SET A2 Balinese Baris Dancers

 

Of all Balinese dances, the most splendid is Baris which is a warrior dance. There are different kinds of Baris dances, sometimes peculiar to specific mountain villages. It has religious as well as martial overtones. They may be danced by any number from four to sixty men or boys.

The head-dress keeps the triangular framework, adorned with colour and ornaments. The dress is white top and trousers, with an overcoat of multiple colours. The characteristics of Baris are the costumes, head-dress, dances with stances on one foot and sometimes war cries.

There are many types of Baris dances performed by varying numbers of dancers which are usually named according to the item used in the dance, such as a lance, a shield, a food offering and so on.

The Baris Gede, Baris Djodjor or Baris Toembaek involves several men each armed with a painted lance. The movements are generally stately, with no sudden movements.

 

BARIS DJODJOR

 

The Baris Presi is a dance involving 6 men, each holding a small wavy shield (presi).  The dance movements include swift turns, long stances on one leg, dips and swift eye glances.

 

BARIS PRESI

 

In Baris Pendet, the accent is on the food offering. It is generally danced by boys and takes place during a temple feast.

 

BARIS PENDET

 

The stylized costumes here are based largely on old photos taken from the books Dance and Drama in Bali (1986) and The Imaginary Museum (1995). Contemporary Baris costumes tend to have more overhanging stoles for dramatic impact.

 

Each set contains 4 Baris dancers. There are several variations offered in this series:–

SET A2a Baris Djodjor with lance kneeling

SET A2b Baris Presi with a small wavy shield

SET A2c Baris Pendet with food offering

SET A2d Baris Toembaek with lance standing

 

Set A2a Baris Djodjor

 

Set A2c Baris Pendet