Kecak dance

Kecak dance

Of all the dances seen on Bali today, the Kecak dance is perhaps the most dramatic. Taken from the Hindu epic Ramayana, the dance tells the story of Prince Rama and his rescue of Princess Sita, who has been kidnapped by the evil King of Lanka. Unlike other dances, there is no gamelan orchestra accompanying it. Instead, a troupe of over 100 bare-chested men serve as the chorus, making a wondrous cacophany of synchronized “chak-achak-achak” clicking sounds while swaying their bodies and waving their hands.


De toutes les dances pratiquées à Bali de nos jours, le Kecak est peut-être la plus dramatique. Tirée du Ramayana hindou, la danse raconte l’histoire du Prince Rama et de son sauvetage de la Princesse Sita, qui a été kidnappée par le méchant Roi de Lanka. Contrairement aux autres danses balinaises, il n’y a pas d’orchestre Gamelan qui l’accompagne. A l’inverse, une troupe de plus d’une centaine d’hommes torses nus jouent le chorus, créant une superbe cacophonie de sons cliquetants “chak-achak-achak” synchronisés, tout en ondulant leurs corps et en agitant leurs mains.

 

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