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Performance: Dance, Music & Puppets

Dance


Gorgeous, fun and fascinating, Balinese dance is part of an ancient tradition of religious and artistic expression. Performances usually traditional folk tales and the great Hindu epics, with stunning costumes, precise movement and a great cast of characters. May performances halted during the pandemic, and there aren't quite as many as there used to be in Ubud. If you find any performances not on this list, please let me know in the comments.


The Kecak dance features many dancers and a fair bit of chanting and a fiery crescendo. The Barong, the mythical giant lion, features in the never ending battle between good and evil and is great for younger kids with its mix of animal costumes and dancing. The Legong is Balinese dance drama with precise and expressive face and body movements that takes years to master.



Pura Dalem

Balinese Dance Performances in Ubud

Kecak Fire Dance

Mondays and Fridays 7.30pm

R100,000 per person: go to the ticketing office at the temple


ARMA Museum


Kecak Dance

Saturdays 7pm


Legong Dance

Wednesdays 7pm


Barong Dance

Sundays 7pm


All R150,000 per person. You can usually show up and get in, but contact them to be sure.


Ubud Palace


Ramayana Ballet, Legong and Barong Dances

Nightly 7.30pm

Pick up a tickets from any of the sellers outside the palace at around 6.45pm.

R100,000 per person


Balerung Stage


Legong and Barong Dance

Friday Nights 7.30pm (Peliatan)

R100,000 per person

Go there before 7.15pm to get tickets to book here for a better seat.


Saraswati Temple


Various Dance Shows

All week except Sundays 7.30pm

R80,000 per person

You can also watch the shows at Saraswati while you eat dinner at Cafe Lotus.



Shadow Puppets


Brought from Java a thousand years ago, the Wayang Theatre is entertainment and ritual and lesson. Puppets made of leather and wood are danced behind a screen and lit by lamps. Performances most often feature stories from the Mahabharata epic.


Oka Kartini Arts Centre


Wednesdays and Sundays 7.30pm

Jl. Raya Ubud (opposite Jl. Tirta Tawa)

Contact for reservations


Pondok Bambu


Mondays and Thursdays 8pm

Jl. Monkey Forest

You can usually just show up

R75,000



Music


The hypnotic sound of the Gamelan orchestra often accompanies dance and puppetry performances and many religious ceremonies. An orchestra can be made up of just two or three instruments, to up to dozens of performers.


Pura Dalem


The famous Gamelan Semara Ratih orchestra plays at the Pura each week.

Saturdays 7.30pm

Jl. Raya Ubud

R80,000 per person


Bentuyung Village


Jegong (Bamboo Gamelan)

Fridays and Sundays 7pm

Jl. Suweta

R80,000 per person


Saraswati Temple


Women's Gamelan Orchestra

Tuesdays 7.30pm

R80,000 per person

You can also watch the shows at Saraswati while you eat dinner at Cafe Lotus.

There are other dance performances at the temple on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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