Sahadewa Barong Dance & Fire Dance

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Sahadewa Barong Dance & Fire Dance

Sahadewa Barong Dance & Fire Dance
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Oct 2019
My partner & I watched the Barong Dance at the Sahadewa Cultural Studio in Ubud. The studio was inaugurated on 1 Apr 1972 & has approximately 50 years of experience in presenting a variety of traditional Balinese dance performances. Barong & Keris Dance is performed daily from 9:30 am while the Kecak & Fire Dance starts at 6:30 pm on a daily basis too. The Barong Dance ticket is priced at IDR100,000. Upon purchase, the customer will be given a leaflet containing a synopsis on each dance act totalling 5. Unfortunately, the translation isn’t very good & accompanied with many typo errors. Without the information at hand, I seriously doubt that customers will be able to follow & understand the performance. To get the best seats, be there 15 minutes prior to the show. The show starts off with Gamelan music on the left side of the stage. Gamelan is an integral part of the Balinese culture, mostly played on formal occasions & in many traditional ceremonies. It requires 40 people to play the music & the musical instruments usually consist of gongs, drums, xylophones & other percussion instruments. The Barong Dance is performed in an indoor open stage with a natural background. In a gist, the show is about good triumphing over evil. Bali’s mythical creature “The Barong” is a mixed combination form of tiger, lion, dragon & cow infused in 1 animal body. Its body is supposedly made of fur from white dried leaves. Underneath the Barong are 2 dancers working it out. The story is about Kunti who was forced to give Sahadewa, her child to Queen Rangda. Kunti resisted & was bewitched by Rangda. Kunti then forced the guards to take Sahadewa into a forest, in front of Rangda’s palace. Unbeknownst to Rangda, Lord Siva helped Sahadewa by granting him immortality. Rangda then surrenders & asked Sahadewa to redeem her which he agreed. Then, Kalika, one of Rangda’s helpers asked Sahadewa to redeem her but Sahadewa refused. As a result, Kalika changed into a boar & proceeded to fight Sahadewa. Lastly, she changed into Rangda & Sahadewa changed into “The Barong” & once again defeated the Rangda. Also, during the play, there are many chest-stabbing scenes & cheeky Balinese humour from the monkey character which might be unsuitable for children. After the show, there will be time to take photos with the performers on stage. Do not miss that opportunity.

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Wildcat7400
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia876 contributions
Oct 2019
My partner & I watched the Barong Dance at the Sahadewa Cultural Studio in Ubud. The studio was inaugurated on 1 Apr 1972 & has approximately 50 years of experience in presenting a variety of traditional Balinese dance performances.

Barong & Keris Dance is performed daily from 9:30 am while the Kecak & Fire Dance starts at 6:30 pm on a daily basis too. The Barong Dance ticket is priced at IDR100,000. Upon purchase, the customer will be given a leaflet containing a synopsis on each dance act totalling 5. Unfortunately, the translation isn’t very good & accompanied with many typo errors. Without the information at hand, I seriously doubt that customers will be able to follow & understand the performance. To get the best seats, be there 15 minutes prior to the show.

The show starts off with Gamelan music on the left side of the stage. Gamelan is an integral part of the Balinese culture, mostly played on formal occasions & in many traditional ceremonies. It requires 40 people to play the music & the musical instruments usually consist of gongs, drums, xylophones & other percussion instruments.

The Barong Dance is performed in an indoor open stage with a natural background. In a gist, the show is about good triumphing over evil.

Bali’s mythical creature “The Barong” is a mixed combination form of tiger, lion, dragon & cow infused in 1 animal body. Its body is supposedly made of fur from white dried leaves. Underneath the Barong are 2 dancers working it out.

The story is about Kunti who was forced to give Sahadewa, her child to Queen Rangda. Kunti resisted & was bewitched by Rangda. Kunti then forced the guards to take Sahadewa into a forest, in front of Rangda’s palace. Unbeknownst to Rangda, Lord Siva helped Sahadewa by granting him immortality. Rangda then surrenders & asked Sahadewa to redeem her which he agreed. Then, Kalika, one of Rangda’s helpers asked Sahadewa to redeem her but Sahadewa refused. As a result, Kalika changed into a boar & proceeded to fight Sahadewa. Lastly, she changed into Rangda & Sahadewa changed into “The Barong” & once again defeated the Rangda. Also, during the play, there are many chest-stabbing scenes & cheeky Balinese humour from the monkey character which might be unsuitable for children.

After the show, there will be time to take photos with the performers on stage. Do not miss that opportunity.
Written 10 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Putu
Bali, Indonesia100 contributions
Jan 2020 • Business
Very entertaining and rich of cultural experience. Most of our clients enjoying the performance. Recommended!
Written 18 January 2020
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mrbadsyam
Cyberjaya, Malaysia283 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
A must place to go for culture experience. Can watch Bali's traditional dance here. Totally recommended for everyone.
Written 30 November 2019
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Cathie P
Langley City, Canada76 contributions
Nov 2019
The music is good. The dancing is ok but the music is too loud so you cannot hear the characters speaking Little garden out back
Written 17 November 2019
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Britt
Kalundborg, Denmark1,173 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
Many years ago - in fact in 1997 we saw this kecak and fire dance. Luckily our driver could bring us here again.
This time the sitting chairs were really good, and we didn't have to move because of the fire.
The "music " comes from the voices of men. You also get paper about the history of the dance. We couldn't believe , we could get it in Danish. Very very good. I think they have papers in 20 languages.
You must really see this old dance so we still can enjoy the culture of Bali.
You get a choke when you see the man jumping/walking in the fire. This time he also lie down- totally in trance.
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Written 1 November 2019
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shaneisha m
Baltimore, MD292 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
I had a great time. The show was different and amusing. Great chance to be immersed into the culture.
Written 31 October 2019
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Gerhard K
Johannesburg, South Africa52 contributions
Oct 2019
"School concert gone wrong".This is about the best way to describe this dance and fire dance. One can have a good laugh at how amateurish it is. Tourist trap. There are better ways to spend your money
Written 30 October 2019
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1Domino70
Seaford, England, United Kingdom58 contributions
Aug 2019
Reasonably priced. Interesting because so different. I agree with previous comments, even with script it is difficult to follow the story.
Written 22 October 2019
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Cathy H
Woodham Ferrers, UK171 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
I really didn’t think I would enjoy this so much, especially at 9.30 in the morning but it’s so bizarre it’s good. Great costumes, audience participation, slapstick, bawdy humour, monsters, witches, dancing, it was the closest to a panto I have ever seen. Also musicians good too.
Lasts an hour, costs 100K: an experience.
Written 29 September 2019
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John W
Croydon, UK991 contributions
Aug 2019
Costing about £6 this was an engaging performance with full gamelan and a useful guide to what was happening. The monkey was hilarous and the tiger most impressive.
Written 15 September 2019
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