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Kecak and Fire Dance

Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village - Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village – Bali Hello Travel

Who does not know the local specialty Kecak Dance Bali. How many years ago this dance ever danced around five thousand people and recorded as a world record. So who created and for what created the dance. Kecak commonly called Cak dance or Api (Fire Dance) is a mass dance performances or entertainment and tends as a ballet that is the art of drama and dance as an art entirely describe the role of a puppet play is like Rama Sita and not specifically used in Hindu religious rituals like worship, temple ceremony and other ceremonies.

Kecak Dance is always performed just before sunset.  As the drama unfolds, the scene is cast in the last rays of the sun when its orb slowly disappears behind the glowing horizon of the sea. The story continues into the darkness of nightfall as dancers are dramatically lit only by the light thrown from the flames of torches casting long shadows.

Kecak was created by Wayan Modulus and a painter Walter Spies from Germany around 1930. Actually Kecak dance originated from the ritual Sanghyang, namely dancers dance traditions will be in unconscious condition, to communicate with God or the spirits of the ancestors and then convey the hope- hope to the community. Not hard to pick a definition or why so-called Kecak dance. When the male dancers that dance, sounding word cak … cak … cak from there the word Kecak taken. Kecak dance is not like the other dances of Bali, Kecak dance do not use tools of any music, just the sound created by the cries of “cak … cak … cak” that make up the music pure and kincringn tied at the feet of the dancers.

Developments Kecak in Bali
Kecak in Bali experience continues to change and progress since the 1970s. The development that can be seen is in terms of story and staging. In terms of story for staging not only relied on one part of the Ramayana but also another part of the story of the Ramayana. This dance is performed by many (50 o 70 male dancers) who sat lined up in a circle and with a certain rhythm called “top” and raised both arms, depicting the Ramayana when Rama line of apes help fight Ravana. The dancers in the circle is wearing a plaid cloth like a chess board around their waist. Besides the dancers, there is also the other dancers who portray the characters Ramayana as Rhama, Shinta, Ravana, Hanuman, and Sugriva.

Then in terms of staging also began experiencing growth not only found in one place like Bona village, Gianyar but also other villages in Bali started developing Kecak so that in Bali there are dozens of Kecak group where members are usually members of the banjo. Festival activities such as dance Kecak activities are often carried out in Bali either by the government or by an art school in Bali. As well as of the number of dancers highest ever staged in Kecak recorded in 1979 which involved 500 dancers. At the time it staged the Kecak by taking the story of this record Mahabarata.Namun solved by the Tabanan District Government held a colossal Kecak with 5000 dancers on September 29, 2006, in Tanah Lot, Tabanan, Bali.

Pattern Kecak
As a Kecak dance performance backed by some very important factor, More is more in this present Kecak dance performances as an introduction to the story, of course the music is vital to accompany lenggak swing dancers. But in the Kecak music sounds generated from a combination of members smack of about 50-70 people all will make acapela music, will act as a leader gives a tone early again act as a suppressor in charge of providing high notes or low pressure an act as a solo singer, and alone again will act as mastermind who delivered the storyline. Kecak dancers in the movement should not follow the standard-standard dance accompanied by gamelan. So in this Kecak dance gestures of the dancers more relaxed because the main priority is the storyline and blend sounds.

Where to see Kecak and fire dance
The Kecak dance is performed at the temple every evening at 6:00 p.m. in an open-air arena to the backdrop of the ember sky, as the glowing red sun sinks beneath the horizon. Tickets to the dance can be purchased for approximately IDR 100,000. Visitors should note that during high season, tickets are often sold out and should be booked a few days in advance. Pura Luhur Uluwatu is located on the island of Bali, about 45 minutes from Nusa Dua, or 1 hour 15 minutes from Kuta area.

Other locations to watch this dramatic dance at sunset are at Tanah Lot with Bali’s iconic Tanah Lot temple as background, or at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, or the most classical and sacred performance is Batubulan village, which is start at 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm (daily show). Batubulan is about 1 hour drivng from Kuta area. The show ticket is IDR 100.000 / person, and child (6-12 yo is IDR 50.000).

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Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village - Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village – Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village - Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village – Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village - Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village – Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village - Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village – Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village - Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village – Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village - Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village – Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village - Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance in Batubulan village – Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and fire dance in Uluwatu Temple,  Bali - Indonesia - Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and fire dance in Uluwatu Temple, Bali – Indonesia – Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance at Uluwatu temple at sunset - Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance at Uluwatu temple at sunset – Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance at Uluwatu temple at sunset - Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance at Uluwatu temple at sunset – Bali Hello Travel

Kecak & Fire dance at Uluwatu-Bali Hello Travel

Kecak & Fire dance at Uluwatu-Bali Hello Travel

Kecak & Fire dance at Uluwatu-Bali Hello Travel

Kecak & Fire dance at Uluwatu-Bali Hello Travel