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Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
This paper explores notions of hybridity within an intercultural large-scale show in Bali, including levels of innovation, synthesized processes, scenery and safety considerations. As the original stage manager, I will discuss the mounting of the show from a technical production perspective, giving attention to the use and management of the stage space and its supporting environments. The focus is on hybridity in the context of the term ‘syncretic theatre’, which “integrates performance elements of different cultures into a form that aims to retain the cultural integrity of the specific materials used while forging new texts and theatre practices” (Lo & Gilbert, 2002, pp. 35-36). While the content and form of intercultural performance has been viewed through the lens of hybridity, the backstage management aspects have not been considered within this rubric to the same extent. This paper explores how innovation, negotiation and adaptation created a hybrid organisational entity during the production processes of Bali Agung, a Balinese legend performed by Indonesian artists on an ‘international’ style mega-stage.
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