Balinese theatre

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Gambuh performance in Budakeling, Bali
Gamelan orchestra for a Gambuh performance

Balinese theatre and dramas include Janger dance, pendet dance performances and masked performances of Topèng. Performances are also part of funeral rituals involving a procession, war dance, and other rituals before the cremation of the patulangan. [1] Balinese use the word sesolahan for both theatre and dance.[1]

Barong Ket: lion barong, the most common Barong, it is the symbol of a good spirit.
Barong Landung: giant barong, the form is similar to Betawi Ondel-ondel
Barong Celeng: boar barong
Barong Macan: tiger barong
Barong Naga: dragon (or serpent)
  • Gambuh, plays with chanting and music including the use of long flute like instruments
  • Topèng, masked theatre
  • Calonarang, performances at temples during times of danger or difficulty that involve stories
  • Drama Gong, popular theatre developed in the late 1960s
  • Sendratari, a group ballet form that emerged in the 1960s that includes a dhalang puppeteer giving dialogue and often a gamelan (orchestra), Sendratari or Kècak chant

Javanese Wayang shadow plays are performed in Bali.


See also


  1. ^ a b "About theatre and dance in Bali". Archived from the original on 2015-08-10. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
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