The XLIII Bali Arts Festival (PKB) will be opened by President Joko Widodo today, Saturday (12/6). Before the pandemic, the PKB event began with an offline opening parade in front of the Bali People’s Struggle Museum (Bajra Sandhi), Renon, but for the 2021 celebration, it begins with Peed Aya which is presented virtual or online. “Peed Aya appeared in the Perda to replace the term march. If it is not during the pandemic, then the PKB parade will be held as usual. Now, with this situation, the Curator Team and the Creative Team conditioned the parade virtually, recorded while still prioritizing the concept of the parade,” said the Curator Team, I Gde Nala Antara during the PKB opening rehearsal, Friday (11/6).
The Peed Aya concept raises the hallmark of excellence in arts and culture in each district and city in Bali. Initially, the peed concept lasted 30 minutes, but because it will be opened by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, it is shortened by keeping the main theme, namely Wana Kertih. “Peed Aya virtually illustrates the concept of Wana Kerthi with the title “Pretiti”. The concept of prestige in Bali, from beginning to end how we glorify the forest. With that concept, prioritizing the potential of cultural arts in each district and city which has been worked on for almost 3 months,” he explained.
The material and form, it is different from the previous parade. This parade was directly recorded in the real world in the district according to the initial concept. The location chose potential places, such as in Gianyar, Bangli, Karangasem and others with the concept of “ngider bhuana”. The choice of location in the real world at the same time illustrates how the forests in Bali are still being glorified. “Peed Aya still depicts a parade, but its location in the open with the concept of Wana Kerthi with the message glorifying trees or forests,” he explained.
Nala Antara said that peeding does not have to be done on the highway. Can also take in nature, as the Balinese concept of eating trees as a source of life. Take, for example, using the jaka tree (enao). It is a forest plant that is rarely grown for business purposes, but now it can create wealth that can be taken from the wine, the wine, in addition to being used for ceremonies. “Therefore, almost everything that is displayed has natural ingredients, for example from bamboo being wormed into this socialization as well as public education for the use of trees,” he said.
The concept of the work, Kadek Wahyudita said, Peed Aya began with taking pictures in a number of locations involving a number of studios and the art community. Taking pictures, starting from Campuhan Ubud Hill, Besakih Karangasem Temple, Penglipuran Bangli Village, Gianyar Mountain Area and Kanto Lampo Waterfall Beng Gianyar Village from 9 May to 17 May 2021. “Peed Aya is in the form of a video, not a documentary presentation. The video is packaged by combining several cinematographic techniques, so that it becomes a video art presentation,” he explained.
Peed Aya is one of the main topics of this year’s PKB whose work is adapted to the theme “Pratiti Wana Kerthi” which means glorifying trees, building symphonies, harmony in the universe leading to a prosperous life with a perfect soul. Based on the title, the Peed Aya menu is divided into several concepts by taking location settings in several different places. The supporters are the Gumiart Art Studio, Gita Semara Studio, Palawara Studio, Bali Pixelart Community and Sama Kaki Community. “The selection of the shooting location is in accordance with the needs of the concept, as well as to promote the existence of the object to the public,” he added
The criteria for selecting objects include adjusting to the concept of cultivation, such as the Tri Mandala concept, namely the forest represents the unsavory mandala, the community village represents the middle mandala, and the sacred place represents the main mandala. The choice of the place is also to adjust to the theme of PKB XLIII in 2021, namely Purna Jiwa, “Prananing Wana Kerthi”, the complete soul of the breath of the tree of life. Therefore, the selection of Peed Aya’s background is dominated by the forest.
Dance cultivator, I Gede Gusman Adi Gunawan, accompanied by accompaniment cultivator Ary Palawara, revealed that each potential location selected displays a variety of peed patterns. Starting from the gebogan model, there are flower gebogan, fruit gebogan, then clothing from various classical Balinese fabrics with distinctive patterns such as Balinese songket, Geringsing cloth and so on. There are challenges in working on peed off this stage. We’re really betting on time and weather. So sometimes at 5 o’clock in the morning there is already a location, “he said.
Peed Aya, who was supported by 100 dancers, in his presentation presented various arts, culture and customs of the Balinese people and adjusted to the location, so that the art presentation became more appropriate and matched the PKB theme. The material in the form of gebogan flowers and tedung agung took place at Campuhan Hill, Gianyar. The peed concept in this section describes the beauty and majesty of the wana (forest) which is the source of life for the community. Gamelan as accompaniment uses the Balaganjur Bebonangan gamelan
Peed Aya with the material of gebogan fruit and part of it also took place in Penglipuran Village, Bangli. In this traditional village, the peed concept presents an image, that trees provide a blessing as a source of food for Balinese human life. Meanwhile, Peed Aya at Jaba Pura Besakih presents the concepts of Rerejangan and Baris Tedung which are created using coconut leaves. In this section, we describe forest products that are usually used as offerings for the universe.
At one of the unique sites that was also exposed as a shooting location for Peed Aya, namely at Gunung Kawi Temple, which is located in Tampaksiring Village. On this site, Peed Aya’s material is in the form of masks and trees depicting trees providing knowledge for mankind about adab and the sacredness of the soul. In the work of Peed Aya, it also presents the myth of the birth of Kalpataru which is packaged with environmental choreography, so that it takes place in Kantolampo Waterfall, Beng Gianyar Village and Gunung Kawi Temple River, Gianyar Regency. (BTN/bud)