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Kecak Fire and Trance Dance in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Written By: herbrunbridge - May• 26•10
The character of Laksamana
The character of Laksamana

Traditional dance is an art form that attracts many to the islands of Bali and Java, and one of the finest Balinese troupes we’ve seen is the Taman Kaja Community’s Kecak Fire and Trance Dance. Held each Wednesday and Saturday night at 7:30 at the Pura Dalem Taman Kaja. 

The Kecak monkey chant that accompanies the dance is provided by the human voice, the gamelan suara, a choir of a hundred men or more sitting in concentric circles, swaying, standing up, lying prone as the story develops. Amongst the swaying masses the voices of the storytellers can be heard telling the unfolding tale, a story fragment of the Ramayana. 

Following the Kecak, a trance dance, the Sanghyang Djaran, is performed on burning coconut husk coals. We found this to be an unforgettable evening of music, dance, and Balinese culture, and not to be missed. 

Desa Pakraman Taman Kaja
Sri Wedari Street, just north of Jaslan Raya Ubud
Tel: 0361-970508

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