• boys who danced in girls' costumes
  • The name of the dance is derived from ‘gegandrungan’, meaning ‘being in love’. The Bali version of this dance is performed by male dancers; through soft, supple and feminine movements, these male dances take on the role of a woman during their performance. There is magic on stage during this performance, and not only in a descriptive sense. The Gandrung is an interactive piece, whereby a member of the audience, man or woman, is invited to dance along side the dancer – this type of dance is called ngibing. The magic lies in the ability of the dancer to enchant this ‘stage guest’, like a snake charmer controlling the movements of a cobra the dancer is able to keep the guest enthralled and involved. Together, performer and audience, dance as if they are ‘in love’.
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Usage Examples

Gandrung... gaan dirurunge

Wit ne uli Kaki Tiwas lan Nini Tiwas sane seneng melancaran ring alas e Duk dina anu ring desa genah nyane meneng keni grubug lan ring tengah alas e nyane polih sipta jagi ngalakasanayang sesolahan jagi nyomia grubug ento, Nyane ngawentenang sesolahan ring catus pata desa sareng alit2 nyane dados pragina, Sesolahan kakawitin antuk nyatur desa jagi nyomia grubug, lan wus puput nyatur desa, alit2 nyane masolah ring catur pata desa, akeh krama sane tedun jagi miragi, krama ne merasa bagia, bagia ring sesolahan alit2 saking Kaki Tiwas lan Nini Tiwas, Grubug ical, Metu saking rasa bagia ring catus pata desa puniki, sesolahan puniki kawastanin "gaan di rurunge"

Ngelantur kruna punika dados kruna "gandrung"
[example 1]
Gandrung .........Gaan .. di rurunge. Great joy … in the road.

The Gandrung dance was initiated by grandfather Tiwas and grandmother Tiwas who liked to wander in the forest.

One day in the village where they lived there came a plague … and in the forest they found the inspiration to perform a dance to banish the plague. They performed the dance at the crossroads in the village with their children as the dancers. The ritual began with a nyatur desa procession to overcome the plague … and after the procession their children danced at the crossroads. Many of the villagers came to watch the performance and they felt great joy … great joy watching the performance of the children of grandfather Tiwas and grandmother Tiwas. And the plague vanished. And because of the feeling of great joy at the crossroads in the village, the dance performance was called “gaan di rurunge” …. and later shortened to “gandrung”.

This silent film depicts the young I Made Sarin of Ketapian practicing gandrung dance.

  1. vidio lan teks: Dinor Gen ,
  2. This silent film was recorded by Colin McPhee circa 1931-1934 and made available by the Bali 1928 Project.