Watching traditional dances when you are in Ubud is a must as Ubud is well known for its art and culture. Every Sundays at 7.30 pm. Pondok Pekak, a dance troupe from Ubud, performs Legong dance and other favorite Balinese dances. Located at a public hall called Balai Banjar Ubud Kelod, Monkey Forest road, next to the soccer field, you may interest to watch their show. Entrance fee is Rp. 75.000,- which you can obtain at Ubud Tourist Information Office, street ticket sellers, or at the gate of the venue. Here is summary of their show during about 1 hour. Have a nice watch.
Sekar Jagat Welcome Dance
The Sekar Jagat dance represents the ritual presentation of an offering in the form of dance and is performed by a group of young girls. It is commonly used to welcome an audience to a performance or event and can sometimes be seen at temple ceremonies where the dancers joyfully receive and welcome the “audience” of gods to the ceremony.
Baris Warrior Dance
The Baris dance, a dazzling dance glorifying the power and strength of Balinese warrior, is most commonly performed as a solo exhibition dance, often by a young boy. This ecpressive dance is divided into three parts, each expressing the different moods and range of emotions of the young warrior. The word “Baris” means line or file, as in a line of warriors going into battle.
Legong Kraton Dance
This famous classical Balinese drama was traditionally held in the palace courtyard to entertain the king. Usually performed by three young girls, this dance is adapted from the epic story of the arrogant Kind Lasem and the Princess Langke Sari, whom he desires and hold against her will. In this part of the story, the king has been threatened by the brother of the Princess, the King of Daha, and is leaving his castle to wage battle against him. A series of omens suggest he will die in battle but he depart anyway, bidding farewell to the Queen and Langke Sari. The final omen arrives in the form of a Garuda bird that flies to him and pecks him on the head. However, King Lasem has already accepted his fate he continues his journey and eventually dies in battle.
Kebyar Duduk Dance (Taruna Jaya)
This contemporary dance from North Bali, depicts the period of invancy and adolescence in the life of a Prince. The gestures and movement of the advogenius dancer, expresses bravery and the effervescence of youth.
Composed in the 1950s this duet represents the courtship of two bumblebees flit from flower to flower in a beautiful garden.
This traditional mask dance portrays a demon, alone in the jungle, which is free to fly, move and be happy. Watch the ancient costume as the dancer turns around.