Igal Dance of Berau District, East Kalimantan Province


People have different ways in enjoying a vacation. Some are looking for stunning nature like Derawan Archipelago, while the others are into culture tour. Regardless of the preference, it is likely everyone won’t overlook the beauty of Igal Dance of Berau District. The locals often perform the dance during Derawan Festival or other important events. For tourists, it is both entertaining and calming performance, so they should watch it when spending a holiday in Berau. The government even considers it an art legacy that should be protected! So, what is it about?

The Nuance
Igal Dance is the pride of Berau and it even becomes their identity. Still, it also becomes tourists’ favorite entertainment when visiting Berau District. Most of the time, the dance is performed by a female dancer, wearing stunning black attire with golden-colored ornaments. She also wears unique earrings, necklace, bracelets, and head accessory. Another unique feature is her fingers, ornamented by chain-like accessories. When it comes to the accompaniment, some local musicians would play musical instruments similar to Gamelan. The combination of Igal Dance moves and the music would lure all audience!

Enjoying Igal Dance
Not only Igal Dance offers beautiful costumes, but it also shows mesmerizing movements. The fact is it is performed by women or girls. That means the moves are dynamic and calm, representing their characteristics. Apart from being a local entertainment, the dance also helps the locals to promote their unique culture to tourists or visitors. In other words, it acts as a significant tourism element in Berau District. Not to mention the dance becomes a greeting to any people who are visiting villages in Berau. It shows both warmth and cheerfulness of the locals.

Each person is different, though. Some may say they aren’t able to enjoy any dance, including Igal. Well, there is no need to do research when enjoying a particular performance. What people need is only their heart. They may need to sit somewhere and start witnessing the performance. The fact is people have different interpretation about Igal Dance. It’s all theirs. Still, the combination of music, costume, gesture, and expression of the dance won’t fail to hypnotize everyone. Somehow, it helps the audience to relax and get fun instantly.

The most interesting things to notice in Igal Dance are the emotions and movement communicated by the dancers. Not to mention it has unique dynamics and patterns! Plus, the dancers are able to connect the relationship between the music and the movement. With all those beautiful aspects, Igal makes the audience feel somewhat peaceful and fun at the same time. In the end, it leaves only amazement to their expression. For tourists, the dance is something they should not overlook when visiting Berau. That is for sure.

Nearby Attractions

  • Labuan Cermin Lake
  • Kaniungan Island
  • Sulaiman Bay
  • Biantan Hotspring

How to Get There
From Balikpapan City, travelers should head to Berau District by airplane. Their destination is Kalimarau Airport, actually. Once they get there, they can simply take a taxi to a nearby village or any places where they can enjoy Igal Dance. In this case, researching the schedule of the performance would be quite helpful.

Where to Stay

  • Bumi Segah Hotel
  • Derawan Indah Hotel
  • Palmy Hotel
  • Sederhana Hotel
  • Berau Plaza Hotel

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