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  • Kecak Masterpiece at Bali Theatre

    Spectacular Dance Show at Bali Safari and Marine Park


    The Kecak Masterpiece at Bali Theatre is the latest addition to the list of spectacular shows that you can see on your holiday in Bali. It brings one of Bali’s most iconic dance performances, the Kecak dance, to a whole new level, presented in an inspired choreography set on Bali's largest and most advanced indoor stage at the Bali Safari and Marine Park. The show debuted mid-February 2016, and is now the theatre’s second spectacle after the successful Bali Agung Show.

    The new show lasts for an hour, and features a fascinating performance by over a hundred dancers who display the iconic movements and choral chants that gave the dance its name. Even though the performance makes good use of the ultramodern stage with sophisticated lighting, a compellingly orchestrated soundtrack and sound effects, Kecak Masterpiece at Bali Theatre pays great homage to its humble origins.

  • Long-time Bali Theatre collaborator and Balinese artist Made Sidia, who is a well-established Balinese dance master and choreographer, followed the steps of the originator of the Kecak dance, Wayan Limbak, in coming up with the new Kecak Masterpiece arrangement. Limbak himself created the Kecak dance in his home village of Bona in Gianyar back in the 1930s, collaborating with renowned German artist and musician, Walter Spies.

    Much in the spirit of the Bali Agung Show, this modern take on the Kecak dance has the hundred or so men and women chant in a fast-paced chorus, while their energetic hand gestures move in accord providing a dramatic effect. This is intertwined throughout the show with backlit screens that change to theme, the voice of a narrator that guides you through the underlying drama (taken from episodes from the Ramayana epic), acrobatics hanging from the ceiling, giant puppets and the main protagonists and supporting extras in dazzling costumes.

    Sidia breathed new life into one of his personally favourite repertoires, interlacing the Kecak dance as we have long known with other subtle Balinese dance elements such as the contemporary Tek Tok dance, which similarly features an interplay of rhythmic vocals and choreography, and of which Sidia also co-created. The show is suitable for all ages, and is performed daily, except Mondays.

    Show tickets are only IDR 100,000 (around USD 7.50) per person, and a package is available for IDR 350,000 (USD 26.70) for adults and IDR 175,000 (USD 13.50) for children aged 3 to 12 years that includes a Balinese buffet dinner after the show at 18:00.

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