The best performances in Bali that you have to watch
Most Balinese dances are inspired by the Hindu epic of Ramayana and Mahabarata. The tradition of these forms and movement are passed on to girls and boys from a very young age. They are required to train with under precise rules and discipline schedule. Nowadays, travellers are more likely to have the chance to learn the dance in many classes held in traditional villages and are hired to perform a show at hotel resorts or even your villa, usually accompanied by the traditional Balinese gamelan orchestra. Most all types of dances will require vivacious and gracious movement of all parts of the body, including expressive facial, eyes, and hand gestures. Each village (especially in Ubud and Gianyar) usually have very highly skilled dancers and teachers. Many great dancers from Gianyar have even travelled to perform on international stages from hundred of years ago.
What’s interesting about these Balinese Dances?
Balinese Dances & Traditional Performances are a dynamic form of art with a strong connection to religion. It plays an important role in the Balinese life and is a way of connecting with the gods, either as a welcome for visiting gods or even as a communication channel in certain trance dances. Every performance will start with an offering, and dancers will pray on the day of performance to receive Taksu, which has no clear translation in the English language but can only be closely described as Divine Inspiration. The dances are most often performed during temple festivals and important ceremonies on a weekly base at some places dedicated for tourists to observe as well.