Kecak Fire & Trance Dance (Pura Dalem Taman Kaja)

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Kecak Fire & Trance Dance (Pura Dalem Taman Kaja)

Kecak Fire & Trance Dance (Pura Dalem Taman Kaja)
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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wiriask
London, UK672 contributions
Sep 2011 • Couples
We went on a Friday evening and tickets were easy to get right in front of the Pura itself. I was afraid that the show would not go on as it was very cloudy, but they had back-up; firstly you can buy umbrellas there and secondly, when it did strat to drizzle, they moved all of us to the covered building right next to the open space! The move was fast and smooth and the show went on. We were mesmerised !!! That evening left a mark with us, truly enjoyable! The pura itself is very beautiful and with all the evening lights, it's very atmospheric, mystic. Enjoy the evening at Pura Dalem !
Written October 15, 2011
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mifinkeel
Melbourne, Australia308 contributions
Sep 2011
We saw the Kecak (monkey chant) performance by the Semara Madya troupe at Peliatan, a village 10 minutes drive from central Ubud. This troupe specialises in the kecak, and performs once a week on Thursday night. This was my favourite experience in Bali.

The temple setting of the performance is very atmospheric, with most light being provided by a tier of lamps in the centre of the stage. The performance seemed genuine, with a priest lighting incense and sprinkling holy water on the performers at the start. There is a circular chorus of about 50 "monkeys" who provide the background chak chak sound. The undulating chorus and arm movements to symbolise fire and wind, are mesmerising. There are also other characters with ornate costumes, including a king, princesses, a monkey god and king, and a garuda bird. The female characters are graceful and beautiful, with their legong-like movements.

A return shuttle is included in the price, with pick-up right outside the Ubud tourism office in Monkey Forest Rd. Tickets are only 75,000 rp (about $8) and kids are half price. Avoid the crowds flocking to the dance performances at Ubud Palace, and support this village community. There were only about 20 people in the audience, so you get a close-up view wherever you sit. I was sorry there weren't more people to see the dance, as the performers put their heart and soul into it.
Written October 11, 2011
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China147,399 contributions
Jul 2010
We've seen this Kecak Fire and Trance Dance, twice (2005) and last year (2010). Both times, it was impressive. A large number of locals join this nightly performance, must be 30-40 together, put on by the Taman Kaja Community.

Tickets are Rs 50,000 if I recall correctly. It is easy to purchase tickets, lots of street sellers hanging out at the Ubud Palace and Ubud Market, selling these tickets.

The Kecak is a hindu dance and story with a hunter, some demons, a monkey king and beautiful ladies. The female dancers perform a trance-like dance (Balinese style) that is so good it almost put me in a trance. At the end of the performance they set some coconut husks on fire and stomp on them, kicking burning ash around the floor. It gets really hot when this happens and seems like they will kick the burning husks onto you but never reaches that close and you end up with big grin on your face.

Overall, the Kecak Fire and Trance Dance is a great way to spend a couple hours during one of your nights in Ubud. We highly recommend attending this evening performance.
Written June 8, 2011
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Husnain R
10 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Sat on uncomfortable wooden benches for nearly 2 hours. About 50 men sat in a circle shouting cha cha cha every so often. The fire dance part is just a guy dressed up in a costume kicking hot coal around. Not my thing
Written April 19, 2020
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WoonLee
Singapore, Singapore33 contributions
Sep 2011 • Solo
First of all, I don't understand the dance.
Secondly, there is no music. The "music" was made up by human voices of more than 20 men. The dancers and these men sat around the giant candlestick and dancing not for the audience, because they weren't facing the audience half the time!
The highlight of the show was the kechak fire dance, whereby the "dancer" in trance were kicking the fire-lit coconut husks around the stage.
To think that I paid Rupiah 75,000 for this!
Written October 3, 2011
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Anon100001
London282 contributions
Mar 2012 • Couples
I'm not sure what other reviewers were watching. This was a complete and utter waste of time and money. For 1 hour, we along with the rest of the audience sat down with no clue about what was going on (there was a synopsis on paper but this was unclear). The show was so boring that a number of people in the audience fell asleep. For the most part, this felt like a bit scam. This was until the last 5 minutes when there was a small fire-dance which was incredibly dangerous - there was hot embers and smoke flying in the direction of the audience (including small children and some babies). Needless to say, I would not recommend this to anyone.
Written April 13, 2012
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Eugene R
Oakland, CA61 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
I only had the pleasure of seeing two cultural dances during my stay in Bali, and this one is a must see. There's nothing so powerful as a hundred men chanting around a big fire while dancers sheathed in gold dance out the motions of a story for you. However, I must warn you that tourists are inconsiderate, and it will be on you to discourage the use of flash photography by those around you. As a photographer myself, I can guarantee that using a flash anywhere around fire will give you the worst picture ever. Don't bother with it. If you don't know how to turn off your flash, put down your camera and just enjoy the show.
Written July 11, 2017
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Katrrrina_90
Riga, Latvia28 contributions
Jan 2016
The show itself was a magical experience. You can get hypnotized a bit by these singing men. Main story is a bit confusing but you still enjoy watching it; all these costumes and outfits are just amazing. The only thing that was bothering for the entire time was the audience. I totally get it, it's cool to see and worth remembering but taking pictures with flash isn't the best way to do it. Imagine 200 people sitting around and at least half of them is taking pictures every few seconds. Instead of focusing on the show you kind of feel like you're at the party. Come on, people, are you there to enjoy the dance or to show off your friends on Facebook where you are and how cool your day was? You can look up some pictures in the Internet that were already taken, I bet it works perfectly. In my honest opinion, it should be forbidden to use camera flash during the show.
Ps. No, I didn't not take a single picture.
Written January 28, 2016
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KathyB1971
Perth, Australia77 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
Looking for things to do with my nearly 18 year old on our last trip to Bali and we returned here for an evening entertainment. This was out second time seeing the performance and we found it just as enjoyable as when we saw it two years ago.

I love the face that you are so close to the performance, even at the most furthest seat and the singing is amazing!

Well worth the visit!
Written April 16, 2015
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DrClementLee
Miri, Malaysia210 contributions
May 2013 • Family
Watch this performance at Uluwatu. From previous reviews at tripadvisor, was advice to choose seat to view sunset 30 minutes before show. On that day, seats are almost full half an hour before show! People start coming in an hour before show including us. Very crowded like packed sandwich. Humid weather and no breeze makes waiting very uncomfortable. Felt bored while waiting. Will not be able to go to the toilet once you are seated at upper rows when lower rows are filled up. So do go to toilet before seating. Show itself is interesting but can get sleepy with humid weather. Entrance fee applicable. So is parking fee for vehicle.
Written June 9, 2013
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