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Cross-Cultural Comparison of Dance: Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Learn kecak, the Ramayana monkey chant depicting a battle from the epic story in which Hanuman helps Rama fight the demon Ravana. Members of Gamelan Sekar Jaya teach audience members simple percussive chants through basic patterns of kecak, some body movement and cueing—louder, softer, stopping and different percussive sounds. Using what they’ve learned, the audience is invited to join Gamelan Sekar Jaya members in a kecak, making the space vibrate with the sounds of “cak”. An excerpt of a dance showcasing the Ramayana will also be performed. 

Gamelan Sekar Jaya is a sixty-member company of musicians and dancers based in the San Francisco Bay Area and specializing in the performing arts of Bali. Founded in 1979, Gamelan Sekar Jaya has performed throughout California, the U.S. and Bali, in venues ranging from New York’s Symphony Space to remote village squares.