Arts and Culture
Legong Dance

This dance tells the story of Princess Rangkesari who is held captive against her will by King Lakesmi. Rangkesari’s brother, Prince Daha, gathers an army together to rescue his sister. Princess Rangkesari then tries to persuade  Laksmi to let her go to avoid a war, but he denies her freedom. On his way to battle, Daha is attacked by a raven, a bad omen, and is later killed in battle. The dance only takes the story up to the point where the king departs for battle, and it is performed by three people, two Legongs and their attendant, the “Condong”. The Legong is a very classical and graceful dance, and is always performed by prebuscent girls, often as a young as eight or nine years old.