Balinese Dance, Where and When to Watch Them

Bali Barong dance

The Balinese can not be separated from the dance. Almost every religious activity, always accompanied by dance. For the Balinese, dance is an “offering” as they present sesajen (offerings). The Balinese dance can be categorized into three groups namely:

  • Wali dance (sacred dance), example: Berutuk guardian, Sang Hyang Dedari, and Baris Gede Rejang.
  • Bebali dance (dance performances for the ceremony), example: Gambuh, Pajegan Mask and Wayang Wong.
  • Balih-balihan dance (dance for entertainment), example: Legong, Parwa, Arja, Prembon and Joged, as well as various other modern dance choreography.

Legong Dance

Legong is a classical dance of Bali which has a very complex movement. The movements are tied to the music from percussion. “Legong” word comes from the “leg” which means flexible or elastic, and then interpreted as a graceful movement. During its development, Legong develop into Legong Kraton.

This dance is performed by two girls or more by displaying condong characters as the opening. In other situations, Legong dance performed by one or two pairs of dancers without displaying the condong characters first. Characteristic of the Legong dance is the use of fan.

Barong Dance

Barong is a character in Balinese mythology. Barong is the king of the spirits and symbolize the “good side”, then the “evil side” is symbolized by Rangda. The most popular Barong is “Barong Ket“, shaped like a lion. Please watch the Bali dance video below.

Barong dance Bali is derived from Gianyar, the center of the various Balinese arts. In Calonarong drama or another dance of Bali, Barong uses his magic to defeat Rangda.

Kecak Dance

Bali Kecak dance was created in 1930 by Wayan Limbak and the German painter Walter Spies. This dance is a development Sanghyang dance (sacred dance), which the drama of Ramayana story. Wayan Limbak popularizing this dance while traveling the world with his Balinese dancers.

Kecak dancers are mostly men. The dancers sit in a circle, lifting his arms, and with a certain rhythm called “cak“. They act like monkeys army that helped Rama defeat Ravana who kidnapped his wife, Dewi Sinta. The dancers that sit in a circle is wearing a plaid fabric like a chessboard on their waist. Besides these dancers, there were other dancers who portray the Ramayana characters  as Rhama, Shinta, Hanuman, Jatayu, and of course the wicked Ravana.

Where and When to Watch Balinese Dance

One of the Balinese arts center is in Ubud Bali. Ubud is the place you should visit if you want to see Balinese dance. Various bali dance held regularly in various places in Ubud. Click here if you want to find hotel or Accommodations at Ubud area. Below are the various places and a schedule where you can watch Balinese dance**:

Legong Dance

  • Legong DanceArma Open Stage, Ubud: every Sunday at 07.30 pm.
  • Balerung Stage, Ubud:  every Tuesday at 07.30 pm.
  • Peliatan village, Ubud: every Friday and Saturday at 07.30 pm.
  • Ubud village, Ubud: every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 07.30 pm.
  • Peliatan Stage, Peliatan: Ubud, every Friday at 06.30 pm.
  • Puri Temple, Ubud: every Saturday at 07.30 pm.
  • Temple at Kutuh village, Ubud: every Thursday at 07.30 pm.
  • Taman Sari Temple, Ubud: every Sunday at 07.30 pm.
  • Puri Agung Peliatan, Ubud: every Sunday at 07.30 pm.
  • Puri Kaleran Peliatan, Ubud: every Tuesday at 07.30 pm.
  • Puri Saren, Ubud: every Sunday at 07.30 pm.
  • Taman Sari Stage, Ubud: every Wednesday at 07.30 pm.

Barong and Kris Dance

  • Kris Dance, a part of Barong DanceArma Museum, Ubud: every Friday at 05.30 pm.
  • Banjar Abasan Singapadu, Gianyar: everyday at 09.30 am.
  • Banjar Suwung Kauh, Denpasar: everyday at 09.30 am.
  • Padang Kerta Temple, Ubud: every Monday at 07.00 pm.
  • Kesiman Stage, Denpasar: everyday at 09.30 am.
  • Padang Galak Stage, Denpasar: everyday at 09.30 am.
  • Pura Dalem Ubud, Ubud: everyday at 07.30 pm.
  • Ubud Water Palace, Ubud: every Thursday at 07.30 pm.
  • Sila Candra Stage, Batubulan, Sukawati: everyday at 09.00 am.
  • Sahadewa Stage, Batubulan, Sukawati: everyday at 09.00 am.
  • Denjalan Stage, Batubulan, Sukawati: everyday at 09.00 am.
  • Banjar Abasan Singapadu: everyday at 09.30 am.

Kecak Dance

  • Bali Kecak danceArma Open Stage, Ubud,  every full moon: at 07.00 pm.
  • Art Center “Werdhi Budaya” Denpasar: everyday at 06.30 pm.
  • Banjar Bona Kangin, Gianyar: every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 06.00 pm.
  • Padang Kerta temple, Ubud: every Tuesday at 07.30 pm.
  • Baha village, Mengwi, Badung: on request.
  • Junjungan Village, Ubud: every Monday at 07.00 pm.
  • Padang Tegal, Ubud: every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 07.00 pm.
  • Batukaru temple: every Thursday at 07.30 pm.
  • Taman Kaja temple, Ubud: every Wednesday at  07.30 pm.
  • Pura Dalem Ubud, Ubud: every Friday at 07.30 pm.
  • Pura Taman Sari, Ubud: every Thursday at 07.30 pm.
  • Pura Uluwatu, Badung:  everyday at 06.00 pm.
  • Puri Agung Peliatan, Ubud: every Thursday at 07.30 pm.

“Arjuna Tapa” Ballet

  • Jaba temple, Kutuh village, Ubud: every Monday at 07.30 pm.

Balinese Shadow Puppet

  • Monkey Forest, Ubud: every Tuesday at 08.00 pm.
  • Oka Kartini, Tebesaya village, Peliatan, Ubud: every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 08.00 pm.
  • Puri Kaleran Peliatan: every Saturday at 07.30 pm.

Mask Dance

  • Arma Museum: every Wednesday at 07.00 pm.
  • Penjor Restaurant, Sanur: every Saturday at 08.15 pm.

Calonarang Dance

  • Mawang village, Ubud: every Thursday and Saturday at 07.00 pm.
  • Menara Hotel, Ubud street, Gianyar (0366-977080): every Friday at 08.00 pm.

Tektekan Dance

  • Puri Night, on request
  • Puri Anyar Kerambitan Tabanan, on request

Leko and Janger Ballet

  • Puri Anyar Kerambitan Tabanan, on request

Abimanyu Ballet and Drama

  • Panca Arta, Ubud: every Thursday at 08.00 pm.

Mahabaratha Ballet and Drama

  • Br.Teges, Peliatan: every Tuesday at 06.30 pm.

Ramayana Ballet and Drama

  • Ubud Kelod, Ubud: every Wednesday at 07.30 pm.
  • Menara Hotel,  Jln. Raya Ubud – Gianyar (0366-977980): every Tuesday and Wednesday at 07.00 pm.
  • Banjar Buni Kuta: every Monday and Thursday at 08.00 pm.
  • Ubud Kelod, Ubud: every Wednesday at 07.30 pm.
**All data taken on July 1th, 2012.

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