Legong Keraton Dance

Legong Keraton Dance

- in Ceremony and Performance, Art, Culture

E-73-11-LEGONG-KRATONITS–The LegongKeraton dance is closely related to Javanese Hinduism not only because of its history but also of its performance.In the past, this kind of dance was performed as a ceremony devoted to Sanghyang Dedari and held only in the palace. It was attended only by the Kings and their family members. At that time the dance was performed once in 210 days. However, since the 19th century it has been known outside the palace by the women who entertained and danced in the palace.

The original legong dance still exists in the villages in Bali as Benoh and Teges. The modern legong dance has rapidly grown throughout Bali.

The dancers of the legong dance used to wear masks in their dancing, but they no longer do since a legong dancer from Blahbatuh created legong bandir, aversion of the original dance in which dancers do no use masks.

The composition of dancers consists of three young girls, two of which wear the same costume while the other acts as opening dancer. The latter is also called Condong (dance companion).

As far as the musical instruments are concerned, the legong dance is accompanied by special legong gamelan musical instruments, which generates a certain musical sound and helps determines the stages of the dance.

Every legong dance must have “pengawak” or “pengecet”, an abstract duet which functions as the main role of the music composition. This duet is accompanied by musical sounds which differ from each version of the dance.

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