free web tracker soliloquies: day 3


so・lil・o・quy/- n. [C,U] a speech in a play in which a character talks to himself or herself, so that the audience know the character's thoughts.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

day 3

Third day. We visited this settlement on the mountainside of Bali called Ubud (pronounced u-boo-du), to see the Balinese-Hindu, Indian-like dance, which was called the Legon dance.

Ubud was about 50km, or an hour ride from the hotel, so we chartered a taxi for this trip. Ubud district had a lot of souvenir shops, but wasn't as commercialized at Kuta. The main street was called "monkey forest street", and there were souvenir shops, internet cafes, and restaurants located on both sides.

We arrived at Ubud at 3 in the afternoon, had lunch at this restaurant there, and walked around the district after we finished eating. After going in and out of various shops for and hour, we had dinner at a different restaurant near the theater. Then, the show began from 7:30 pm.
The dance closely resembled of Japanese Kabuki, except where Kabuki actors only consisted of men, Legon dance mostly consisted of women dancers(actress?). It had a plot along with it, and the story was presented by the moves of the dancers' eyes and hands. Some elements were difficult to understand, but overall, it was entertaining, and was a whole new experience for me.


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