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Barong & Kris Dance Uma Dewi

Balinese Traditional Dance


Barong and Kris Dance is one of the island’s most iconic dance-dramas, on par with the Legong Dance and Kecak Dance. Those with a keen interest in arts and culture will appreciate the performances the most, with daily shows scheduled at various stages throughout the island’s main tourism areas.

Shows are locally managed locally; dances performed by villagers, and live gamelan orchestra accompanies the full length of the show. As one the most popular show in Bali, Barong and Kris Dance is always included on Bali tour package itineraries.

The 12th century classical tale of good versus evil, Calon Arang, serves as the backdrop for the Barong and Kris dance. The Barong, a benevolent spirit in beast form must protect a kingdom against the vengeful wrath of the widow and witch queen, Rangda. Two male dancers work out the movements of the heavily ornate Barong costume, much in resemblance of the Chinese lion dance, while supporting dancers portray monkeys, priests and village men.

Pamphlets containing synopses are handed out at the ticket booths prior to the start of the show. Otherwise, it can be difficult to follow the story as the scenes unfold, due to the lack of narration. Normally, vibrant gamelan overtures begin as the audience is seated, then the drama unfolds, with dancing monkeys entering the stage, playfully teasing around the orderly and peaceful forest, and with the Barong that later enters the scene.

This peace is disturbed by troublemakers who turn out to be disciples of Rangda, and a scuffle ensues. Turns out that Rangda has set out to spread her reign of black magic by recruiting more followers, who turn into malevolent beings themselves. Even palace guards submit to her black magic. The Barong tries to defend the kingdom and faces off with Rangda, who brandishes her main weapon: a magical white cloth that casts malevolent spells with each swoosh.

The climactic scene has the palace guards in trance, turning on themselves by screaming and stabbing their chests fiercely with their kris daggers, but without harm due to the black magic. Barong comes to the rescue, lifting the spell off all those inflicted, and a priest comes around sprinkling holy water to fully revive the kingdom as the famine subsides, and Rangda is defeated. There are varying versions of scenes among each stage performances.

Barong and Kris Dance Schedule

09.30am - 10.30am

Activity Detail
  • Available times a day: 09.30 - 10.30am
  • Make your own to Barong dance Location
  • Barong dance location in Denpasar (Uma Dewi Barong Dance)
  • You should be arriving at location 30 minutes before the session time
  • Activity duration 1 hour
  • Toilet Facilities
  • 21% Service Charge and Government Tax
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