Girl Practicing The Traditional Balinese Dance

Girl practicing Balinese dance
Shot in the city of Ubud, Bali ©Tetsu Ozawa
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Some girls practiced the Balinese dance in the small stage in a street corner in Ubud

While walking around Ubud, I found a small stage at the corner of the town. A lot of little girls were buzzing around on the stage. I saw an adult woman as well, but she seemed to be a teacher. The girls were practicing Balinese dance under this teacher. I guessed this kind of practice is the reason why Balinese dance has kept its tradition.

The girl in this photo was one of the girls who joined the Balinese dance practice. The girl in the middle of the dance was keeping her posture and looking upwards. This posture is the basic posture of Balinese dance called "Canket". This posture is the beauty of Balinese dance.

However, this posture was not existed in the ancient Balinese dance, which was influenced by the western culture in 1930s. When we hear the word "traditional", we think that only things that have existed for hundreds of years have existed, but there are unexpectedly new things mixed in with the traditional things. Tradition is something that is constantly being renewed, I suppose.

日本語
Oct 2009 INDONESIA PEOPLE

Where is Ubud?

PHOTO DATA

No

3236

Shooting Date

Jun 2009

Posted On

October 3, 2009

Modified On

October 12, 2020

Place

Bali, Indonesia

Genre

Candid Photography

Camera

CANON EOS 1V

Lens

EF85MM F1.2L II USM

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