lovers,
We hereby invite you to join us at Readytex Art Gallery on Saturday November 10th, for a presentation by our guest Walther Tjon Pian Gi, about his photo book Between Heaven and Earth – sacred and ritual dances from Bali. In a presentation which will include photos, videos, and very short dance demonstrations, Walther Tjon Pian Gi will elaborate upon the theme of his photo book about the sacred, ritual and trance dances of Bali, and the context within which they are performed. He combines his in-depth knowledge and experience of 40 years, not in the least as a temple dancer dedicated by the Balinese, with a unique, personal and anthropological way of photographing. He was also given the unique opportunity to take photos in places where outsiders are prohibited from entering. He highlights a fascinating dance world behind which a unique culture is the driving force for its survival despite the eroding forces of mass tourism.
After studying Civil Engineering at TU Delft, Walther Tjon Pian Gi (Paramaribo, 1947) studied modern dance in New York and Balinese dance in Bali. He danced regularly at temple festivals in Bali. He is specialized in Topeng Pajegan, a solo dance drama in which the dancer chooses from approximately 20 masks to tell a story. He was a member of the well-known theatre company Dogtroep in the Netherlands, secretary of the ‘Nederlandse Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten’ and operational/financial director of ‘Multiculturele Televisie Nederland’.
The presentation of Walther Tjon Pian Gi in Readytex Art Gallery on Saturday November 10th starts at 11:00 am. Please join us!