The Dances of Bali

Cendrawasih Dance

The Dances of Bali | Sep 28, 2013

In 1988, N.L.N Swasthi Wijaya Bandem created a dance inspired by the beauty of a bird – the Cendrawasih. The bird, which originates from Papua, holds deep significance and purpose in Balinese culture.   A priest on the way to a cremation ceremony (ngaben) will carry a stick with a stuffed Cendrawasih bird perched on […]

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The Dances of Bali | Aug 28, 2013

The musicians of Bali’s traditional orchestra, Gamelan Gong Kebyar, start playing softly, while at the same time the high-pitched voices of a female choir singing a Balinese song reaches the audience from behind the stage. The female choir, who also dance throughout the performance, is known as Janger, and the male choir, called Kecak, accompanies […]

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The Dances of Bali | Jul 25, 2013

Loud and dynamic are probably the best words to describe the Gamelan Beleganjur sound. It comprises of one great gong, a secondary gong, four pairs of mini cymbals, two differently tuned traditional drums, and a small hand-held gong called kempul. The number of people in the orchestra varies depending on the how many people are […]

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Sanghyang Jaran

The Dances of Bali | Jun 28, 2013

Famous for its preserved cultural life, which has strong attachments to religious beliefs, Bali’s sacred dances are only performed at temples during a ceremony. The sacred dances not only showcase the beauty of Balinese cultural performances, but also exhibit a firm belief of the presence of spirits and the supernatural world. Long before the modern […]

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Telek Dance

The Dances of Bali | May 31, 2013

Friday evening: While most of the Ubud’s visitors are indulging in its thriving culinary scene, enjoying light-hearted chat in one of the many cafes, or strolling the pretty streets of Ubud, partaking in a little window shopping, some visitors thirsting for culture might fill the seats arranged inside the Ubud Palace compound.  There are no […]

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Sanghyang Dedari

The Dances of Bali | Apr 29, 2013

As night falls and a dark sky envelopes sparkling Ubud, another life is just about to begin. At one corner of Jalan Hanuman in Ubud sits Pura Penataran Kloncing temple amidst a number shops and restaurants. The front yard of the temple is utilized as a stage for cultural performing arts but this activity doesn’t […]

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Kecak, Bali’s Fire Dance

The Dances of Bali | Mar 26, 2013

Afternoons are always a good time to visit Uluwatu, the southern tip of the island. Not only to admire the lovely sunset from the top of the cliff but also to watch the famous Kecak Dance Performance, also known as the Bali Fire dance, which overlooks Uluwatu Temple. But what is the Kecak, and what’s […]

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Tari Topeng (Mask Dance)

The Dances of Bali | Mar 01, 2013

The performing arts in Bali were once performed solely as offerings to the Gods and deities. Nowadays, some dances are used to entertain devotees during religious events in the temple and some are performed to project social and spiritual messages to audiences. Tari Topeng (Mask Dance) is one of those which uses acting as a […]

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