Kecak And Fire Dance
Kecak and Fire Dance, Part of the art of dance and the role that makes you hypnotized by its uniqueness
Now is the time for us to enjoy one of Bali’s most famous arts. Kecak and fire dance, this dance is actually a combination of drama and dance. This dance describes the art of the role of Pewayangan.
The kecak and fire dance mainly tells about Ramayana and almost all the cast is male. The dance is performed by many (or more dozens) of male dancers sitting in a circular line. With certain rhythms calling “cak” and lifting both arms, describing the Ramayana story as a row of apes helping Rama against Ravana. However, Kecak comes from the Sanghyang ritual, a dance tradition whose dancers will be in an unconscious state. The dancer communicates with God or the spirit of his ancestors and then conveys their hope to the community.
The dancers sitting in a circle were wearing a checkered cloth like a chessboard encircling their waist. In addition to the dancers, there are also other dancers who portray Ramayana figures such as Rama, Shinta, Ravana, Hanuman, and Sugriwa.
Kecak dance song is taken from Sanghyang dance ritual. This dance does not use the accompaniment of any musical instrument. But only use the kincringan worn on the dancer who plays the character of Ramayana.
Around the 1930s Wayan Limbak worked with German painter Walter Spies to create a Kecak and fire dance based on the Sanghyang tradition and parts of the Ramayana story. Wayan Limbak popularized this dance while traveling the world with her Balinese dance troupe.
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