Battle of Good and The Evil
Battle of Good and The Evil
PHOTOS BY: Alvin Toh
Battle of Good and The Evil 26. April 2017, Photos by Alvin Toh
The Kecak dance is one of the most spellbinding and rousing forms of art in Bali. Immerse yourself in the colorful culture of Bali.

The performance involves a chorus of at least 50 men, sitting in concentric circles and chanting: cakcak-cak-cak. With no instruments and just their voices, the men interweave as many as seven rhythms, creating a rich tapestry of sounds and textures.

Kecak performers relaxing backstage.
A dancer’s makeup kit.
The Kecak dance depicts the ongoing struggle between good and evil.

Along with other dance-drama performances in Bali, the Kecak depicts the ongoing struggle between good and evil, strong and weak, clean and unclean. There is usually no decisive resolution to this conflict. Instead, the audience is content with only a temporary victory of good over evil. “That is faith,” says  I Ketut Sutapa, a trance dancer in a Kecak troupe, “That there is always good and evil, but good wins.” Good and evil. People and nature. Splendour and simplicity. Everything interconnects in Bali, at the sweet spot between heaven and earth.



Sahadewa Tari Kecak & Sanghyang
Stage Chandra Budaya, Jl. Smki 25, Batubulan, Gianyar, Bali
Tel +62 361 298 607 / +62 361 295 264
Open 9.30am to 10.30am daily for Barong & Kris Dance
Open 6.30pm to 7.30pm daily for Kecak & Fire Dance