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Kecak

Kecak

Kecak

Kecak is a typical Balinese performing arts created in the 1930s and is played primarily by men. This dance is performed by many (tens or more) male dancers who sit in rows in a circle and with a certain rhythm called “cak” and raised both arms, depicting the Ramayana as the line of monkeys helps Rama against Ravana.

However, the Kecak originated from the ritual sanghyang, the dancers dance traditions will be in an unconscious condition, to communicate with God or the spirits of the ancestors and then convey their expectations to the public.

The dancers are sitting in a circle is wearing a plaid fabric like a chessboard around their waist. Besides the dancers, there are other dancers who portray the characters of Ramayana like Rama, Shinta, Ravana, Hanuman and Sugriva.

Kecak dance songs taken from the ritual dances sanghyang. In addition, do not use musical instruments. Only used kincringan worn on the feet of dancers who portray the characters of Ramayana.

Around the 1930s, Wayan Limbak worked with German painter Walter Spies to create the Kecak dance Sanghyang traditions and parts of the story of Ramayana. Wayan Limbak popularizing this dance while traveling the world with his troupe of Balinese dancers.

 

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