Watch the world famous Kecak Fire Dance

This, once in a lifetime experience, is something not to be missed during your trip to Indonesia.

Taking your seat at the cliff-top amphitheatre on Bali’s southern Bukit peninsula, you’ll have the best seat in the world as the performance takes place in-front of a blanket of ocean.

The Kecak Fire Dance is one of the most iconic performances in South East Asia despite the fact that it was actually adapted and turned into a drama by Walter Spies, a German painter and musician, in the 1930’s.

Kecak was originally performed as a trance ritual which included a male chorus and after witnessing the performance during the time he spent living in Bali, Walter Spies decided to adapt it for Western audiences.

The dance is now based on the Hindu Ramayana story which is about the struggle of Prince Rama to rescue his wife from the demon king Ravana.

75-150 people are usually involved in the show, demonstrating an incredible feat of chorography and bravado from start to finish.

Starting at around 18:00, just as the sun has started to fall into the ocean, the troupe will descend upon the stage with their arms pushed towards the sky, chanting ‘Chak! Chak! Chak!’ to begin the show.

Five distinctive chapters will follow as dancers in elaborate and colourful costumes will re-enact the epic tale which is packed full of drama, suspense, love and heartbreak.

You’ll be given a pamphlet at the start of the show so you can follow the narrative and enjoy the story properly.

The performance will conclude while a spectacular sunset lights up the sky, bringing the dance to a stunning and emotive end.

Highlights

  • Watch the sunset over Uluwatu Temple

  • Enjoy a performance of one of the most traditional dances in Indonesia

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