Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, nestled in the serene uplands of Bali, stands as a testament to the profound artistic legacy it embodies.
Beyond its enchanting array of sculptures, statues, and paintings collected over the years, this hidden gem has cast a spell on the local art scene, particularly through its mesmerizing Kecak extravaganza. This traditional Balinese dance and drama performance has transcended mere entertainment, becoming a must-have experience for those seeking the heart and soul of the island’s culture.
The Kecak Marvel: A Night of Artistry and Tradition
In a thrilling development, Tanah Gajah has recently expanded its Kecak performances to include a third night on its event roster. Now, every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday, a remarkable troupe of 60-70 bare-chested men graces the resort’s open-air amphitheatre to reenact the epic tale of Ramayana. This timeless narrative weaves together elements of love and war, triumph and tribulation, good versus evil, featuring human royalty and a monkey king.
The performers, in a trance-like state, rhythmically chant and dance in concentric circles around a crackling open flame beneath the twinkling Balinese stars, led by the mesmerizing chants of the monkey chorus.
Kecak’s roots stretch back almost a century to the 1930s when it first emerged in Bali. This captivating art form finds its origins in Sanghyang, an ancient and trance-like dance that also took shape on this mystical island. The evolution of Kecak represents a fascinating fusion of tradition and innovation, capturing the essence of Bali’s rich cultural heritage.
An Enchanting Evening Unfolds
The enchanting evening commences at 7 pm, as guests are graciously welcomed with a refreshing lemongrass beverage, accompanied by the gift of a fragrant frangipani flower, presented by Balinese women adorned in elegant traditional Kebaya attire.
As the sun sets, guests are ushered to their seats, arranged before one of the resort’s architectural marvels – the Candi Bentar, a stunning Balinese-style split gateway adorned with intricate elephant carvings. The design of the amphitheatre ensures that the audience enjoys ample space while still basking in the ambience of an intimate gathering.
Bathed in the warm, flickering glow of torchlight, guests are treated to a 30-minute Balinese Kecak and fire dance spectacle, where myth and reality collide in a dazzling performance. Following the show, guests have the opportunity to capture cherished moments with the talented performers. The magical evening culminates in a Royal Rijsttafel dinner experience at The Tempayan restaurant, offering a delectable three-course menu served family-style. For those seeking an even more intimate experience, private performances can be arranged upon request.
The Kecak performances will continue to captivate audiences three times a week until December 31st, 2023. Starting in 2024, the schedule will return to Tuesday and Friday performances. To secure your spot in this enchanting journey, be sure to make reservations in advance.
As the stars align and the fire dances, Tanah Gajah’s Kecak extravaganza promises an unforgettable evening of culture, artistry, and Balinese magic under the starlit canvas of Bali’s night sky.