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“Brilliant…stunning…superbly coordinated… compelling.” —L.A. Times


Inspired by Bali’s timeless cycles of ceremony and ritual, Odalan Bali illustrates through music and movement the creative life force of the Balinese Temple Festival. From the clamor of villagers working at dawn to the calm of prayer and worship, from the meditative resonance of voice and flutes to the virtuosic dances for which Bali is famous, this evening-length work traces the life of a ceremony from the awakening of the ritual site, to purification, and finally to spiritual union. Odalan Bali speaks to the

enduring strength of Balinese culture.

Cudamani is proud to perform the choreographic work of I Nyoman Cerita. Under the auspices of the World Music Institute, the 25-member ensemble’s UCLA Royce Hall performance launches a six-week USA tour. The Savannah Music Festival has commissioned a portion of the music.

About the Ticket Supplier: Foundation for World Arts

The World Festival of Sacred Music is a sixteen-day celebration of the rich sacred music traditions of the people of Los Angeles, with musical events produced in venues ranging from the city's major stages to intimate places of worship. Recognizing music as an expression of humanity's most profound aspirations and as a way to transcend borders of all kinds-linguistic, national, cultural, ideological, racial and religious- the festival is the result of an outpouring of interest and enthusiasm from community partners and artists who participated in the the Festival in 1999 and 2002.

Broadly defining "sacred" to encompass a wide range of musical forms, this intercultural, interfaith, interethnic collaborative effort is founded on the belief that sacred music has the ability to bring forth shared human values on which humanity's future depends: peace, understanding and respect for all living things.

The World Festival of Sacred Music is not a commercial venture, nor does it promote or endorse any political or religious agenda. Rather, the festival provides a rare opportunity for people to come together to share cultural traditions; to contemplate the spiritual, ethical and ecological questions of our times; and to investigate issues of tolerance and diversity within our complex, urban environment.

A largely volunteer effort, based on the intention to utilize the arts festival model to build genuine community cooperation and understanding, the World Festival of Sacred Music is presented by UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance, EarthWays Foundation, and the Foundation for World Arts.