The dance as depicted in the present lot is also known as Kecak, which is a traditional dance form in Bali. However, it is for the talented German artist Walter Spies to modify the tradition and to transform the ritualistic dance to a performance by increasing the number of performers to over a hundred young men sitting in circle. Spies also introduced the character of a dance narrator the juru tandak to recite tales from the Ramayana concerning the exploits of Hanuman, the money general.
The Kecak which essentially means the monkey dance is very much a group performance with dozens of male performers sitting closely to one another forming a circle. Throughout the performance, the group will mimic the sound of monkey - 'cak-a-cak'. At times, a soloist rises among them, with wild hair flowing around his shoulders. He narrates the action which is mirrored by the sound and movement. The artistic Walter Spies also illuminated the night performance with a central light source thereby accentuating the dramatic and electrifying atmosphere.
It is therefore no wonder that most foreign artists visiting the island would find this dance form an inexhaustible source of inspiration that provides the sound, the drama, the myth and the exotic.