Kecak dance is a form of Balinese dance and music drama that developed in the 1930s in Bali, Indonesia. It is performed primarily by men, although since 2006, a few women’s kecak groups have existed.
Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the piece, performed by a circle of at least 150 or more performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting “cak” and moving their hands and arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana. The monkey like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. Kecak has roots in Sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.