Performances in Ubud

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Performances in Ubud

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  • Marcel C
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    The best place in UBUD.
    Great museums AND great gardens.
    You can fell harmony and peace. Go further in the garden and you will see superb fontains, flowers and rice field.
    ARMA is like a beautiful and peaceful village inside Ubud.
    Best place to watch in Ubud traditionnel dances with plenty of place and nice restaurants.
    Written 7 February 2024
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  • jana
    Kutna Hora, Czech Republic2 contributions
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    Really awesome experience! It had goosebumps, the whole show is about story, that they are telling you through the dance. Fire at the end. Recommend!✨
    Written 3 April 2024
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  • Ohemaaserwaa
    The Hague, The Netherlands62 contributions
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    Great enjoyable performance. Would highly recommend the experience. The only drawback is that you have to read the background in the programme before attending the performance.
    Written 23 December 2023
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  • Tony G.
    Sydney, Australia203 contributions
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    The Ubud Palace dance performance is a stunning array of colour, music and theatre. A great Balanese cultural experience, well worth a visit. A couple of things to consider;

    1. Get there early to get a close seat.
    2. Buying tickets from the boys on the street around the Palace is fine, it's not a scam.
    3. Be prepared is a long performance about an hour long.
    4. You really MUST read the story in the pamphlet to understand the performance, otherwise it's very difficult to get the story.
    Written 2 January 2024
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  • micronini
    Manila, Philippines2 contributions
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    It was an unforgettable experience, sitting together with a small audience on a balmy evening, watching this traditional art form. Before the show, friendly staff provide a written backgrounder of the material to be performed, which helped us follow the story. The show runs a bit long, which I imagine can make smaller children restless, but we loved every minute of it.
    Written 9 July 2019
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  • Rahul
    San Francisco, CA6 contributions
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    Great to see traditional bali legong dance and music. Highly recommend. Arrive early to get good seats. You can buy tickets from the people just outside for 100k idr.
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • cowrielover
    Saint Louis, MO26 contributions
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    Being part Indonesian, I have seen many Legong performances.
    So, this time I wanted to see the best as my lady friend has never seen one.
    After a bit of research, I learned that Peliatan would be ground zero for this type of dance.
    We were lucky to be able to see a world class performance in this quaint, out of the way neighborhood.
    When you get there, it does not look like anything from the outside. Looks like a bunch of alleys with no big signs for the magnificent show inside. Once inside, one can see the rich history of this troupe. There are many pictures along the wall showing their performances all over the world. Lucky we were ones of the first people to get there, as we can sit in the first row. It is essential to be close to the stage so one can see all the intricate hand/feet and eye movements of the various young dancers. There is no stadium seating, so people in the back would not get as good a view. Bring a portable fan or hand fan as the heat/humidity could be too much for some people. The program given for that night contained a surprise-- a Kebyar duduk dance!!! I have always dreamed of seeing a live performance and finally we got to see one. This is a real treat as most Balinese dancers are young girls/women.
    The length of 1.5 hours can lull some people to sleep, especially with the melodious gamelan playing in the background.
    So, if there is only one Legong performance you can see, this IS the best one!!
    Written 9 July 2016
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  • Bine Baloh
    Jesenice, Slovenia16 contributions
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    Me and my wife went to women Kecak fire dance by coincidence. We enjoyed it very much. We were siting in the front row which was awesone. The show really gives you a feeling that you are in a trance state of mind. Hats off to the women singing the whole time and to the guy walking and sitting on burned coconuts 🔥👍💪
    Written 5 November 2019
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  • fei l
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    Best gamelan performance / dance in the area! The musicians were charming and clearly having fun. The dancers were amazing: gorgeous attire, beautiful choreo. We had great seats, thanks to good communication (Whatsapp), small-scale theater, genuine experience (not at all touristy). They hand out drinks and/or mosquito repellent on site. At the end the troup’s directors 5yo grandson made an encore performance, cute as a button!
    Written 30 December 2023
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  • Wildcat7400
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,168 contributions
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    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
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  • David D
    Devon, UK25,233 contributions
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    Thursday 18th September and we passed this wonderful building on 2 seperate occasions. The first time we were walking down this busy street, where this Community Centre is situated, we were on route to the Monkey Forest Sanctuary at the end of the road. Hence the name of the road, Jalan Monkey Forest.

    The building was closed as we passed, so we could not go in, however, we did stop for a few minutes to admire it's beautiful exterior.

    The second occasion was in the evening we were on our way to dinner when we walked passed and heard the Balinese music emanating from the hall within the centre. There was a cultural show on, tickets were on sale outside on the street.

    The entrance fee to see the Barong show was 80, 000 Rupiah, roughly £4.50.
    Written 20 September 2019
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  • Belinda C
    Hobart, Australia2 contributions
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    A phenomenal experience! A total feast for the eyes and ears, played out in a neighbourhood stage. Nothing touristy about this experience: it’s authentic as it comes. I booked through WhatsApp and received a reply within 5 minutes directly from the theatre staff. I scored a front row middle seat, which was useful for a shorty like me. The dancing was just so beautiful, and the Gamelan orchestra was exceptional. It was almost hypnotic, and it really felt as though I had been taken on a journey back in time.

    Just like visiting any dance performance without some kind of knowledge of the story being played out, it can be hard to get your bearings. You receive a program on arrival. Well worth the read before the dance begins. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to support internationally renowned performers who charge a mere $10 for perfect show🙏❤️
    Written 11 June 2023
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  • Keira Mason
    Wellesley, MA4,332 contributions
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    Beautiful show is a lovely setting amongst lily ponds. Can dine there after. This was our 3rd show and didnt feel redundant. Nice selection of many different dances. Dont miss this- situated down street from Ubud Palace
    Written 5 July 2022
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  • eve p
    Barcelona, Spain48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful show made by all the people of the village, very authentic;)
    We really recommend it!
    A great experience in Ubud
    Written 30 August 2022
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  • DonaldMicky
    Kyiv, Ukraine11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I should say that this place is a heaven. It is located on the Monkey Forest Road, Ubud. The Bali butterfly park is just 5.8 km from this place. The wildlife and nightlife here is truly excellent. There were many spas nearby and my family had a very good time in this location. It was exotic and our photos came out fantastic. The shopping is truly amazing and we purchased some local specialties. Reaching this place is quite tough but it is truly worth spending a night here. Awesome place for newly wed couples and youngsters. Overall, a fabulous and good place to visit all time during the year.
    Written 23 December 2013
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