Bali Dance-Pendet Dance

The beauty of the island of Bali is no doubt, the various elements of the beauty are formed in a single-entity has been created from this island. One of them is Pendet dance. A dance that symbolizes a welcoming of descent of the gods into the world. Before I Wayan Rindi (a dance choreographer) made several changes, pendet dance was held in the temple for Hindu religious ceremonies. Sources of inspiration Pendet birth is a sacred Odalan ceremony in the temple ritual called mamendet or mendet. The procession takes place after the priest proclaimed mendet adored mantras and after-theater staging mask Sidakarya philosophically legitimize sacred religious ceremonies. Almost every large to the small temple in Bali is accompanied with mamendet activity. In some large temples like Pura Besakih which located at the foot of Mount Agung, usually in particular showing a ritual mamendet with Pendet dance. This Bali dance was…

Kecak Dance – A Unique Colossal Dance From Bali

Kecak dance is often called “Ramayana Monkey Chant” for the tourists is a dance in a relatively new form of drama but the show has become a very popular / famous and has become a must watch show for tourists both domestic and abroad. Dance scenes kecak been promoted in several postcard, tourist guide and others. Kecak was originally a trance ritual accompanied by male chorus. German painter and musician Walter Spies became deeply interested in the ritual while living in Bali in the 1930s and worked to recreate it into a drama, based on the Hindu Ramayana and including dance, intended to be presented to Western tourist audiences. This transformation is an example of what James Clifford describes as part of the “modern art-culture system” in which, “the West or the central power adopts, transforms, and consumes non-Western or peripheral cultural elements, while making ‘art’ which was once embedded…

Bali’s Janger Dance

It is rather difficult to trace the origin of Janger dance. No place in Bali admits to having been responsible for the first Janger dance. The north Bali says it came from south, the south attributed to north. If Bali makes Lombok responsible, Lombok says it learnt from Bali. Some expert said that the janger is derived from Sanghyang dance. The female and male choirs were taken away from Sanghyang Dedari and formed new composition. Some said that janger originated from the song of girls, who picked coffee beans from the trees in North Bali. When they were sitting together during their break in the work, they began to sing together, joined by a few boys and it developed into Janger. Other said it was the Balinese answer for Sumatran Rampak Sembilan dance. The popularity of this art performance reached its peak in 1960s, when nearly every village and every…

The Sacred Calonarang Dance

Calonarang dance is one of the sacred dance in Bali island. It is quite popular among the Citizen as well as the foreigners. It is connected to the legend of Leak in Bali. Calonarang Dance refers to the struggle between Rangda (Calonarang) and the great king Airlangga. Calonarang  was a widow of Girah who gave birth to a daughter in the jungle. Her daughter grew up to be the famed beauty Ratna Menggali. Calonarang  wanted her daughter to marry a prince from Airlangga’s palace. However, no prince came along. Infuriated by this, Calonarang  learned the art of black magic and practiced it against the kingdom, causing many people to die. When the king Airlangga heard of the epidemic in Girah, he consulted his high priest, Mpu Bharadah. The priest then sent his son to propose Ratna Menggali. Calonarang  was pleased, the curse ended, and the couple wed. Calonarang  inscribed her…

The Cordon of Baris Dance Guarding Bali Isle

Bali Island apparently has always escorted by tough and brave soldiers. North Bali guarded by soldiers who are ready to welcoming the enemy attacks with shields or Tamiang.  South Bali is guarding by soldiers armed with spears. East Bali desperately defended by the army with cudgel. West Bali escorted by soldiers with whips.  Central Bali guarded by troops with arrows.  Even the Nusa Penida island also feared by the enemies because it has a long lance armed forces.  Those  patriotic soldier of Bali land still exists until now. Those past Bali’s soldiers is now metamorphosed into various types of Baris dance which mostly presented in religious rituals. Most of cremation ceremonies in Singaraja commonly accompanied with Baris Presi dance performances.  When the important ceremonies is held in a large temple in Denpasar, mostly complemented by the presentation of Baris Gede dance.  Vow paid ritual in the Nusa Penida community, Klungkung,…

Barong Dance – A Sacred Bali Dance

The Barong dance is featured by a mythical monster with a long , sagging body built on a frame work of bamboo and string, which is covered with various kinds of material according to the animal whose mask it wears. The Barong masks still in use are : Macan (tiger), Bangkal (boar), Gajah (elephant), Singa (lion), Lembu (cow), but is universally know as Banaspati Raja, Sovereign Lord of the Forest. But specially Barong Landung covers two being giant puppets one male, one female, whose individual though still very generalized names are Jero Gde and Jero Luh. According to mythology Barong Ket is no other than the impersonification of Lord Siwa, descending from his heavenly world in order to help people against the devils and any other epidemics caused by the black magic practitioners. It is believed that such kind of practice is mostly done during the period of Galungan And…

About The Dynamics Balinese Traditional Performing Arts in the Cultural Tourism Context

Bali in Two Worlds Bali now is Bali which live in two worlds. Two very different worlds, mutual attraction, fighting for the real Bali’s natural spaces and Balinese psyche spaces. The first World is the traditional agrarian world that has existed since at least 4000 years ago, with Hindu spirit, as well as a wide range of cultural expression, and the other world is the world of modern Western civilization that came to Bali as a consequence of exploration and exploitation (colonization) of the Western World (Netherlands) at the beginning of the 17th century who introduced Bali to world trade, capitalism and consumerism increasingly globalized. The most obvious expression of the traditional agrarian world of Bali are hundreds types of custom-religious ritual that is still practiced by the Balinese, almost every time, and often involves some performing arts both sacred and secular (profane, entertainment). Being the presence of the modern…