Ahmad Shiddiqi

Rookie - 6 Points (March 7,1974 / Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia)

Legong Dance - Poem by Ahmad Shiddiqi

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

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 1, 2008

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