Performance of traditional Balinese dance.
There are three genres of traditional Balinese dance – sacred, semi-sacred and that meant for enjoyment by communities at large.
Traditional Balinese dances are performed by male and female dancers dressed in traditional costumes consisting of brightly coloured cloth painted with gold floral and faunal motifs, with gold-leafed and jewelled accessories. The dances are inspired by nature and symbolize particular traditions, customs and religious values.
In addition to being technically-skilled dancers, performers must have charisma, humility and discipline and a special spiritual energy that enlivens the performance. In Balinese communities, dances are mainly taught informally to children from an early age, within groups.
The practice is one of the new elements inscribed by UNESCO to the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2015.