Also accompanied by the Gong Kebyar (see above), The Legong dance
is perhaps the most graceful of Balinese dances. It is performed
only by young girls 8-12 years old (after reaching puberty the girls
usually stop performing this dance). Three girls perform the dance
- 2 Legongs and an attendant. With their lithe bodies, the dance
tells the tale of a certain princess Rangkesari who is held captive
by King Laksmi. The princess' brother, Daha, tries to persuade King
Laksmi to let his sister go. When the king refuses Daha, gathers
an army together to force his sister's release. On his away to attack
King Laksmi Daha is attacked by a crow. This proves to be a bad
omen as later on Daha is killed in battle. Even though you never
see the male characters the dance ends as the King leaves to fight
Where to see the Legong Dance:
Puri Saren, Ubud Mondays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m.
Peliatan Village, Ubud Fridays 7.30 p.m.