The choreographer, dancer, and vocalist discussed her upbringing and influences to Asia Society Northern California.
A farmer works in lush paddy fields in Bali, Indonesia on April 30, 2015. (Fazia/Flickr)
After a year of travel around the archipelago, veteran Indonesia-watcher Elizabeth Pisani found "a nation quite different from the one I thought I knew."
A man stands under a gazebo overlooking the ocean at Sanur Beach in Bali, Indonesia on September 11, 2014. (Darien Graham-Smith/Flickr)
A Balinese man kicks up fire during the 'Mesabatan Api' ritual ahead of Nyepi Day in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia on March 30, 2014. (Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
The sun rises over the calm waters of Bali, Indonesia on August 31, 2013. (Pandu Adnyana/Flickr)
Dancers clad in vibrant colors perform during a welcoming ceremony to greet Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior ship in Bali, Indonesia on May 31, 2013. (Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images)
A dancer in the midst of a performance in Bali, Indonesia on July 25, 2012. (worldsurfr/Flickr)
Hindu mythological dance performance in Uluwatu, Bali on November 29, 2011.
The Legong Dance and Ramayana is performed in Ubud palace in Bali, Indonesia.