Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Kecak, Magical Cultural Dance From Bali

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Kecak Dance or the art of Kecak is a dance that originated from Bali Indonesia, Kecak Dance is performed by tens or more male dancers who sat lined up in a circle and with a certain rhythm and chanting "cak" and raised both arm. The dancers in the circle is wearing a plaid cloth like a chessboard their waist.
Besides that dancers, there are also other dancers who portray the characters of Ramayana as Rama, Shinta, Ravana, Hanuman, and Sugriwa.
Kecak Dance describe the Ramayana story ehen the time line of apes help Rama against Ravana. However, Kecak sanghyang comes from the ritual, namely the tradition of dancing, the dancers will be in unconscious condition, to communicate with God or the spirits of the ancestors and then convey its expectations to the public.

Based on the references from wikipedia, although this Kecak Dance Typical Balinese dance, but Kecak dance was created by foreign artists, he was Walter Spies, the painter from Germany.
Around 1930's Wayan Limbak worked with German painter Walter Spies to create the Kecak dance based on traditional Sanghyang and parts of the story of Ramayana. Wayan Limbak popularizing this dance while traveling the world with his troupe of Balinese dancers.

If we are talking about the island of Bali, of course we'll talk about a harmony between art, culture and religious life. Not only limited to the discourse, the people of Bali indeed embody harmonization in every joint of their lives.More great again, they've been doing since time immemorial and still continues until this day, one form of manifestation of such harmonization is the art of traditional Balinese dance.

Most types of dance in Bali combine elements of art, culture and religion, one example is the Kecak Dance is already well known internationally.
Its uniqueness lies in the musical instruments that go with it. Kecak Dance does not need to accompany the gamelan music or another instrument. Instrumental music at the Kecak dance lies precisely on the dancers, amounting many people. The dancers sit in a circle and then called for the words "Chuk" in which different rhythms, raising his arms.

Kecak dance video - dance, Balinese Indonesia

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