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JULY 31

In Bali, art, music, dance, and religion are intertwined and ubiquitous, not segregated from daily life. Traditional dances are precise but abrupt, mirroring the sudden tempo and volume shifts of the accompanying gamelan (tuned-percussion orchestra) music, and without the flowing athleticism of Western ballet. Most tell stories, usually derived from the great texts of Hinduism. Among the more challenging are mask dances such as the Topeng Tua, in which dancers take the role of creaky old men, or the Jauk, in which they impersonate evil demons. Since their faces are covered, the dancers must convey the character’s essence entirely with movement. In this performance, Nyoman Suadin and Wayan D. Rachman demonstrate the style. At 7 p.m. at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Pavilion, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-3200. (Mark Jenkins)