Set A1 Balinese Legong and Kebyar Dancers
The Legong dance depicts 2-3 young girls dancing in a semi-trance state. A fan is held in the right hand and constantly fluttered. Legend states that a goddess taught this dance to the dancers of an earthly king with whom she fell in love. The vivid dynamic of the Legong is underpinned by latent drama.
The girls are fitted out in winged headdresses, crowned with white and red flowers. Their bodies are wound with narrow gold cloth and over this is worn a wide golden stole in front. The central girl is termed the tjondong and she dances first. Eventually, she picks up three fans, passes them to the two other dancers termed legong and all three girls dance together.
LEGONG AND KEBYAR DANCERS
Above the sound of the gamelan music, a reciter tells the tale woven with this dance. Eventually the tjondong disappears, leaving the two legongs to act out various roles throughout the Legong dance. The dance is characterized by symmetry in movement in all aspects.
The Kebyar dance arose around the 1900’s with the evolution of the gamelan orchestra. It comprises a single male dancer, seated cross-legged in the middle of the orchestra who nimbly undulates his very supple upper torso and hands to the music. The Kebyar dancer is responsive to the orchestra, projecting every mood and nuance of rhythm. The sitting posture indicates his dependence on the orchestra. Accessories may include a fan and an extra length of narrow gold cloth wound around his torso, the train of which the dancer may pick up and flick around with his hands. He may wear a headcloth, with a red hibiscus flower over the left ear and wear make-up such as powder and painted lips.
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