Balinese Dance

Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

Watching a traditional Balinese dance performance is great fun. Kecak, a dance and music drama form, was developed in the 1930s. The Kecak Fire & Trance Dance performance involves a troupe of more than 100 people dancing in a circle and, through their motions, depicting a battle from the ancient Indian epic poem called the Ramayana. Barong dance, another traditional movement form, is an exciting performance of the battle between good and evil as represented by mythological creatures. Good is represented by barong—a mythological lionlike creature, king of the spirits—and evil by its enemy, the demon queen Rangda.

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