Catur Eka Budhi, Bali Dance Show
The traditions of Bali remain well preserved in many areas. There are several places on the island to see traditional Balinese dancing.
This dance takes place each morning in Kesiman village near Sanur. It is of course performed just for the visiting tourists (with traditional local dances only taking place on special occasions and usually in the evening), but as it is a larger show, it offers a good setting, cast and costumes.
The dance is a traditional “Barong” dance, one of the most popular in Bali. It features a lead character that is half lion half dog in appearance, with the traditional fight between good and evil. The performance represents a classic style of blending myth and history into a modern story. The story of the dance is always the same, and is based on a tenth century King of Bali. The King’s mother is a practitioner of black magic, and sets out to attack the King. He summons the help of the mythical Barong creature. Each of the dances then represents this struggle of forces of good and evil. In a full version of the dance, the masks of the lead characters are considered sacred and must be blessed beforehand by a priest.
The dancing is accompanied with traditional Indonesian Gamelan instruments, and attendees have plenty of chance after the show to look closer at the costumes or the instruments.
Organized tours include Barong dance performances in other locales.