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Panyembrama

Panyembrama is a secular Balinese dance form designed by I Wayan Berata and first performed in 1971. It includes movements from several sacral Balinese dances, including legong, condong, and pendet, and was intended to replace them for performance in front of tourists.

In this dance, performers come onstage carrying a metal dish with incense and flowers in it. They kneel, as if praying, before making welcoming movements to the guests. At the end of the performance, the dancers move in circles, throwing flowers at each other and the audience.

Photograph: Chris Woodrich
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