Balinese dance and music are part of the cultural heritage in Bali. Many of the dances are rooted in the Hindu religion and the ancient stories. While in Bali, we were able to attend three different performances.
The first was the Barong Dance performed by the Semara Kanti troupe, with music accompaniment on the gamelan instruments. I didn’t completely follow the story line, but was surprised by the violence depicted.
second performance we witnessed was the Kecak Fire and Trance Dance performed by
the Padangtegal Kaja troupe. One of the
unique aspects of the kecak dance is that the gamelan instruments are not
used. Instead a choir of one hundred men
provides the music behind the dance. Near the end of this performance, a fire
it lit in the middle of the performance area (a little scary) and a dancer made
up like a horse walks through the fire and kicks the coals.