Imagine a lush garden teeming with green plants and a variety of bright flowers. A group of butterflies beat their beautiful wings as they fly from one flower to another. This very scene, of calm elegance and serenity, was captured and transformed into a charming dance performance by I Wayan Beratha in the 60’s. Kupu-Kupu Tarum means royal blue butterfly. The costumes and choreography depicts the exquisite nature of this butterfly, focusing also on the harmonious friendship between them.

Text & photo by Kartika D. Suardana

Imagine a lush garden teeming with green plants and a variety of bright flowers. A group of butterflies beat their beautiful wings as they fly from one flower to another. This very scene, of calm elegance and serenity, was captured and transformed into a charming dance performance by I Wayan Beratha in the 60’s.

Kupu-Kupu Tarum means royal blue butterfly. The costumes and choreography depicts the exquisite nature of this butterfly, focusing also on the harmonious friendship between them. This dance is categorized as ‘new choreography’, a mix of classical and powerful routines of Bali’s traditional dance sequences with new elements inspired by the gesture of butterflies. Kupu-kupu Tarum is usually performed by a group of five or more female dancers, with artistically crafted wings attached to the hands. The dancers clap their wings delicately and tiptoe up and down around the stage, as if they are flying gently through the air. The routines of this dance are soft, smooth and agile.

I watched the performance at Puri Saren Ubud on a Saturday evening. Puri Saren Ubud is Ubud’s Royal Palace, situated in the center of Ubud. Every Saturday evening the dancers of the Bina Remaja Troupe perform a selection of Bali’s authentic dances here.

When I watched the performance in Ubud, instead of wearing royal blue costume, the dancers wore lime green fabric wrapped around their waist to their ankles. On their torso, a yellow fabric embellished with sparkling gold patterns wrapped their shoulders to their waists. Their necks were adorned with artistic hand crafted necklaces that also sparkled gold colours.  Gold plated metal flowers arranged in the shape of a mountain decorated the back of their heads, and on the front part, a golden crown with a pair of curly antennas nestled on their forehead.!

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