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  • Locations: Bali, Indonesia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-Term Summer Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
HWS Short-Term Summer Faculty-Led Program
The Performing Arts of Bali; 1 Credit
Led by: Chris Hatch



The Performing Arts of Bali will be a three-week intensive exploration into the rich performing arts tradition of Bali, Indonesia. Students will be immersed in various aspects of Balinese performing arts including Dance, Masked Performance, Traditional Instrument Performance, Shadow Puppetry, and Mask Carving.   
Once in Bali, our "classroom" will be an actual professionally operating artistic conservatory where students will be working with, performing with, and surrounded by professional artists of Bali.  Students will be immersed in various aspects of Balinese performing arts including Dance, Masked Performance, Traditional Instrument Performance, Shadow Puppetry, and Mask Carving. Courses will be taught alongside master artists at the Mekar Bhuana Conservatory in Depansar, Bali. This conservatory is also home to numerous antique Balinese instruments including antique gamelan sets.

Studio work will be supplemented with attendance at a number of professional productions of different Balinese performing arts allowing students to see what they are studying at a professional level and allowing them to learn and experience how ingrained the performing arts are in other aspects of Balinese culture. Students will do a final performance for the public in Denpasar, Bali that will serve as a fundraiser for two charitable organizations on the island.

Themes and Focus of the Course:
  • To participate as actively as possible in a variety of performing arts traditions in Bali in a studio setting
  • To explore, experience, and analyze additional performances as an audience member through the viewing of a variety of live professional performances
  • To observe similarities and differences between the U.S. and Bali in the extent to which the arts are ingrained in the culture
  • To develop powers of observation, inquiry, and journal writing
Courses will be taught alongside master artists at the Mekar Bhuana Conservatory in Depansar, Bali. This conservatory will serve us particularly well due to their mission to uphold the ways of traditional Balinese performing arts rather than what is becoming a more tourist-centric morphing of many of the traditional forms.
Faculty Director:
HatchChris Hatch is a professor of Theatre at HWS and has led two previous short-term programs to Bali, Indonesia. Professor Hatch teaches courses in Acting, Shakespearean Performance, and American Culture. His academic interests include theatre and absinthe, Shakespeare, Balinese theatre, Commedia dell'Arte, and mask theatre. He has also directed numerous performances at the Colleges including Macbeth (2017), Boeing Boeing (2017), Twelfth Night (2016), A Streetcar Named Desire (2015), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2013), DNA (2013), and The Game of Love and Chance (2012). Professor Hatch can be contacted at
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Travel Dates: May 20-June 10, 2020 (approximate)

HWS Info Session:
September 17, 2019 7:30pm, Merritt Hall 100

Application Deadline:
Sunday, October 20, 2019 by 11:59pm (Apply online)

Itinerary Highlights:
  • Professional performances which include traditional Balinese meals
  • Visits to important Balinese temples
  • Puppetry, mask performance, and mask carving workshops
  • Creation of a fully-realized final production, including traditional costumes and make-up
  • Viewing of a performance of the Kecak and Fire Dances
  • Instruction from guest artists in partnership with the Mekar Bhuna Conservatory
Note: Itinerary is subject to change. Any changes or additions will be of equal or greater academic value.
Group flights will be arranged by the CGE and accepted students will be notified of the cost and booking info for the flight once it’s available. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase the group flight offered through Advantage Travel. There is an option to have this cost billed to your student account.

Passports and Visas:
All students will need a passport valid until at least 6 months after the return date of this program to participate. Visas are not required unless you are not a U.S. citizen. Non- U.S. citizens should see the CGE about visa requirements as soon as you are accepted into the program.

Bali does not present a noteworthy health risk. Nonetheless, Hepatitis A and typhoid immunizations are recommended for many travelers. Please check the CDC website to read more about the recommendations. If you choose to get immunizations, you can do this at a local medical clinic near your home - use this link to find travel medicine clinics - or possibly with your home doctor or you can contact one of the Passport Health offices in Rochester or Syracuse who provide travel immunizations. Their contact number is: (585) 275-8884.
For more information regarding this course, contact Professor Hatch by emailing

Course Pre-requisities:
All accepted students will be required to attend a handful (4-5) of mandatory group meetings during the Spring 2020 semester. Students will read and discuss Balinese Dance, Drama and Music: A Guide to the Performing Arts of Bali by I Wayan Dibia and Rucina Ballinger. We will also discuss basic information about traveling to Bali and do some introductory artistic explorations together.
It is also highly recommended that before participating in this program students take at least one introductory studio course on campus in a performing art - such as a beginning acting class or dance class or a class where you are making music.  If this is not a possibility, particular courses in Religious Studies or Asian Studies could be helpful. See Professor Hatch if you would like him to suggest a relevant course.

Qualified first-years, sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors may apply. First-years, sophomores and juniors will have priority and seniors will be admitted on a space-available basis.

GPA Requirement:
Students applying for this program should have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA. First-year students and transfer students in their first semester at HWS will typically be waitlisted until fall semester grades can be reviewed. Depending on the number of available spaces in the program, first-years and transfers with strong applications and references may be given a conditional offer based on achieving at least a 2.5 GPA in the fall semester.

Program Fees:
Bali program fees will be approximately $2,800-$3,000* for the 3-week program, which will cover tuition, accommodation, breakfast daily, some dinners, entrance fees, day trips and excursions, and international health insurance.

Students will need to budget an extra $250 (25-35 meals at approximately $8-10 per meal) above and beyond the program costs for the lunches and dinners not included. Students will also need to budget for round-trip airfare at approximately $1,400 - $1,600, books at $25, and a non-refundable administrative fee of $100 charged for all short-term programs. The administrative fee will show up as a separate charge (separate from the program fee) billed to your student account.

*Costs are subject to change based on currency fluctuations, changes in costs of services provided, and the number of confirmed participants in the program.
A limited pool of HWS short-term program funding is available to assist students seeking to participate in CGE summer or J-term programs. Those wishing to apply for financial assistance may do so as part of their program application. Funding will be allocated on a need basis and student financial aid and conduct records will be reviewed in making funding decisions. We will let you know whether you have been awarded funding before the deadline by which you are required to put down a deposit to hold your place in the program.

Payment Schedule and Program Timeline:
After applying and being accepted to the program, students will need to make a $500 deposit in person to the Student Accounts Office in Demarest Hall to hold their place in this program. This amount will be credited to your student account and will be applied to the cost of the program.
 Application Deadline  DUE: Oct 20, 2019  11:59pm online
 Decision Date  By Nov 15, 2019  
 Funding Decisions   By Nov 22, 2019  
 Deposit Deadline  DUE: Dec 10, 2019  $500.00
 Program Billing Date  By Mar 1, 2020  Balance charged to student account
 Final Payment  DUE: Apr 10, 2020  Remaining balance due

*Please note: Students must make the initial non-refundable deposit to Student Accounts in Demarest Hall. Program fees for the remainder (lump sum) of program will be automatically billed to the student accounts separately.

Cancellation Policy:
The initial $500 deposit is non-refundable. Students will be responsible for additional expenses beyond the $500 if they withdraw from the program while it is in progress or 90 days or less before the program begins. Specifically, students will be held accountable for any expenditures made by HWS on their behalf that the CGE is unable to recoup from any untimely withdrawal, such as housing deposits, non-refundable hotel reservations, excursion deposits, etc.

Questions? If you have questions about this program, please contact the Center for Global Education at 315-781-3307 or


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.