The Dances of Bali

The Closing

Culture | Oct 01, 2015

Ngusaba Sambah may the biggest series of rite of passage ceremonies held by the community of Tenganan Dauh Tukad Village in the Karangasem Regency of East Bali. The month-long event, which consists of several unique ceremonies, including banana and pandan wars, is organised solely by the village members. These sacred ceremonies are meant to mark the […]

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An Evening at Pura Dalem Ubud

The Dances of Bali | Sep 02, 2015

After finishing a photo shoot on the outskirts of Ubud one afternoon, I decided to pay a visit to the heart of the town. It was dark when I arrived and I was lacking in ideas for what to do apart from dinner when a boy approached me selling tickets to dance performances. Out of […]

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Cendrawasih : Beauty of a bird of Paradise

Culture | Aug 15, 2015

I’ve watched the Cendrawasih dance several times now. Even though each performance features different dancers on a different stage, it is always captivating. The Cendrawasih dance is neither classical nor sacred in Bali; rather it is a relatively new dance with choreography inspired by classical dance routines. The last time I watched this dance was […]

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Ngelawang: The Door-to-Door Ceremony

The Dances of Bali | Jul 02, 2015

Galungan and Kuningan, the two big holy days of the Balinese Hindus, are celebrated in a very special way. Galungan always takes place on the Wednesday the week before Kuningan. Various processions, such as Penmpahan which is characterized by women preparing offerings and men decorating temples, are held before Galungan. Meanwhile Kuningan is always on […]

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The Ballet of Abimanyu

The Dances of Bali | Jun 01, 2015

With the arrival of Hinduism to the Indonesian archipelago came the great epics from the India Sub-continent, which also served as a vehicle to spread the Hindu teachings. The epics, which have been passed down from generation to generation, have influenced the Hindu moral standards about good and bad as well as giving an understanding […]

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A Dance Celebrating Life in Ubud

The Dances of Bali | May 04, 2015

The weather in Ubud was cool, with a soft breeze flowing through the town, it was perfect weather for a night in the enchanting Ubud Palace. I sat quietly in the courtyard, surrounded by a dozen or so people; all of us longing for the next performance – we had already watched two stunning fable […]

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Kebyar Terompong

The Dances of Bali | Apr 02, 2015

In 1925, I Mario, a legendary dancer from Tabanan, created a jaw-dropping dance named Kebyar Duduk. Most of the routines are performed while the dancers squat close to the ground – a difficult position indeed. To make things more difficult, each routine is danced in a blink of an eye! A male dancer, elegantly dressed […]

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Legong Trance

The Dances of Bali | Feb 27, 2015

It was 6 pm when two men started arranging the red plastic chairs at the front yard of PuriSarenUbud, a palace owned by the Ubud royal family. Members of the royal family still live here, within theinner compound, but allow the community to use the front patio for cultural performances in the evening. The Legong […]

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Jauk Keras

The Dances of Bali | Feb 04, 2015

At first glance, one may think that all the Balinese mask dances look the same, but in fact they each have their unique qualities. In Bali, there are perhaps more than a dozen variations of mask dances. These mask dances are one of the many cultural performances that are passed down from generation to generation. […]

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Kembang Girang

The Dances of Bali | Dec 29, 2014

Art is and always has been an integral part of life for the Balinese people and is continually developing. For example, the unique beauty of Balinese dancing is constantly regenerated and new choreography is created alongside the frequent and enthusiastic performances of the old classics.I recently watched a beautiful Balinese dance performance at Hotel Tugu […]

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