Nyepi

 

 

 

 

Experience Bali’s unique New Year, the most important Holy day of the Hindu Bali Calendar.

Tango Guesthouse Casa Artista invites you to a weekend with Carnival and Tango, Silence and Conciousness.

Join us for a weekend getaway enriched with culture, pleasure and reflection.

 

Tursday 22:

airport pick up, check in ,welcome drink, Ogoh ogoh sightseeing trip, Welcome dinner and Milonga

 

Friday 23:

Breakfast, Beginner -Improver class(Ogie Mendoza) , Technic class ( Stefani K), Private lessons (optional)

Film evening and balinese dinner

 

Saturday 24:

Breakfast, Beginner-Improver class( Ogie Mendoza)

Technic class ( Stefani K), Private lessons ( optional), Sightseeing/shopping (optional), Farewell dinner and Milonga

 

Sunday, 25:

Breakfast, Sightseeing/shopping (optional), check out, airport transfer

www.casaartistabali.com

 

 

 

  • From the religious and philosophy point of view, Nyepi is meant to be a day of self introspection to decide on values, eg humanity, love, patience, kindness, etc., that should kept forever. Balinese Hindus have many kind of celebrations (some sacred days) but Nyepi is, perhaps the most important of the island's religious days and the prohibitions are taken seriously. Hotels are exempt from Nyepi's rigorous practices but streets outside will be closed to both pedestrians and vehicles (except for airport shuttles or emergency vehicles) and village wardens (Pecalang) will be posted to keep people off the beach. So wherever you happen to be staying on Nyepi Day in Bali, this will be a good day to spend indoors. Indeed Nyepi day has made Bali a unique island.

    • (the day before Nyepi)
      Exactly one day before Nyepi, all villages in Bali hold a large exorcism ceremony at the main village cross road, the meeting place of demons. They usually make Ogoh-ogoh (the fantastic monsters or evil spirits or the Butha Kala made of bamboo) for carnival purposes. The Ogoh-ogoh monsters symbolize the evil spirits surrounding our environment which have to be got rid of from our lives . The carnivals themselves are held all over Bali following sunset. Bleganjur, a Balinese gamelan music accompanies the procession. Some are giants taken from classical Balinese lore. All have fangs, bulging eyes and scary hair and are illuminated by torches.The procession is usually organised by the Seka Teruna, the youth organisation of Banjar. When Ogoh-ogoh is being played by the Seka Teruna, everyone enjoys the carnival. In order to make a harmonic relation between human being and God, human and human, and human and their environments, Tawur Kesanga is performed in every level of society, from the people's house. In the evening, the Hindus celebrating Ngerupuk, start making noises and light burning torches and set fire to the Ogoh-ogoh in order to get the Bhuta Kala, evil spirits, out of our lives.
    • Nyepi
    • On Nyepi day itself, every street is quiet - there are nobody doing their normal daily activities. There is usually Pecalangs (traditional Balinese security man) who controls and checks for street security. Pecalang wear a black uniform and a Udeng or Destar (a Balinese traditional "hat" that is usually used in ceremony). The Pecalangs main task is not only to control the security of the street but also to stop any activities that disturb Nyepi. No traffic is allowed, not only cars but also people, who have to stay in their own houses. Light is kept to a minimum or not at all, the radio or TV is turned down and, of course, no one works. Even love making, this ultimate activity of all leisure times, is not supposed to take place, nor even attempted. The whole day is simply filled with the barking of a few dogs, the shrill of insect and is a simple long quiet day in the calendar of this otherwise hectic island. On Nyepi the world expected to be clean and everything starts anew, with Man showing his symbolic control over himself and the "force" of the World, hence the mandatory religious control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regular events:

Latin Night Milonga for our guests and friends. Please join us for a drink and release all stress with a dance with our in house dancers...

every friday starts 9 pm.

 

Valentine Celebration on Feb 17, 8pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tangoescape with Mauro Caiazza

 

Monthly Zodiac Cocktail party finds place at Casa Artista

November 11th Scorpio

 

October 8th Libra

 

ZODIAC PARTY September 10th Virgo

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casa Artista is hosting regularly special Tango events of Tango Bali Club

 

for the continued promotion of Argentine Tango in the Asia-Pacific region we invite tango lovers/enthusiasts/aficionados to join our tango events: Milongas, workshops, performances and private coaching with the masters.

Come and discover the progress we have made, explore the beauty and magnificence of Bali from the dance floor to its exotic beaches and lush green mountains.

Tango Bali Club is holding a regular Milonga at Casa Artista

Every Thursday starts 9.30 we host a Latin Night Milonga at the Lobby of Casa Artista

 

fee: 100.000/person including vegetarian Dinner and free flow of ice water

 

Tango Bali Club

 

 

 

 

14 days with Mauro Caiazza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TANGOXPOSED BALI 2009

Tangoxposed Bali 2009

TANGOXPOSED BALI 2009

 

Tango Bali Club

"exposing the many facets of the Argentine tango"

Setting the pace for tango promotion in Asia, TANGOXPOSED ended with another bang as it wrapped-up its recently concluded festival in Bali last November 12-15. Attended by over 100 participants both local and overseas, the event was teeming with so much energy during the entire course of it's 4-day run.

From the upbeat Welcome Milonga to the arty & sophisticated art exhibition to the elegant gala dinner culminating in the festive farewell, TANGOXPOSED lived up to expectations as in years past. It just keeps getting better every year. No doubt that it has become Asia's much awaited tango event.

The 4-day event was packed with a full program that included a mini-tango championship which was won by Gennysam & Lily from Singapore as well as intensive workshops and beautiful performances by our rising stars MAXIMILLIANO PARADISO & YUKAKO HAYASHI and featured stars CECILIA GONZALEZ & SOMER SURGIT.

Guest visual artists for the Art Exhibition included Mina Kici from Dubai (painting), Stella Prasetya from Bandung (painting), Kim Dy-Liacco from Singapore (photography) and Stefani K (painting).

It was held at the Sunset Village which was converted into a tango city adorned with TANGOXPOSED banners that covered the whole stretch of the estate. It houses Art Cafe, Casa Artista & the Exhibition Hall where all the events were held.

The food was excellent. The crowd was great. The energy was high. The presentation was near perfect. The venue was superb. Attributes that best describe TANGOXPOSED year after year.

Art Cafe & Casa Artista kitchen provided the sumptuous buffet spread throughout the whole event. (www.iloveartcafe.com/www.casartistabali.com).

TANGOXPOSED BALI 2009 was a collaboration of Tango Oriental headed by Ogie Mendoza together with Tango Bali founded by Stefani K. supported by the Embassy of Argentina, Indonesia under his excellency Javier Sanz de Urquiza.

This years sponsors & donors are: Bir Bintang/Heineken, Jamu Traditional , Bali Soap, Jenggala Ceramic, Artique Handicraft/Prasetya. Media Partners: Tatler Indonesia, YAK & NOW magazines. Accommodation partners: Casa Artista, Villa Kresna, Sunset Village, Sarinande, Elysian & Seminyak suites.

 

 

 

 

WEEK-END WITH TAMARA & DAVID

Weekend with Tamara and David

WEEK-END WITH TAMARA & DAVID

Our July presentation started as usual with our regular Thursday Milonga in Cafe Bali where Tamara and David gave a short presentation of their craft. Rob from Australia , Lola, Joel & wife and daughter and Matthew joined our circle.

The Welcome Milonga for Tamara and David as well as for our weekend guest tangueros Glen and Jacky from Adelaide, Matt from Seattle was attending with Mina from Japan , Suzanne and Hamid from New York found place on Friday with a tasty Buffet in our private garden setting of Casa Arista. Unexpected tangueros who found their way to us, Thomas from Germany with girlfriend Vita from Jakarta.Very, very unexpected Paul Oen who used to be our student in Jakarta but has now moved to Bali . He actually visited art cafe where he attended a Jazz night. At Art cafe he found our tango flyer ,thus he found his way to Casa Artista.

Teo was there and Matthew Ferrol brought Liza from France .We danced and talked according to our motto Talk'nTango. David and Hamid discovered their passion in common : soccer ! It happened that they discussed strategies and players form different teams until late in the night...

Next Morning all students were in full attendance on the parquet for Our first WS: Tango elegance :Giro's and turns, followed by WS" Boleos .Quite a challenge for most of us. Very good Tami's tip for the Kick: this was even new for me to understand.

The tango night was real fun . Pablo and my son Julian were busy preparing a real argentinean Asado, fantastic steaks and chorizos were grilled. Argentinean contingent around Marcel and Pablo attended the evening. Casa's delicious home cooking was well presented by our kitchen staff.

Longtime tanguero Gianfranco, Swiss Christine and daughter Mei Lin were seen .Wai Ching came from Ubud. Mimi , Teo , Allison & Pablo from Tango Bali . My daughter Aylin and nice Ingrid had fun dancing Salsa in between as some other guests were in attendance.

The show was brilliant, Tamara and David got huge applause, from the Argentine contingent specially. A vibrant party ending with salsa and disco has everybody having great fun.

Next day, Ingrid and Mimi and Aylin were seen in the workshops Milonga and Vals. The theme was brilliantly presented by David and Tamara with ease and typical latino humor.

After the workshops and a short break we met all for a short sunset Milonga on the beach in front of Gado Gado . The sand felt nicely and soft for our swollen feet .

Except for , our Tanguero from Seattle who has a never ending dancing energy , we were all tired of tangoing .

As a very nice closing to our event we took a drink at the prestigious Gado Gado restaurant in beautiful beachfront setting and chatting and having fun before we called it a day.

From now on, we shall make this beach Milonguita and a drink at Gado Gado a regular closing program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 DAys with Maxim Gytano Paradiso

10 DAys with Maxim Gytano Paradiso


 

 

 

 

 

 

The 4th Annual Tango Bali festival 4-7 June 2009

The 4th Annual Tango Bali festival 4-7 June 2009

The 4th Annual Tango Bali festival 4-7 June 2009


proved to be another feather on the cap of Tango Bali Club founded by Stefani K. The 4-day event was well-attended by local and visiting tangueros alike. Guests from Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and from as afar as Europe were all there to join in the revelry. Of course not to be missed out were the 6 invited masters/teachers from Buenos aires headed by Roberto Reis-Natalia Lavandeira, Francisco Forquera-Carolina Bonaventura, Arturo Gutierrez-Ana Wertheimer who did a great job with their superb performance and quality of teaching.

The first night saw a vibrant welcome milonga held at the Bali Cafe where maestro Roberto Reis together with Natalia did a performance. Some 50 people came for the event and saw Bali Cafe teeming with tangeuros all throughout the evening. It was an indication that the festival was headed to success.

The Masquerade Ball took place the following day. This is Tango Bali's signature celebration of its founding four years ago. Everyone who attended were all dressed with their fabulous costumes and masks. Of course the night won't be over without choosing a winner as in past celebrations. Kenny from the UK who was donned in a China man outfit ran away with the grand prize of Rp 1,000,000. for best costume followed by Marvin from the Philippines who was dressed in drag. But no drag queen for sure. Michael, from Germany romp away with the third spot who was donned as "Aladin". Everyone partied till 2 in the morning. this masquerade ball was one of the best in recent years and was held at the beautiful Casa Artista.

The Gala night took place at Art Cafe on Saturday, the last day of the celebration. A special buffet spread of western and Indonesian delicacies were prepared by Aylin Kanginnadhi who owns and operates Art Cafe.. Everyone was satisfied with the food that was served. At 9:30 pm guests were seen headed to Casa Artista, a 2-minute walk from the restaurant where the show was about to take place.

Casa Artista was transformed instantly into a mini theatre. The lobby was turned into a stage with black satin curtains as back-drop. The courtyard was filled with seats beautifully arranged and swathed with white cover and red satin bow to accentuate.

Guests started pouring in and by 10:30 pm the show started. All three couples gave their best shot, it being the last show of their 5 city-tour of Southeast Asia which brought them to Brunei, Singapore, Manila, Jakarta and finally Bali. Casa Artista was captured in one of its best shots as it staged this show in theatre-like fashion. Everyone who came to see the show were satisfied. In fact, it was one of the best shows Tango Bali has presented.

Workshops from Friday till Sunday were great as all six teachers were hands-on attending to the students' needs.

Tango Bali festivals should not be missed.

See you again next year for our next presentation.

 

 

 

 

Ana & Arturo in April 09


 

Ana & Arturo in April 09

Ana & Arturo in April 09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shastro & Maria in March 09


 

Shastro & Maria in March 09

Shastro & Maria in March 09

the initial presentation of Tango Bali Club - Casa Artista's "Special Tango Week-end" drew favorable response from its club members and visiting tangueros, making the event a remarkable success. Shastro & Maria came out as great teachers with their full mastery of the milonguero style. Their methodical approach to teaching and discussing the elements involved in the 6-hour workshop made it easier for students to understand the finer points of walking, connection, timing and musicality and the embrace. It was refreshing specially for the intermediate/advanced students to once again be re-introduced to the basic understanding of Tango.

The welcome and farewell milongas were warmly received by the participants. Guests were treated to two fantastic dinners tendered in typical Bali fashion. Everyone enjoyed the Tango ambience which made it easier for participants to relate to one another in pursuit of their passion.

Casa Artista's "Special Tango Week-end" has indeed made it happen. Tango in Bali will never be the same again.

 

 

 

 

 

Casa Artista Grand Opening Nov. 29, 2009

Casa Artista Grand Opening Nov. 29, 2009

Casa Artista Grand Opening Nov. 29, 2009

The grand opening of Casa Artista, this magnificent masterpiece brought to fruition by Tango Bali founder Stefani K.. gave no less than international Tango stars Laila Rezk and Leandro Oliver in one unforgettable evening of pure Tango magic. The affair was even made top notch with the attendance of Ambassador Javier Sanz de Urquiza, the Argentinean ambassador to Indonesia and Bali's top commander-in-chief Panglima KODAM.

Guests from around the region and residents alike mingled with one another in the sprawling courtyard decorated with nice beautiful table set-up amidst the backdrop of an Olympic-sized swimming pool and balcony with a grand art deco design to greet owner, Stefani K. for a wonderful achievement.

The event has all the elements of class and sophistication. Kudos to Stefani's lovely daughter, Aylin, who helped in setting up with the physical arrangement. An artist herself like her mom, Aylin, did a wonderful job in bringing about the artistic aspect of organization.

Spotted in the crowd were Brazilian plastic surgeon Dr, Marco, who came all the way from Singapore with five other friends. They came to attend the festivities and joined the workshops conducted by Laila and Leandro. The Tango Bali Club members came in full force headed by Gianfranco Boca with erstwhile partner Anton,. Husband and wife Peter and Galina Brouwer were seen as well. Great to see Peter back in top shape.! Pablo Filomena joined Stefani at the presidential table where they entertained Ambassador de Uruqiza and the couple dancers. Anama Salsman, came with an invited friend ditto with Mimi Ingkirawang and Iris Patrizia who joined other TBC members, David and Maria, Ana Macy and Doug Macy, Nigel and Kathy, Doris, Sabine Kauffman, Bridgette, Rama surya with his Chinese find, Ying and Ana, Pablo's current flame. Of course, TBC's very good friends Paul and Tina drom Dubai, came and gave their support. It was nice to have them in this event.

There were less than a hundred people who came and they were all treated to a sumptuous dinner of combined Western and Indonesian delicacies specially prepared by Sunset chef, Rai. The food was terrific from the salads, to sausages, a variety of pastas, satay of chicken and pork as well as grilled chicken, beef and lamb to complete the Argentinean "parillada." An appetizing, to-die-for mango pudding with sago was served for dessert.

Immediately after dinner, the guests were treated to a special presentation by members and guests who did a showcase on Tango. David and Maria their Piazzolla masterpiece Adios Nonino. Husband and wife are getting better each time they come out to perform. Well, with constant practice, where else are you headed for but to perfection. And David and Maria did just that.

The second number gave way to a surprise presentation when TBC's very own Ana Macy for the first time performed with visiting Singapore-based, Filipino tanguero Dennis. The dancing couple did a nuevo classic to the tune of Libedinsky's El aire en mis manos. Everyone was in a state of shock when they saw Ana danced and performed to her heart's content complete with emotions. Call it her baptism of fire. But she did great ditto with Dennis who gave a very good lead.

Then came Paul and Tina who did a reprise of Paul's infamous Tango piece the Pink Panther. His way of giving a surprise number to Stefani. Paul was his usual jovial self as he broke the house down with his antics. Wife Tina was left to do the the Tango embellishments which she is so good at.

The last number gave way to a group performance courtesy of Tango Bali Club headed by mother and daughter Stefani K. and Aylin,along with Ogie Mendoza, Ana Macy, Matthew Ferrols, Iris Patrizia Gainnoulake, David and Maria Prasetya. the group danced to the music of Por Una Cabeza.

And finally, the highlight of the evening featured international Tango stars Laila and Leandro Oliver. The duo gave a sterling performance to the delight of the crowd. So impressive was their performance that it was like watching the show Una Noche de Tango where both are the main artists alongside Miguel Zoto. Superb!

The crowd was ecstatic as Laila and Leandro finished with their finale. Some Tango Bali members were even upfront in saying that they were the best dancers so far who performed ever in Bali. Everyone was satisfied with what they saw. It was another beautiful evening that will be remembered in long time.

Meanwhile, Tangueros wasted no time to indulge in their passion as they tango-ed the night away to the great music of Pugliese, Di Sarli, Calo, Piazzolla, Otros Aires, Libendinsky et.al.

Tango-ing in Bali is such great fun. From workshops to master shows, practicas to milongas, if it's from Tango Bali it must be very good.

It's now even better with the arrival of Casa Artista (www.casaatistabali.com), every tanguero's home away from home.

 

We organize Tango events in cooperation with Tango Bali Club, or foreign tango schools. Casa Artista , a perfect weekend getaway for people who want to combine their Bali holiday with argentine tango.