January 26, 2021

Gopala Dance (Tari Gopala Bali)

Tari Gopala is the work of dance choreographer I Nyoman Suarsa and composer Ketut Gede Asnawa, MA. This dance was created in 1983. This humorous dance depicts the activities of a group of cowherds in the meadow. The dance is performed to entertain the audience or balih-balihan.

The word Gopala comes from the Kawi language (Sanskrit) which means cowherd. It is stated that the Gopala dance is taken from the fragmentary story "STRI ASADHU" which is the work of Mrs. Ketut Arini, S.St.

The activities of cowherds are the main inspiration in creating unique dance movements, such as: "imitating a cow" with the dancer's hand behind it so that it resembles a cow's tail, "wiping sweat" by wiping the hands in front of the face, "milk a cow" by joining the palms and then moving it up-down, "keep birds away" and others.

This dance is usually danced in groups by 4-8 young male dancers who display cheerful and fun expressions. The nimble movements of the dancers blend with the melodious Balinese gamelan, making the atmosphere even more alive.

The dancers wear colorful costumes, enhancing the beauty of the performance. All dancers wear a headdress (udeng), a "kacu" cloth (a square cloth folded into a triangle) around the neck, cloth wrist bracelets and flowers on the ears. While at the bottom wears elastic below the knee pant, tutup dada, sabuk prada, a black and white checked cloth (saput) and a long cloth (kancut) with golden motifs.


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  2. wikipedia.org _ Balinese Dance _ on January 23, 2021

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