When I saw Jardness & Arabellamocha’s post on Kecak Dance, it somewhat flew me back to my first experience of Kecak Dance. Mine was a different experience though! Regardless of the many times I have been toBali, I saw Kecak Dance first at Java Jazz Festival 2012 when Bobby McFerrin, the American vocalist featured the whole troop of Kecak Dancers in his slot. Bobby McFerrin is most famous for his song that coincides with what we wish everyday, ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’. Performing a dub step show for one hour that awed the audience, he invited the Kecak Dancer from Bali for added performance.
It was superbly amazing! One of the best shows I have seen.
So that was an amazing start to Kecak Dance right?
My recent trip to Bali had given me the opportunity to watch Kecak Dance at Ubud, not at the famous Uluwatu Kecak Dance.
Kecak dance is a dance and music drama originated in the 1930s performed primarily by men. The performers wear checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting “cak” and throwing theirs arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana and Vanara (the monkey-like creature) helps Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana.
As for me who was not well-versed on the story line of Kecak Dance, I tried to decipher each act of the performers in a circle of men chanting “cak”. Some kecak dancers were really into it, as if they were possessed by some kind of spirits. In Ubud, most of the kecak dancers were the elderly.
At the end of the dance, one dancer ran over burning fire. Ouch, ouch and ouch. I wonder if it’s hurt his feet.