Treasure Island

Ahmad Shiddiqi

(March 7,1974 / Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia)

Legong Dance


three dancers in glittering costumes
two princesses whose roles change
according to the narrative
one condong lady-in-waiting

to master perfect mix
of posture, movements and mimicry
months of training are needed
first dance taught to beginners

a court dance, created in the 18th century
in circles of principality of Sukawati, Bali
epitome of classical female Balinese dancing
used to have a storyteller's accompaniment

Submitted: Monday, September 01, 2008
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