Many men getting ready for the Kecak dance in Bali, Indonesia

Everything You Need To Know On The Balinese Kecak Dance

If you are planning a trip to Bali, you can’t possibly miss going to a Kecak fire dance. In this blog post, I will tell you literally everything you need to know on the Balinese Kecak dance so you will get the best experience ever in Bali!

Kecak is a form of Balinese Hindu dance taken very seriously in Balinese culture. It’s far more than a tourist attraction, you will see a lot of locals attending the performance too.

It’s also a lot more than a dance, it’s actually a trance-induced ritual with chanting, singing and acting.

The dance was developed around 1930 and represents the battle from the Ramayana, where the monkey-like Vanara led by Hanuman helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana.

What To Expect From A Kecak Dance

The performance consists of 50 to 100 men sitting in a circle. They are the “chanters” who will be chanting “chack-chack-chack” and singing. There will also be dancers/actors in the middle of the circle who will perform the battle from the Ramayana.

Expect to see an incredibly unique dance, together with singing, voice vibration and a lot of energy.

The costumes are also beautiful and detailed. At the end of the dance, the dancers/performers will light some coconut shells and walk on burning leftover pieces whilst they are in a trance state.

The overall performance lasts 1 hour and the pricing is around IDR 100k (around £5)

Where To See The Kecak Dance

The Kecak dance could be performed in many villages and temples, however, I’m only going to mention the top 2 locations;

#1 Uluwatu

The performance here is definitely magical because of its setting on top of a cliff facing the ocean and during the sunset.

Unfortunately, there is a big downside to consider. Monkeys! These monkeys are quite aggressive, much more than the ones at the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest. I’m talking about monkeys stealing your phone, jewellery, glasses and so on. This is only on the way to the dance venue, you will be totally undisturbed once you sit down to watch the show.

For this reason, I would strongly recommend a guide (you can book one on Airbnb or Get Your Guide) so that you can get a much smoother and more enjoyable experience.

#2 Ubud

This option is completely monkey-free. The Kecak dance in Ubud takes place at a temple, not far from Ubud Palace. It’s currently on Wednesdays and Sundays at 7 p.m. If you walk around Ubud Palace, you will see the locals selling tickets for IDR 100k (about £5).

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this blog post about everything you need to know on the Balinese Kecak Dance! The Kecak dance is a high-energy show that will capture your attention and senses from start to finish. If you want to see more Balinese dancing, you should go to the Ubud palace at weekends. There will be a dance rehearsal to watch whilst exploring the palace.

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Ciao for now,

Silvia x