Trance and Dance in Bali (1951)

16 Mar
Director Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead
Producer New York University Film Library
Length 20
B&W/Color Black and White
UO Library Catalog description: The Balinese ceremonial dance drama in which the never-ending struggle between the witch and the dragon–the death dealing and the life protecting–is played out to the accompaniment of comic interludes and violent trance seizures. Balinese music forms a background for the narration.
Call # FILM Mb61
Genre Documentary, Folkloric, Ethnographic
Rare No
Online No
Copyright status Public Domain
Physical condition Fair
Oregon-related No


Trance and Dance in Bali is a short documentary film by Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson that details their visits to Bali during the 1930’s, although the film was not released until 1951. In 1999 the film was deemed “culturally significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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