Every Monday, the dramatic Kecak dance is played out with its famed chorus of men, chanting alongside a powerful love story peppered with characters based on the romantic Ramayana tale. An authentic Indonesian menu is served as part of this unique, world-renowned experience every Monday from 7pm.
The story of Kecak Dance
The Kecak Dance is a traditional Balinese dance, which is not accompanied by any instruments, but a choir of men. The choir sits in rows circling a meter-high oil lamp with several branches. Their movements imitate nature, as they portray wind, fire and trees.
This story is an excerpt from the Ramayana, the Hindu epic. Prince Rama, heir to the throne of the kingdom of Ayodya, and his wife Sita, have been banished from the kingdom by King Dasarata as a result of trickery. Rama and Sita accompanied by Rama’s brother Laksmana go in to the forest of Dandaka.
The trio is observed by the demon king Rahwana, who lusts after the beautiful Sita. Rahwana sends his Prime Minister Marica to try and isolate Sita so that Rahwana can kidnap her. Marica’s magical powers turn him into a golden deer and he enters the forest. When Sita sees the golden deer she is so enchanted by it that she asks Rama to capture it for her. Rama chases after the deer and his brother Laksmana follows. Sita is left alone inside a magic circle to protect her. Rahwana uses this opportunity to trick Sita to step outside the circle and he kidnaps her and brings her to his palace.
Rama and Laksmana set out to rescue Sita from the clutches of the demon king. They are joined by an army of monkeys under the command of their leader, Sugriwa, and engage in battle with Rahwana’s army controlled by his son, Meganada. In the end good prevails, when Rama defeats the evil king and succeeds in getting his wife back.
Every Wednesday, entertainment reaches new heights at the Budaya Cultural Theatre. The hotel presents the Legong Dance performance on Wednesdays* in this Balinese amphitheater while a dinner is served. The authentic Balinese buffet dinner includes the famous Babi Guling (suckling pig).
The history of Legong Dance
First Dance: Panyembrama
Panyembrama is an adaptation of dances performed at temple ceremonies, during which offerings are made. Four girls carry a bowl of flowers to the audience as a welcome gesture.
Second Dance: Baris Dance
The word “Baris” means “a line of troops” and the Baris dance depicts warriors preparing to confront the enemy. The dancers come to the stage with spears, swords or shields – depending on the type of Baris dance being performed. The powerful boom of the kebyar and gede gongs keeps the rhythm as the dancers’ movements intensify. This dance is performed to welcome the Gods and ancestors to the earth.
Third Dance: Cendrawasih Dance
This dance depicts the lust of the birds of paradise in the mountains of Irian Jaya. It is comprised of the basic movements and dance traditions of Bali, although some movements have been developed with modern interpretations.
Fourth Dance: Legong Kraton Dance
This is a complex, classical dance from Bali, which is bound by the rhythm of the percussion accompaniment. The word Legong is comprised of “leg” which means the motion of fluid dance and “gong” meaning gamelan (a traditional Indonesian instrument), implying that this dance is a combination of movements based around the accompanying percussion.
Beach BBQ & Fire Dance
A selection of fresh seafood delicacies with a fish market theme and a breathtaking fire dance.
Tempt your taste buds with Bali Style Crabs, Indonesian Fish Cakes or famous items such as “otak-otak” and our shaved ice dessert bar.
Rp 325,000++ per person
Half price for child aged 5 to 12 years old