The Dances of Bali

Balinese Living Arts: Ubud’s Newest Cultural Performances

The Dances of Bali | Jan 19, 2018

Immerse yourself in a brand new cultural exposé in Ubud with Balinese Living Arts; two daily performances that blend drama, dance and music to present some of the island’s most treasured stories.  Not a day goes by in Bali when a traditional dance is not being performed, whether it is the youthful apprentices practicing in the village […]

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Bima Ruci: The Dance of the Mahabharata

The Dances of Bali | Dec 04, 2017

The epic of Mahabharata is popular in Java and Bali as the layers of the stories in the narrative includes historical reference and moral sample based on Hindu teachings. The epic spread to Indonesia in the 11th Century under the rule of King Dharmawangsa. The narrative is about the kingdom of Hastinapura under the rule […]

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Jarandut: Balinese Dance From the Island of Lombok

The Dances of Bali | Nov 08, 2017

The traditional dances in Bali have been flourishing, and new generations of traditional dancers and gamelan musicians are continuously being born. The dignity of taking part in such cultural performances is very much alive in this digital age and intense technological era. The dances of Bali are not only learned and developed by the Balinese […]

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Bali’s Nightly Kecak Dance

Bali After Dark | Nov 01, 2017

An evening of cultural appreciation should leave a memorable experience on your Bali travel diary. And doing so is like a picnic, for there are countless nightly traditional Balinese dance performances such as the Kecak Dance held on many corners of the island for you to come and watch. In Bali, a traditional dance is […]

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The Karsian Dance: Celebrating Water

The Dances of Bali | Oct 16, 2017

One of dance competitions that is really interesting is Gong Kebyar Competition. I’ve been following the competition since seven years ago, it is amazing to witness how the young generation on the island grow their passion in continuing the culture, and also add some advanced touches of the modern culture to it. Some captivating new […]

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Baris Tamiang

The Dances of Bali | Sep 22, 2017

It is amazing to find that this little island is the home of so many dances, we can lose count if we tried to include new choreography that seems to arise to the surface every day. The dances in Bali falls into several classification, just like taxonomy of trees or animals. Let’s look at Baris […]

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The Wiranjaya Dance

The Dances of Bali | Aug 22, 2017

Pesta Kesenian Bali, organized by the government of the province, started in 1979 and has taken place each year. The last event, that just finished in early July, charmed thousands of visitors on each day and caused a successful amount of traffic. Apart from performances by the groups of artist from the island, participation from […]

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Rejang Dewa: The Charm of Nymphs

The Dances of Bali | Jul 15, 2017

The charm of Balinese traditional dance has captured the eyes and hearts of so many visitors to the island. There are an assortment of dances and music from Bali that are performed on stage regularly in several areas in the island, such as in Ubud, Batu Bulan, Uluwatu, Tanah Lot and other tourism destinations. However, […]

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The Baris Tumbak Dance

The Dances of Bali | Jun 17, 2017

Tradition, culture, ancestors’ spirits and a strong belief in a supreme God are elements that are respected in various forms through the practices of the Balinese Hindu. Those elements cannot be detached from each other as they complete each other, and the Balinese consistently acknowledge the importance of those elements in their life as well […]

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The Barong And Keris Dance of Batubulan

The Dances of Bali | May 15, 2017

Among the many Barong Dance performances on the island, the Barong and Keris Dance of Batubulan remains unique due to its focus on the Kunti Seraya story, a play that has been performed since the 30’s. An interesting documentation of this play was once written by Walter Spies in his book Dance and Drama In […]

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