Bali - The Legong
My favorite of the Balinese Dances, the Legong is a palace dance that features the prettiest young girls. The dancers used to be (and sometimes still are) hand picked by the local prince.
Gorgeous costumes and an array of eye, shoulder, hand, head, hip, and foot movements dazzle us.
No part of the costume or the dancer is wasted.
|Every time I see the Legong, I discover
something new about it.
And every dancer brings a unique perspective to the dance.
Don't misunderstand me.
Nor is it an explosive celebration, like the Tahitian Dances.
Balinese dance is all of this, and none of this.
When performed well, there is a perfect synchronization between the
Tjondong and the gamelan orchestra.
The Legong follows (loosely) a story about a princess, a king, a
kidnapping, and a bird of omen.
When we're in Bali, we try to see at least a couple of different legong dances.
|The ones at Puri Saren Ubud (The Ubud Palace, a unique hotel
that I heartily recommend, by the way) are good, and easy to get to.
As an added treat, tomorrows' Legongs are practicing today at the Ubud Palace.
In another 3 years, this princess-in-training will probably be transfixing me and and plenty of others.