Post Tagged : dance

Panji Semirang and the Golden Doll

Culture | Feb 20, 2019

The Majapahit, between the years 1293 to circa 1500, was once a great empire in South East Asia. It’s centre was in East Java and in fact it was this empire where the idea of ‘Nusantara’, or a great archipelagic nation, was born. The reach of Majapahit stretched as far as Burma, all the way […]

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Bali’s Extraordinary Exotic Reality

Culture | Jan 31, 2019

Bali will always be an enigma. A juxtaposition between sekala and niskala, the seen and the unseen or the material world and the spiritual. The reason the Balinese are not always present, a little bit of head in the clouds, is because their mind ponders frequently on their next ceremony. Offerings, prayer, dance and dramas, […]

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2000 Ladies Perform Tenun Dance on Petitenget Beach

The Dances of Bali | Dec 12, 2018

If this is your first time visiting Bali, you may have gathered some information of several interesting dances to see during your stay. Two of the most famous ones are Legong and Kecak. However, there are many traditional dances in this island. Some are considered sacred and only performed in temples during religious rituals, while […]

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Dagger in Hand: Bali’s Baris Keris Dance

The Dances of Bali | Oct 29, 2018

Baris dance is one important dance usually performed as the opening to a sacred ritual or big religious ceremony in temples in the villages of Bali. The dance plays an important role as it symbolises the welcoming of deities, gods and goddesses that are believed have come down from heaven to witness the rituals. The […]

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Rejang Renteng: A Dance of the Older Generation

The Dances of Bali | Sep 19, 2018

Balinese dances eloquently charm audiences with their signature basic movements, eye movements and curvy nature of the female dancers. Almost all of the dances on the island boast bright colours and glittery costumes. All of this is not presented in Rejang Renteng. Rejang Renteng is a variation of the Rejang Dance – the sacred dance […]

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Cultural Appreciation : Teaching Kids Balinese Culture

Bali For Kids | Sep 06, 2018

Culture plays an important role in how children make sense of the world around them. Children’s connection to their culture develops through their experiences. As adults, we should help them connect with their cultural identity by supplying warm and secure emotional connections. This helps the young minds build a positive cultural identity for themselves, as […]

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Kepayang : Dance The Romance 

The Dances of Bali | Aug 18, 2018

Watching a dance performance makes my heart content. And if we trace it back, it is the sweet ripe fruit of days of hard work. For the artist, their sore legs and arms are nothing to compare with thundering applause by the audience. To perform in one of Bali Art Festival’s stage is a big […]

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Sendratari : Balinese Art, Theatre and Dance Rolled into One

The Dances of Bali | Jul 23, 2018

In Bali, we also have musical dramas, a combination of dance and theatrical performance that also contains dialog in the Balinese language. The performance is called Sendratari, which is actually an abbreviation of Seni, Drama and Tari which translates to English as “art, theater and dance”. Sendratari is an all Balinese favorite. It is both […]

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Dance Maestro Ni Ketut Arini and the Festivity of Balinese Dance

Festive Season | Jul 22, 2018

Almost everything celebratory in Bali starts with a dance. Whether it’s a religious ceremony, a festival, opening of a conference, or even a dinner at nice resorts, a traditional Balinese dance will be performed to welcome the attendees and kick start the occasion – a unique gesture that has captured the hearts of many.   […]

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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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