The Kecak, choreographed by Walter Spies in
1930 is an astonishing performance. Taking place after sunset it starts
with the blessing of offerings and the lighting of a central candelabra.
Suddenly, the quiet is shattered by the cries of a hundred or more men
men, who run on to the stage chanting the ritual sounds "chak a chak a
They form a circle around the candelabra,
opening and closing the circle with movements of head, arms and torso.
Chanting and shouting, the choir use their voices as an orchestra.
Scenes from the Ramayana are enacted in the center of the circle