Bali’s Kecak Dance brings together chant and movement in a dramatic retelling of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. This classic love story depicting the struggle of good versus evil captivates audiences with its trance-like chant, intricate head and eye movements, and dramatic fire scene in which the “ring of fire” is stamped out by the male chorus with their bare feet.
The Kecak Dance was created in the 1930s based on the ancient Balinese ritual sanghyang in which dancers fall into a trance. It is the unaccompanied chorus of male voices that sets this dance apart from the others on the touristic calendar which are usually accompanied by the Indonesian ensemble of percussion instruments known as gamelan.
The dance is also referred to as the Fire Dance or Ramayana Monkey Chant. It can be viewed in numerous locations across Bali including Uluwatu and Tanah Lot.