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Balinese dancer

By natstravers  
Kecak is a spectacular dance usually performed at night, surrounding a bonfire. The westerners called this dance The Monkey Dance, for the movements may remind us of monkey's movements. There can literally be one hundred or more bare chested men, sitting down on the ground surrounding the bonfire, led by a priest in the middle. The only music to accompany them are the beats of their palms hitting their chests, their thighs, or other parts of their bodies, or their claps, rhythmically accompanied by shouting and chanting.
The dancers move in unison, creating a spectacular choreographic performance. Either hands stretched out, pulled in, rested on the shoulder of the next person, or waists gyrated left and right, etc.

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baclark 7 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2009 9:56AM
Interesting write up and a powerful image, the dancer looks very serious, almost scary, perhaps it's the concentration of a complicated dance. Great shot, beautiful colours and nice crop.
Barbara

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17 Oct 2009 11:58AM
lovely colorful portrait, very well taken.
davey_griffo 7 213 165 England
17 Oct 2009 12:25PM
Wonderful portrait. I love the vibrant colours, well captured by your spot-on exposure.

Great use of Dof to isolate the front dancer, but leaving the one behind in just enough focus to show she's in a group, without overcrowding or overcomplicating the frame.
Suehh 9 39 6 England
18 Oct 2009 11:11AM
V G portrait - love the concentration on the dancer's face. Lovely colourful image. Thanks for the explanation - it makes it so much more interesting.
An incredible piece of work!!
imagio 10 12 1 England
19 Oct 2009 12:42PM
Such a powerful image Nathalie, love the colors too! great write up..

Bernie
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2009 10:34PM
beautifully captured
regards
Yung
SandraKay Plus
9 233 4 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2009 4:45PM
Wonderful capture.

Sandra
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
6 Nov 2009 8:02PM
A very colourful and interesting capture.

May I ask if you need the text at eyelevel.

Rock
Tonyto 8 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 9:33PM
Love the use of DOF, the colours are wonderful. Stunning image.
Tony

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