A visit to the exquisite and outstanding island of Bali can’t be called complete without witnessing some of the most fascinating and alluring traditional performances. A magnificent performance you certainly don’t want to miss is the traditional Kecak Dance, a spectacular Balinese masterpiece in the form of a dance and musical drama.
The beautiful dance performances are held in the open air at sunset time in Uluwatu, usually over a cliff facing the sea. Starting at sunset, the story continues into the dark, when a light comes only from twinkling bamboo torches. What makes this dance particularly exceptional is that the drama uses no unnatural background or artificial stage settings, no musical instrument. The focus is entirely on the concentrically seated about 50-60 men, bare-chested, wearing only exclusive Balinese sarongs around few shining bamboo torches in the center. Kecak Dance is simply performed on the chanting of the chorus of men representing an army of monkeys continuously echoing “Cak! Cak! Cak!” or “Keh-Chak" throughout the performance. This incredible human voiced orchestra is led by a vocalist, who supervises the high and low notes, and also acts as narrator.
The performance relates the shorter version of the epic Ramayana Saga with dancers playing as Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman, Sugriva, Ravana, and other characters.Kecak Dance is said to originate from a Balinese ancient ritual called Sanghyang, a form of exorcism or to repel evil spirits in which dancers fall into a dream.
Kecak Dance is regularly performed in many places all over Bali Island. However, the best place to watch this spectacular show is at the Pura Uluwatu every day. The dance can also be found at Tanah Lot, GWK Cultural Park, Pura Dalem Ubud, Padang Tegal Stage, Batubulan, Umadewi Stage, and more. The show timings at Uluwatu Temple are 7.30 pm till it ends.
Kecak Dance Stadium
Tradtional Bali Dances & Shows