Bali, Legong dance

Written by on July 7, 2012 in Bali Dance with 0 Comments

Bali, Legong dance

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The Trunajaya dance describes the emotions of a young man through love and passion. The dance movements reflect the theme of courtship and love.

Truna meaning ‘single’ and jaya meaning ‘to win’ immediately gives an understanding of the dance. Ironically, the dancer are young women who take on the role of young men. The women wear a ‘destar’ normally worn by men and an unusual loin-cloth called a ‘kancut’. The Trunajaya is normally danced by a single female but sometimes two, dancing together in synchronous movements and to the mesmorotic sounds of the ‘Gong Kebyar’, a fast, rhythmic beat which goes in harmony to the dance. The dance was created by Wayan Wandres, from Singaraja, Northern Bali.

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