Pendet dance is one of the traditional dances of Bali, Indonesia. Traditional Balinese dances are the oldest form of performing arts in Bali. The dance is usually performed during the ceremony at the temple as a sacred dance. Pendet is typically performed by young girls carrying "bokor or silver bowl" full of colorful flower petals decorated by cutting motifs of yellow coconut leaves. The flower petals are cast into the air several times in the dance.
Pendet dance that is performed nowadays, is created by Balinese dance artists, I Wayan Rindi in 1967. The dance is claimed to have been existed since the 1950s. In addition to I Wayan Rindi, there is also other figure that has influenced in the history of Pendet dance namely I Wayan Beratha.
At first, Pendet is a sacred dance performed in the temple. The dance is a symbol of greeting to the God that descends to the world. The dance contains sacred values and full of religious or rituals elements. Pendet dance movement is the basic dance movements of Balinese dance. In the process, some artists develop the dance, so that it's not only performed in ceremony or ritual at the temple, but also in social activities as "a welcome dance".
Pendet dance use attractive costumes with red-colored cloth on the inside combined with green-colored "tapih" cloth on the outside. Both cloths using golden motif. In the abdomen is wrapped by a long stagen with dominant color of yellow and patterned. The costume completed with a long yellow shawl that is tied around the chest. The rest of the shawl is brought through shoulder to the back and left to hang. Pendet also use makeup to give facial expressions according to the character of the dance.
- wikipedia.org _ Balinese Dance _ on August 26, 2016
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