Kecak Dance | Traditional Dance Of Indonesia


Kecak (pronunciation: / 'ke.tʃak /, roughly "KEH-chahk", an alternative spelling: Ketjak, Ketjack), is a typical Balinese performing arts that was created in the 1930s and played mainly by men. This dance is performed by many (tens or more) male dancers who sat lined circle and with a certain rhythm called "cak" and raised both arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana where the monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Rahwana. However, However, Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance. The traditions dance who make the dancer will be in unconscious condition, to communicate with God or the spirits of the ancestors and then convey their expectations to the community.

The dancers were sitting in a circle is wearing plaid fabric like a chessboard that circling their waist. Besides the dancers, there were other dancers who portray the characters of Ramayana like Rama, Shinta, Ravana, Hanuman and Sugriwa.

Kecak dance songs taken from the ritual dances, Sanghyang. It's not use anything instruments. Only used kincringan imposed on foot of dancers who portray the characters of Ramayana.

Around the 1930's Wayan Limbak worked with German painter, Walter Spies, to recreate the Kecak Dance based on the tradition of the Ramayana story. Wayan Limbak popularized the dance by traveling throughout the world with Balinese performance groups. These travels have helped to make the Kecak famous throughout the world.

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