❓Did you know that there is a word for the iconic sideways glancing movement of the 👀 'eyes' in Balinese Dance? It is sledet. And, that all aspects of dance, like the culture are balanced with poise in agem kanan (right), tengah (centre) and agem kiri (left). These opposing and centering elements are reflected in the choreography of the Legong Era themes and mythological storytelling of dance in its traditional form. .
Learn these interesting facts through movement in our 👫 Community 'Introduction to Balinese Dance' class with the delightful Evie @Mekar_Bhuana. It is fun and a class for everyone.
TIP 🗣 It is a great idea to do a class before you take in one of Ubud’s spectacular gamelan orchestra’s and mythological dance performances as well. It is guaranteed to change the way you enjoy a night out at the theatre. Once you have tried the subtle aspects of movement incorporating these elements in their male or female poses you will be struck with new found appreciation for the talent of the performers. You will also appreciate why Balinese Dance is valued as a national icon of the arts.
See how, like lightest waves at play, the airy dancers fleet;
And scarcely feels the floor the wings of those harmonious feet.
Ob, are they flying shadows from their native forms set free? ~ Friedrich Schiller
A beautiful shot from Coalesce the NESS SBSC fest 2k18.
We are in the Karamojong region this weekend. If you would like to learn fascinating things about this tribe, this is your time. This is a region where cows and goats are more treasured than cash. Usually transactions are carried out by using an animal in exchange. Their main diet includes sorghum, milk, blood, beans and meat. Yesterday we met a few nomads holding roasted wild rats. Their ancestors taught them to avoid things like sugar and oils which you will not find in a village. The oldest living person was 116 years old.
Women take care of the home, plant food, and Build a house. The men and boys take care of animals only. You never find them in the village, they are usually out in grazing animals and spend nights in Kraals, something we had to experience.
Polygamy is very common so long as your cows can help you marry more women. Usually in this culture, you have to wrestle a woman before you marry her, if you fail, she is not yours.