Balinese Dancing -Why you Should Go

Balinese dancing was not high on the schedule of priorities. I had a strict plan in order to get enough material for the hotels I was reviewing however our driver suggested it would be nice to go. I had no intention of staying long, let alone for the whole play however after five minutes I was completely mesmerised.

Balinese dancing
Balinese dancing

The costumes are handmade and you can see all the time and work that has gone into them. I found myself zooming in and taking inspo shots for my next homemade cushion/bag. Even the most feminine looking costume was still terrifying on the male villain. I never thought I would be scared by a man wearing make-up, flowers and dressed in pink. The dance embodies religious and artistic expression and the colours, costumes, eye contact, and music all prove this.

traditional Indonesian dancing
traditional Balinese dancing
Balinese dancing

The music is a strange sound, erratic and eerie it will have you transfixed. Unlike any music I have heard before this sound really resonated with me. The dance we saw was the Barong dance which is a classic story of good (The Barong, a large lion) triumphing over evil ( The evil witch Rangda).

Indonesian traditional play
Indonesian play

I highly recommend going to see traditional Balinese dancing if you have time. It truly is a beautiful performance to behold and will remain in your memory forever.

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