If you’re in Bali, don’t miss the famous Kecak Dance. The renowned Balinese dance is performed regularly at the Uluwatu Temple in Bali. A Kecak performance is very simple. It is performed by fifty men wearing loin-cloth and dancing in rows of circles while chanting the words ‘Cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak’ rhythmically and repeatedly. In the middle, there is a coconut oil lamp.
The Kecak Dance is usually performed for dance-dramas revolving around the Ramayana epic, although the famous epic was only inserted into the dance in the 1930s. Originally, the dance is part of the Sang Hyang sacral dance, which, according to ancient Balinese belief, is used to communicate with spirit gods or ancestors who have been sanctified. The dancer becomes a media liaison that the gods or ancestors can use to convey messages.
The Kecak Dance is the most unique dance in Bali, mainly because it is not accompanied by any musical instruments but only by a chanting choir. To watch the performance at the Uluwatu Temple, visitors have to buy tickets at 70,000 rupiahs per person. The shows start at 5:00 PM and are held on a daily basis.
The Uluwatu Temple is a Hindu temple located at the Uluwatu cliff, which offers overlooking views of the Indian ocean. To get there from the center of Bali, it is best to take a cab since the road is uphill. Many Uluwatu Temple tours are also available; these usually combine the Kecak performance with the other attractions in the Temple, such as fire dancing.