Attraction Kecak Fire & Trance Dance Jl. Sriwedari, Pura Dalem Taman Kaja, Ubud Gianyar Bali 80571 Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Kecak Fire & Trance Dance is special ?
The captivating Tari Kecak dance, also called ‘the monkey chanting dance’, was created around 1930 and is now internationally recognised as one of Bali’s top-three signature dances (along with Barong and Legong). It steals the spotlight and is unique in that it has no other musical background but the chanting of a male chorus intoning a “keh-chack” polyrhythmic sound during most of the performance. Kecak’s storyline is taken from the Ramayana Hindu epic and it’s on the entertainment schedule of almost every Balinese arts and culture venue.
What makes the Kecak special is that the accompanying music is provided by the human voice, the gamelan suara, a choir of a hundred men or more sitting in concentric circles, swaying, standing up, lying prone as the story develops. Amongst the swaying masses the voices of the storytellers can be heard telling the unfolding tale.
What to explore at Kecak Fire & Trance Dance?
The nightly performance is very popular here at Uluwatu. Buses bring the tourists from the resorts of Bali down to the southern tip of the island in time for sunset, when the show begins. Through the paths of the temple and past the clifftops with their views across the ocean, everyone walks, until you finally get to the stage.
- Local Men chant whilst Characters Dance
- Ramayana in a Different way
- Interesting and well executed show
- Great show and community feeling
- Great energy and entertainment
Kecak Fire & Trance Dance Jl. Sriwedari, Pura Dalem Taman Kaja, Ubud Gianyar Bali 80571 Indonesia
Tips for you
We thoroughly enjoyed the performance when we were there. We were not sure how we would react to it, as we were quite tired after a long day. But, as it turned out, it was really quite magical. I would recommend to be a little early so you can choose a good seat.