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Balinese Dance and Music

Published March 11th, 2013

One of the best parts of Bali has to be the amazing traditional arts. They have amazing carvers and painters, a unique orchestra(the Gamelan), and a thriving culture of dances and theatre. Last night we attended a dance and musical performance that was by far the best I have seen yet in Bali. This dance school toured in the west in the 1950's and had a huge impact. The dance style is flawless and the musical theory mystifying. The tuning of the Gamelan orchestra is quite different from music in the west.

The Gamelan features a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, kendang (drums), gongs, bamboo flutes, and bowed strings. My descriptions of the these dances don't do them any justice so I will let the photos speak for me. Also I took a lot of video of both the orchestra and the dances, so when I have a chance to work on it and make something than you will really see how incredible and unique these art forms are.

Legong Dance

The beautiful Legong Dance, performed by two of the most experienced legong dancers in Bali . Bali, Indonesia

Legong Bali

Young girls study the legong dance from the age of three. These girls around the age of 12 seem to be already masters to me. Bali, Indonesia.

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