This may be the most famous of Balinese dances but it is not a traditional
dance. It was developed in the 1930s in the village of Bona
specifically to cater to Western tastes. With no musical instruments
accompanying this dance the dance troupe is "accompanied"
by a large group of men (the more the better), naked from the waist
up chanting kechak-ke-chack. The story of the dance
is taken from the Ramayana epic and tells how the evil King Rahwana
uses trickery to kidnap Rama's wife Dewi Sita and how Rama with
the help of the white monkey army rescues his wife and defeats evil.
While there are no trances or daggers flaying about this is still
a very exciting dance to watch.
Where to see the Kecak Dance:
Catur Eka Budi, (Art Center) Denpasar, Daily 7:00 p.m.
Bona Village Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 p.m.