The Dances of Bali

Inspired By The Lion

The Dances of Bali | Nov 28, 2014

Every Thursday is special at the TuguHotel in Canggu because in their distinctive and authentically Balinese decorated lobby, under the huge statute of Garuda (Indonesia’s my thical bird) , the hotel put s on a variety of authentic Balinese dance per formances.

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The Death of Kumbhakarna

The Dances of Bali | Nov 03, 2014

Six men arrived on stage, each of them held up a huge gunungan, a mountain shape shadow puppet with some pictures of animals, trees, a gate, and some other items, that depict either, a palace and its contents, a jungle and the wilderness or the universe. The presence of the gunungan is the signal to […]

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Welcome from the North

The Dances of Bali | Oct 06, 2014

I think many people agree that performing a dance is a way of welcoming people in Bali. Many travel agencies take at least two dancers to the airport to welcome their guests. This style of greeting always leaves such a unique cultural impression on visitors who have just landed on the island. There are several […]

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The Dances of Bali | Sep 08, 2014

A few months ago I had the opportunity to attend a central & local government coordination meeting regarding the coral triangle initiative on coral reefs, fisheries & food security in Buleleng Regency. The meeting began with two performances from local dancers and musicians. One of the dances was called Tari Nelayan – Fishermen Dance. Unfortunately, I […]

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Kupu-Kupu Tarum

The Dances of Bali | Aug 11, 2014

Imagine a lush garden teeming with green plants and a variety of bright flowers. A group of butterflies beat their beautiful wings as they fly from one flower to another. This very scene, of calm elegance and serenity, was captured and transformed into a charming dance performance by I Wayan Beratha in the 60’s. Kupu-Kupu Tarum […]

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Kebyar Duduk

The Dances of Bali | Jul 03, 2014

Text & Photos by Kartika D. Suardana I Ketut Maria, more famously known as I Mario, is a truly legendary dancer on the island, who was inspired by a popular performance in 1914 called Gong Kebyar. The performance greatly influenced both his emotions and imagination, resulting in the creation of a beautiful dance performance called Kebyar […]

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The Dances of Bali | Jun 02, 2014

I realized recently that I hadn’t watched the Tenun Dance performance for quite some time. It wasn’t until the launch event of my second book ‘Real Bali’, published by NOW!Bali, where one of my lovely Balinese friends, Lenny Pande, made an appearance on stage. A most welcome surprise, Ms.Pande whom most know mainly as a […]

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Rejang Sutri

The Dances of Bali | May 02, 2014

Batuan Village, located about 10km south of Ubud, is famous for its unique paintings. Batuan paintings typically show daily life in the village and a painting comprises of many living and non-living subjects drawn as a flow of activities in a community. These days, the paintings are finished in bright colour combinations. Nowadays the village is […]

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The Dances of Bali | Mar 28, 2014

Possibly the most popular dance in Bali is the Legong dance. This classic Balinese dance, which is accompanied by the sound of gamelan, has become the foundation for the basic routines of many Balinese dances. The original Legong is danced by two teenage girls who haven’t yet reached maturity and was developed in the palaces […]

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Makepung Dance

The Dances of Bali | Mar 05, 2014

In Jembrana Regency, especially in the coastal areas, live many immigrants from Banyuwangi, Madura Island and Sulawesi. The Madurese mostly inhabit the west coast of Bali where the current from Madura Strait passes by, carrying their astonishing fishing boats to the Indian Ocean. The Madurese brought their heritage with them and one of the traditions […]

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