This is a warrior's dance. It is usually performed by men, either solo or in a group of five or more; the dancers try to ... more!
The most famous of the Balinese dances, the Kecak originated from the Sanghyang dance choirs who chant a distinctive 'ke-chak-ke-chak' accompaniment. The Kecak, as a ... more!
This dance tells the story of the princess Rangkesari who is held captive against her will by King Lakesmi. Rangkesari's brother, Prince Daha, gathers an ... more!
The Sanghyang is a divine force that enters the bodies of the entranced dancers. There are a number of Sanghyang dances but the most common ... more!
In Pall, masks are considered sacred objects and revered as such. The best ones are traditionally carved on auspicious days and the dancers who wear ... more!
Jegog uses only gigantic bamboo tubes and trunks. The sound is impressive, and a competition among gamelan Jegog ensembles creates a cacophonic ... more!
Like other kinds of archaic sacred ensemble, gamelan Gambang is heptatonic and its repertoire is inspired by singing literature. Its strange xylophones provide the most ... more!
The religious processions are usually accompanied by a marching band. Bale Ganjur, the marital music, is played with drums, big cymbals, and gongs of all ... more!
The word Angklung originally referred to bamboo rattles. But today the rattles are rarely seen in Bali. The old bronze gamelan Angklung is common throughout ... more!
|Vocal Gamelan Music
In Kecak dance the vocal gamelan in which the chorus imitates the sounds of the gamelan percussion, the human voice replaces instruments in Cak-Cak. Inspired ... more!
|Gamelan Gambuh Music
The particularly of this gamelan is the use of long bamboo flutes. Meter-long flutes, two-stringed rebab (viol), kendang (drums), and old Javanese percussion instruments form ... more!
The music for the Joged dance is made with bumbung bamboo instruments.
This is a dance highly popular with tourist ... more!
|Wayang Kulit, shadow puppet theatre drama
It is Bali's most complex, sacred art form, a traditional medium of moral en spiritual instruction, and it is also wonderfully entertaining.
An oil lamp is ... more!
|Wayang Wong Drama
In the masked drama Wayang Wong, human performers take on the roles played by the shadow puppets of wayang kulit, and their movements are inspired ... more!
Gambuh , the oldest known dance drama on Bali, is consider the forebear of the classical dances and dance dramas inspired by Javanese literature.
Its legacy ... more!
The Annual Bali Arts Festival is a goverment-sponsored, mounthlong jambore, usually from mid June to mid July. It is held at the Werdha Budi Arts ... more!