The Dances of Bali

Dagger in Hand: Bali’s Baris Keris Dance

The Dances of Bali | Oct 29, 2018

Baris dance is one important dance usually performed as the opening to a sacred ritual or big religious ceremony in temples in the villages of Bali. The dance plays an important role as it symbolises the welcoming of deities, gods and goddesses that are believed have come down from heaven to witness the rituals. The […]

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Rejang Renteng: A Dance of the Older Generation

The Dances of Bali | Sep 19, 2018

Balinese dances eloquently charm audiences with their signature basic movements, eye movements and curvy nature of the female dancers. Almost all of the dances on the island boast bright colours and glittery costumes. All of this is not presented in Rejang Renteng. Rejang Renteng is a variation of the Rejang Dance – the sacred dance […]

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Kepayang : Dance The Romance 

The Dances of Bali | Aug 18, 2018

Watching a dance performance makes my heart content. And if we trace it back, it is the sweet ripe fruit of days of hard work. For the artist, their sore legs and arms are nothing to compare with thundering applause by the audience. To perform in one of Bali Art Festival’s stage is a big […]

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Sendratari : Balinese Art, Theatre and Dance Rolled into One

The Dances of Bali | Jul 23, 2018

In Bali, we also have musical dramas, a combination of dance and theatrical performance that also contains dialog in the Balinese language. The performance is called Sendratari, which is actually an abbreviation of Seni, Drama and Tari which translates to English as “art, theater and dance”. Sendratari is an all Balinese favorite. It is both […]

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More Than Just A Dance: The Welcoming Ritual of Balinese Dances

Festive Season | Jul 06, 2018

So much more than just a form of art, traditional dances in Bali are a welcoming ritual, performed to mark the start of religious ceremonies or rituals that take place in the temples, to welcome the deities and ancestors that come down to the earth whenever the ceremonies take place and also to show gratitude […]

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The Margapati Dance: A King and Death Meet

The Dances of Bali | Jun 25, 2018

In Bali, the island’s culture has strong ties to the surrounding natural environment. The religious rituals are delivered as a give back to the ancestors and nature for the entire ceremony and life. The sacred rituals involve beautiful offerings and eye-catching cultural performances. Every art form was born as an offering to the gods and […]

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The Janger Dance: From the Rice Field to the Sea

The Dances of Bali | May 27, 2018

In the creation of art performances, the Balinese have been inspired by everything in their surroundings, including nature, myths and legend. In fact, some daily activities have been brought to the stage in the form of eye catching dance performances.  Before the massive growth of tourism in Bali, the Balinese people used to live on […]

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Nawanatya Cultural Carnival Begins

The Dances of Bali | Apr 30, 2018

On the 3rd of March 2018, situated at the heart of Denpasar, right in front of the governor’s official residence, a cultural art carnival was held as part of a series of activities to mark the opening of Bali MandaraNawanatya 2018, an annual event held in Bali Art Centre in Denpasar on the weekend starting […]

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Tragic Love in the Stories of Balinese Dance

The Dances of Bali | Feb 01, 2018

Love is an absurdly warm feeling full of complexity. Love stories can end up being happily ever after or, alternatively, manifest into agony and hatred. Romance is a sedative that triggers the creative mind to express oneself, a great inspiration for artists. In the hands of talented artists, a bloody war caused by love can […]

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Witnessing The Lingsar: A Journey Across the Sea

The Dances of Bali | Jan 25, 2018

Every Balinese dance has a story, including The Lingsar, which shares the history between Lombok and Bali. The King of Karangasem sent Anak Agung Ketut Karangasem to the land of the Sasak, Lombok Island, with a troop of followers. Ida Pedandan Ketut Sebali, a holy man also accompanied Ketut Karangasem on this journey. After days […]

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