The Dances of Bali

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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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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