|Barong enters the courtyard prancing to the rhythm of the gamelan ensemble|
The dance is about a battle between the good and evil. Interestingly, the whole dance-drama brought together the element of religion, history and mythology into play which they believe that the reality of the world is all about good and bad.
It was an enjoyable show to watch but not for a faint heart as the characters played are very strong and at some point the music and the dance can increase the heart beat. We took the seats in the first row and at times the sound of the Barong and Rangada thumping on the grounds with bells ringing furiously took us by surprise.
On the whole, I think this is a powerful dance that draws our eyes and sight to their movement. There're actually other places where the same dance is on show but the one in Batubulan is said to be the best in the island. This is definitely a must-see when you are in Bali. The ticket is 100,000 Rupiah.
|The servants of Dewi Kunti|
|Eyes movement is the key element of the Bali dancing|
|Servants of Dewi Kunti clad in colorful costumes|
|Sadewa, the son of Dewi Kunti - a female acting the role of a male|
|Sadewa with the servants|
|A playact to entertain the audience|
|Sadewa is going to fight the Barong|
|The evil spirit, Rangada, in wrath|
|The Barong men tries to kill Rangada but failed and they killed themselves|
|Some of the Barong followers were in trance|