Sahadewa Barong Dance & Fire Dance

Sahadewa Barong Dance & Fire Dance

Sahadewa Barong Dance & Fire Dance
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Wildcat7400
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 March 10, 2020
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Cathie P
Langley City, Canada77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 November 17, 2019
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Cathy H
Woodham Ferrers, UK165 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 September 29, 2019
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Lerissa
Cape Town, South Africa59 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
It is a waste of money. The dance does not flow very well and is not entertaining. You have to keep reading the pamphlet to figure out what is happening and even then it is still difficult to follow.
There are 5 acts and it is an hour long.
It is definitely not worth the money and more importantly the time.
Written October 27, 2022
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Britt
Kalundborg, Denmark1,231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
Our best recommendations.
Written November 1, 2019
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Gerhard K
Johannesburg, South Africa50 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 October 30, 2019
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Sylvia Aye
Singapore, Singapore36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Cultural dance with man orchestra without musical instruments. Don't forget to read the storyline from their pamphlets before the show starts so that can enjoy more. Better to use some insect repellent as fire attracts insects. After the show, audience can take photo with the dancers, be quick if you want as they disappear quickly. If you are not interested in cultural things, then this show is not for you.
Written May 18, 2016
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Marty552014
Perth, Australia29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
This is a very exiting and compelling show. It is not just a dance. It is full theatre production with a theme. Visitors are given a programme which explains the acts in full. A marvellous spectacle and a must for all Bali visitors who are not just there to sample Bintang.
Written February 22, 2015
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oscar u
Kigali Province, Rwanda161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
If you are a fan of cultural shows, don't miss this. It is danced in a traditional way and with a traditional instrument
Written October 19, 2022
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Aman Bali Driver
Bali, Indonesia157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Business
Very entertaining and rich of cultural experience. Most of our clients enjoying the performance. Recommended!
Written January 18, 2020
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