kecak at uluwatu

October 4, 2008

My favourite of the Balinese traditional dances is also the youngest. Kecak tells stories from the Ramayana. It is performed by up to 100 men in a chorus rhythmically chanting ‘cak’ to accompany the main players, Rama, Sita, Ravana and Hanuman. It is derived from a trance-inducing exorcism dance.

I discovered on my previous trip that the dance is also performed at sunset at Uluwatu, atop the cliffs, and close to the temple.

A spectacular location for what is, despite commercialization, a very atmospheric performance.

Not sure Hanuman’s fire antics were health and safety approved.

Go here and here for more stunning shots, and here to listen to how catchy kecak is. Not to be missed if you ever visit Bali. Even Mr. Snow enjoyed it thoroughly, against his expectations.

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