Bali’s Legong Dance

The most graceful of Balinese dances, this is the epitome of classical Balinese female dancing. A legong, as the dancer known, is often a young girl of eight or nine years, rarely older than her early teens. It was first created in the 18th Century and is usually the first dance to be taught to beginners. There are many forms of Legong, the most frequently performed dance being the Legong Keraton or Legong of the Palace. The story of the Legong is very stylized and symbolic and one should know the story before actually watching the performance. The Legong involves three dancers – two legongs and their ‘attendant’, the condong. The legongs are identically costumed in gold brocade, which is bound so tightly that it is a mystery such agitated and rapid moves could be made. With elaborately made-up faces, plucked eyebrows that are boldly repainted, and hair decorated with…

Baris Dance Review

Baris Dance is one of the most important sacred dance on Bali island. The dance’s name is taken from the uptake ‘bebarisan’ word, which means ‘a file line formation’ literally. Which is also closely related to the warrior of ancient Balinese Kingdom, who served as soldiers in general. Baris is famous as a warrior or patriotic dance as well, in addition to its function as a ritual dance. Only men allowed to perform this dance and usually in a group with the number between four to sixty people. Shows the physical toughness of a man is the nature of this dance ritual. Evidenced by the maturity of the military skills such as discipline and the use of weapons (spear). This dance is usually performed only in religious rituals such as Galungan and Kuningan, and also in the Temples during the Hindu Bali ceremonies. Baris Dance staging in the largest temple…