As I walked through Ubud, I saw a small stage with many young girls milling about. They were not playing together, but practicing Balinese dance on this stage. There was only one adult woman, and she seemed to be the teacher. I guess the tradition of Balinese dance is supported by this kind of steady practice.
The girl in the photo was one of the girls participating in the Balinese dance practice there. She was in the middle of dancing, looking upward while maintaining her posture. The posture with chest out, hips sticking out and knees bent is the basic posture of Balinese dance called Canket. This posture is considered to be the "beauty" of Balinese dance. All the girls on the stage were practicing this posture called Canket.
However, according to a paper titled "Canket, Balinese dance technique," this posture is not a posture that has existed in Balinese dance for a long time, but one that emerged in the 1930s under the influence of Western culture. When I hear the word "traditional," I think of things that have existed for hundreds of years, but unexpectedly, there are also new things mixed in with the traditional look. I guess tradition is something that is constantly being updated.
|Oct 2009 INDONESIA PEOPLE|
|DANCE GIRL LESSON PRACTICE SARONG UBUD|
October 3, 2009
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