If you have been in Bali Island, Indonesia, Kecak Dance is probably the show that you were watching. There are many people sit down in a circle while some others are dancing in the middle. It is very unique for sure since this type of dance is indeed the only one in the world. More than that, do you know that the dance has some amazing facts behind? Here they are 5 Amazing Facts about Kecak Dance in Bali.
1. Ramayana Epos Presentation
Kecak Dance is a dance with a high moral message implied. It is reasonable since this dance takes the story of Ramayana. The story presented is mainly about a part when Rahwana tries to kidnap Shinta. Then, Rama, the protagonist which is also the husband of Shinta, struggles to save and bring his wife back. Not only is it about the story but also the dance gives messages about the bravery, strategies, and even loyalty with the spouse.
2. A Dance without Music
If commonly and ideally, dance should be accompanied by music behind, it is not like that for Kecak Dance. Kecak Dance is indeed well-known as a dance without musical instruments. The only accompaniment of the dance is the sound of “cak, cak, cak” that comes from the dancers’ mouth. Yes, it is just like you seeing the acapella music group. They utter and sing “cak, cak, cak” in harmony so that it is very beautiful to listen. Moreover, the sounds are just in line with the dance movement.
3. Uncountable Dancers
A group of Kecak dancers commonly consists of around 20-30 people along with the main dancers. However, there is actually no exact rule regarding maximum dancers. Of course, to make a circle it should be around 10 people or more in it. But maximally, the dancers are uncountable. It is even possible for thousands of people to join the dance as long as they know the movement and sound well. The most number of dancers that has been reported is 5000 people. The number has broken the MURI record (Indonesian Guinness Book of Record) as the most dancers to involve in Kecak Dance.
4. A Hinduism Ritual and Ceremony
Although Kecak Dance is better known as an artwork, it is originally a Hinduism ritual and prayer. Therefore, even each movement of the dance basically represents certain meaning. Of course, the meaning is only known by the Hindu people on Bali. As information, Balinese Hinduism is a little bit different from other teachings of Hinduism in other areas like India. Although the religious outline is the same, some details are known to be different. Kecak Dance is one of the details that differentiate Balinese Hinduism and the others.
5. It is presented in some areas in Bali
You cannot watch the show anytime you want. Besides, the locations where the dance is conducted are also limited.
If you want to enjoy it, you need to visit Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Tanah Lot, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, Batu Bulan, and Pura Dalem Ubud. You must see the schedule first.