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Raffles Bali - The Kecak Dance: A Mesmerizing Performance in Bali
February 15th 2023

The Kecak Dance: A Mesmerizing Performance in Bali

Kecak, a form of Balinese Hindu dance and music drama, is a true masterpiece of Bali’s cultural heritage. Developed in the 1930s by Walter Spies, this dance is based on the story of Ramayana and is performed primarily by men. The first women’s Kecak group was formed in 2006, and since then, this performance has been enthralling audiences in temples and villages across Bali.

Also known as the “Ramayana Monkey Chant,” the Kecak Dance is performed by a group of up to 150 men, who wear checked cloth around their waists, and chant “chak” in unison while moving their hands and arms rhythmically. The performance showcases a battle from the Ramayana, with the Vanaras, led by Hanuman, helping Prince Rama defeat the evil King Ravana. The Kecak Dance has its roots in Sanghyang, a traditional Balinese dance that induces a trance-like state.

Kecak Dance performances take place daily at 6 pm in Balinese Hindu temples. The dancers include the male-chanters and the main Ramayana performers who play the roles of Sita, Rama, Lakshmana, Ravana, Hanuman, and Jatayu. Some sections of the Kecak Dance include trance rituals, such as the depiction of the burning of Hanuman, where the dancer playing Hanuman enters a trance state and performs a fire-kicking dance without feeling any pain.

Uluwatu Temple is well-known for its Kecak Dance performance set against the backdrop of a mesmerizing sunset. With a private limousine transfer and reserved front-row seats, you can witness this enchanting dance in complete comfort. The dancers move in concentric circles, chanting together to create a breathtaking wall of human sound. After the performance, you can return home for a progressive South East Asian degustation dinner at Rumari Restaurant.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the magic of Kecak Dance. Contact our Butler to arrange a visit to Uluwatu Temple and be captivated by this mesmerizing performance set against a spectacular sunset backdrop.