Bali Dances

Bumble Bee Dance

Nyoman Sumerti

The dance of the Bumble Bees’ is one of the most famous and popular Kebyar pieces. It reflects growing Balinese sensitivity to the expectations of Western audiences.

It is a love duet, which tells the story of a female bumblebee, flying around a garden, who is spotted and courted by a male bumblebee. Tamulilingan is Balinese for bumblebee, and Olèg describes the swaying movement of grass in the wind, which emulates the unique oscillating flight of Balinese bumblebees.