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Balinese Dance "Legong" and "Kecak" in modern Paintings (5/10)

We know Balinese Dances as: "Trance Dance" to enforce the warriors, "Temple Dance" to delight the gods and "Royal Dance" to please the princes in their palaces. Today there are many traditional performances and modern choreographies of Balinese Dance.

In the "Legong" dance there are two dancers, dressed like twins, who tell the story of a prince and his kidnapped princess. The dance wins its tension by the change of synchrony and asynchrony. A third dancer (the "Condong") appears, playing a messenger, who already knows the couple's happy end.

At night, accompanied by the light of torches, numerous dancers wove their half-naked bodies to the "Kecak", a Balinese Trance Dance. In such an impressive, wild atmosphere episodes from Ramayana are narrated.
The "Kecak" goes back to the 1930ies, when the German painter Walter Spiess created this new choreography based on different Balinese dances for the film "Island of the Demons".
 

BALINESE DANCE

BALINESE DANCE
pencil, tempera and acrylic on canvas,
1993, 70 x 80 cm
14193313

With DANCING EYES Iz Maglow painted the Balinese girls, who practice the "LEGONG", an ancient, royal dance. Extreme artificial discipline up to each finger marks this dance about a kidnapped princess.
 

BALINESE DANCE / LEGONG

BALINESE DANCE / LEGONG
tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 42 cm
11095020
 

LEGONG DANCE

LEGONG DANCE
tempera on paper,
1995, 42 x 30 cm
14095033
private collection
Frankfurt / Germany
 

LEGONG DANCE

LEGONG DANCE
tempera on paper,
1995, 42 x 30 cm
11095040
private collection
Frankfurt / Germany
 

OLEG TAMBULILINGAN

OLEG TAMBULILINGAN
tempera on paper,
1995, 40 x 30 cm
11095041
private collection
Stuttgart / Germany
 

LEGONG DANCE

LEGONG DANCE
tempera on paper,
1995, 42 x 30 cm
11095042
 

CONDONG

CONDONG
tempera and acrylic on canvas,
1995, 66 x 55 cm
11095054
 

BALINESE DANCE / LEGONG

BALINESE DANCE / LEGONG
tempera and acrylic on canvas,
1995, 70 x 80 cm
11095022
 

BALINESE DANCE / LEGONG

BALINESE DANCE / LEGONG
tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 42 cm
11095021
private collection
Germany
 

LEGONG UND CONDONG

LEGONG UND CONDONG
tempera and acrylic on paper,
1996, 42 x 60 cm
14096008
private collection
Stuttgart / Germany
 

KECAK AT NIGHT

KECAK AT NIGHT
tempera and acrylic on canvas,
1995, 55 x 66 cm
11095056
private collection
Frankfurt / Germany
 

KECAK

KECAK
tempera on paper,
1995, 20 x 14,5 cm
11095011
 

BALINESE TRANCE-DANCE / KECAK

BALINESE TRANCE-DANCE / KECAK
tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 42 cm
11095039
 

BALINESE TRANCE-DANCE / KECAK

BALINESE TRANCE-DANCE / KECAK
tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 42 cm
11095013
 

BALINESE TRANCE-DANCE / KECAK

BALINESE TRANCE-DANCE / KECAK
tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 40 cm
11095012
 

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