Kecak Dance, Theater and Dance Combination

By | October 1, 2014

Kecak dance is a unique dance and perhaps most dramatic of all Balinese dances. The story due to combine dance and theater, Kecak dance depicting Hindu story, ‘Ramayana‘ Stories which tells the story of Prince Rama, with the help of the monkey-like ‘Wanara’ to defeat the evil King Ravana to rescue Sita his queen. The Kecak Trance has elements of dance, a sacred ritual in the play there may be a spiritual soul entry and control bodies of the dancers, so the dancers will be unconscious in the play.

Kecak dance is always performed just before sunset. As there is a scene where the drama has the right background during sunset time. The story will continue into the darkness of the night, dancers dramatically illuminated only by the light of a torch flame.
This dance begins with the percussive chants of 150-person choir plaid fabric wrapped around their waist, sitting in a circle, forming a stage in the middle with the fire burning as the only lighting, pyrotechnics this creates a mystical atmosphere, illuminate the players and spectators alike circular while rocking rhythmically back and forth and wave their hands endlessly shacking their bodies, but at the time of shaking, narrator’s voice can be heard, tell the tale. The plot progresses, percussionists rings acapella improve the performance of the main actors in the middle to act as the soldiers in the battle scenes, and play a large snake in his victory. The end of the story is stylish and more emotion telling the truth, 150 Conversely imposed for voice or voice over men chanting “chak-achak-achak,” thus giving the name of the dance. Another unique factor is that the Kecak is also one of the only dance that was created for the sole purpose of entertaining strangers. It is almost never seen by the Balinese in their village.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of nine main temple in Bali, and is one of the places you can personally watch Kecak Dance Kecak dance is performed in temples every night at 6:00 in the open arena with sunset, when the red sun sinks below the horizon . Uluwatu is located on the island of Bali, about 45 minutes from Nusa Dua, or 1 hour 15 minutes from Kuta or Tuban.