“Legong Sang Kenya” was a Balinese dance performance presented by “Sekar Jepun” Balinese Dance Community, Yogyakarta.
The performance was held on Friday, 01 November 2013, taking place at Taman Budaya Yogyakarta (The Window of Yogyakarta). While presenting the dance “Legong Sang Kenya” as the main performance, the repertoire also includes several other dances, either the classic ones or the new-creation.
Baris Bandana Manggala Yudha
A heroic-themed dance based on the classic pattern of the Balinese dance Bebarisan. It depicts the Badung (Bandana) troops preparing for the Puputan Badung War.
The dance was choreographed by I Nyoman Catra in 1979, with I Nyoman Astita composing the music.
Jayarati is a new-creation dance portraying the transformation of character, from a calm, feminine woman to a manly gentleman. It is based on the the story of a princess, Galuh Candrakirana, who disguised as a man during her search for her lover, Panji Inu Kertapati.
The dance was created by Ni Kadek Rai Dewi Astini ini 2011 by the contribution from I Nyoman Cau Arsana who worked on the music.
Topeng Panglembar Keras
The dance represents the aggressive and tough characteristics of a patih or leader warrior. It symbolizes mankind’s spirit in living the life, which is represented through the tough, up-beat movements.
Legong Sang Kenya
The dance is an in-depth follow-up of Legong Maria (previously performed in 2011). Inspired by the figure of Mother Mary, the dance comes as a reflection of Mary’s spiritual experience and attitude which guides mankind to leave their lives on the Creator’s hands.
The dance also comes as an acculturation which includes Balinese, Javanese, and European culture. The title itself, Legong Sang Kenya, uses Javanese languange, which means “The Virgin”.
The concept of the dance came from Ni Luh Putu Rosiandani, which was then brought to the stage together with Ni Kadek Rai Dewi Astini as the choreographer and I Nyoman Cau Arsana as the music composer and director.