Balinese Performing Arts through Walter Spies: A Collaborative Journey to Exploring Culture and Economic Value


  • I Made Bayu Pramana Department of Photography, Indonesian Institute of the Arts of Denpasar, Indonesia
  • Amrita Nugraheni Saraswaty Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business, Udayana University, Indonesia



Bali, history, performing arts, Walter Spies, Culture and economic value, tourism


This study embarks on an enthralling exploration of the intersection of culture and creative industries in the context of Balinese performing arts. While grounded in the culture and creative industries perspectives, this study delves into the multifaceted relationship between the preservation of Balinese cultural traditions and their economic implications. Walter Spies, a pivotal figure in Balinese cultural history, plays a central role in this odyssey. He took part in mapping, documenting, and narrating Balinese performing arts. The article meticulously examines how Spies’ collaborative efforts have resulted in a renaissance in the economic viability of Balinese performing arts. Using an interdisciplinary approach based on photography histories, cultural economics, and arts management, this study dissects the mechanisms by which cultural expressions become valuable assets in the burgeoning creative economy. This investigation goes beyond a simple historical examination, shedding light on the contemporary challenges and opportunities Balinese performing arts face in a globalised world. It emphasises the value of preserving cultural authenticity while capitalising on the untapped economic potential of these time-honoured traditions. In conclusion, this study provides a compelling narrative of the intricate interplay between culture, creativity, and economic sustainability in Balinese performing arts. This study adds significantly to the ongoing discussion about how cultural heritage can coexist peacefully within the dynamic landscape of the creative industries, providing invaluable insights for scholars, practitioners, and policymakers alike.


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How to Cite

Pramana, I. M. B., & Saraswaty, A. N. (2023). Balinese Performing Arts through Walter Spies: A Collaborative Journey to Exploring Culture and Economic Value. Jurai Sembah, 4(2), 66–76.