National Geographic : 1939 Mar
Ways and Byways of an Island Paradise © Screen Traveler IN BALINESE DANCING, EVERY LITTLE MOVEMENT HAS A MEANING Bali's traditional dances combine subtle gestures and dramatic action in telling a story. Even the crook of a finger has significance. Shows are made up of music and dancing. Always there is orchestral accompani ment of rhythmic music, tinkling and tuneless to Western ears. Plays are staged at feasts and festivals both to entertain the audience and to propitiate gods and devils (Color Plate I).