Kecak and Fire Dance

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N.Paramita
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Dec 2021
Everything about it was amazing. The dance, the ambiance, the story, everything! The view is breathtaking. It is a must see whenever you go to Bali. Of course you can only see the performance if the weather is good, because the show is held out in the open area.
My tips for future traveler: if you come during holiday season (high season) do come early so you can get the best sitting position. Dont forget to prepare your camera, the memory card, the batteries so you wont miss the opportunity to capture the experience.
Written 22 December 2021
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Eleftheria A
Nafplio, Greece14 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
because i met and talked with the singers and actors of kecak fire dance, i can say that they are very warm and friendly people, with respect to their traditional history and mythology, they present to the tourists an authentic show of their customs, the place (ULUWATU) is amazing and the sunset is fantastic, its the right place to see the kecak and fire dance!!!

Written 9 August 2020
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Shreya Saha
Phitsanulok, Thailand939 contributions
Apr 2019
The Kecak dance narrates the episodes where Ramayana was sent to exile by his father King Dasaratha because of an evil trick by his stepmother Kaikeyi. Uluwatu’s setting matches with the deep monkey forest where Rama is accompanied by his wife Sita and loyal younger brother Laksamana. Later, Ravana who knew of this set out to kidnap Sita. Later, with the help of the monkey king Hanuman and his monkey troops, the two brothers rescue Sita and the lovers are finally reunited right after the setting sun. We had enjoyed the trip very much.
Written 17 March 2020
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T K
Rotterdam, The Netherlands12 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
50k entrance fee for the temple, 150k for the show that takes about a hour. Nice to see, but be aware the temple closes right after the show. Show is a 17:55. Better come earlier.
Written 14 March 2020
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Wildcat7400
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia876 contributions
Oct 2019
There are many places to catch the Kecak & Fire dance performance. But in my opinion, the best place to watch the Kecak & Fire dance would be at the outdoor amphitheatre near the Uluwatu Temple. The show unravels on a cliff against a backdrop of an amazing sunset in the background.

The daily Kecak & Fire dance starts at 6 pm & is usually for an hour. Tickets are priced at IDR150,000. The ticket booth will open at 5 pm. Get your tickets early as it is recommended to be at the amphitheatre 30 minutes before the show to get a good seat.

The traditional Balinese Kecak & Fire dance is one of the 9 most popular Balinese Hindu dances besides the Barong & Legong dance. The performance is based on Ramayana, the Hindu religious text regarding Lord Rama’s life. A leaflet about the Kecak & Fire dance will be given upon ticket purchase. There are 4 acts to the dance & details are given to explain each act.

Further reading states that “Kecak dance is derived from an old Balinese ritual called the “sanghyang”, a trance dance driven by its participants' repetitive chanting. In its ancient form, the “sanghyang” communicated the wishes of the gods or of the ancestors.”

Here, the Kecak & Fire dance is performed by a group of not more than 50 bare-chested men with checked sarongs tied around their waist sitting cross-legged in a circle chanting “Chak Chak Chak” repetitively & continuously. While chanting, they will also move their bodies to the left & right. The rhythm is a combination of slow & fast. When it speeds up, they raise their arms & hands trembling in the air, rhythmically. No musical instruments are used & the musical vocal chanting of “Chak Chak Chak” is like an acapella.

A loosely adaptation of the epic Ramayana is shown to the audience through the 4 acts. The dancers are all in elaborate Balinese costumes re-enacting the tale. The performance is about Sri Rama, the Prince of the Ayodha Kingdom who was exiled by his father due to his stepmother’s trickery & schemes. Rama & his beautiful wife, Sita went into the Monkey forest & was accompanied by Rama’s younger brother, Laksamana. However, King Alengka who lusted after Sita was able to kidnap Sita successfully. The 2 brothers had then engaged the help of the Monkey King, Hanuman in the rescue mission. Unfortunately, Hanuman was captured & was to be burnt. But using his magical powers, he was able to free himself from the fire after a priest comes in & blesses him. In a trance, the Monkey King was able to put the fire out using his barefoot. He is also one funny character that both kids & adults would learn to appreciate & like. At the end of the show, the audience are invited to take photos with the dancers in their elaborate colourful costumes & headgears.

A performance not to be missed as where else can you see a group of people chanting & putting out fire while being in a trance? It is also an opportunity to witness Balinese culture & theatre infused in a single window behind a magical sunset view.
Written 10 March 2020
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Mushfiqul Hoque
Dhaka City, Bangladesh137 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Just roam aorund the uluwatu temple. See the viewing points. The view is awesome. See the sunset. See the colour change in the sky. Dont waste the afternoon watching this. View is more important.
Written 8 March 2020
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KaiTor
Perth, Australia223 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Despite early rain, the stoic performers continued unabated in one of the best Kecak performances I have seen in Bali.

The temple itself is a big let-down but the show is worth the visit.
Written 6 March 2020
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Kadek tirta bali driver
Legian, Indonesia35 contributions
Mar 2020 • Business
Kecak dance is a dence that is acred dan ce in watiching tons in the evening before the evening and the dance has a fire dance that tells the story of an ancient hindu artist with the title rama yana
Written 4 March 2020
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Jacqui H
Point Cook, Australia131 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We visited with a group of 10 family members. The show was quite good however was let down by allowing people to come and go throughout the show and the repetitive sound of the “tap tap tap”, singing and sound. It became really annoying to the point of us wanting to leave early.
Written 4 March 2020
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aziz005
Brampton, Canada172 contributions
Jan 2020
One of the best shows that I have ever seen.
There is NO Orchesta, but it has around of 70 choirs men accompanied There are performers making odd sounds from their own mouths and it seems so melodious. They depict the story of the Hindu myth, The Ramayana.
The performers were superb in their art as they displayed real zeal and performed to their very best. The costumes used were of top quality and top-notch. Special mention of the person who played Hanuman. He was so energetic and made everyone in the audience laugh to splits. The show will definitely keep you engaged.
Must see when you are here.
The sun setting at the backdrop of the Ocean is a beholding sight.
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Written 2 March 2020
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