If there is one show in Indonesia that you should see it is this show. If there is one show that allows you to see the vibrant and diverse cultures of its different islands, it has to be the Devdan show. This internationally acclaimed Devdan show is popularly referred to as the ‘Treasure of the Archipelago’. It show local traditions and cultures from Bali, Java, Kalimantan, Sumatra and Papua in a high energy dance performance.
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This show organized by the Bali Nusa Dua Theatre is a fusion of traditional Indonesian dance activities with modern contemporary dance, world class aerial acrobatic attractions, dazzling costumes and high tech special effects. The best part about this show is its artists whose energy never drops through the 90 minute show and this ensures that the audience’s senses stay riveted to the stage. Such is the power the artistes hold over the audience.
Personally, I was blown away by the whole show. While I found the Javanese dances to be a bit slow, I was open mouthed during the Sumatran dance, had goose bumps during the Kalimantan acrobatic dance and felt like I needed to shake a leg too while I saw the wild Papua dance in action. The Balinese dances were also good, but since I am from South India, I have seen similar dance forms before and hence it was not outstanding for me. But, Sumatra, Kalimantan (Borneo) and Papua simply blew my mind away. While watching these dances, all I felt was sheer joy and privileged to be watching it live.
Apart from the outstandingly nimble, fearless, dexterous and skilled dancers, I think the support team (light effects, sound effects, stage setting, et al) should also get a lot of credit as it was a team effort to make it a magical performance.
This show takes place four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) at 07:00 pm. Bookings can either be made online or through your hotel or travel agent. Adult tickets start from USD 55 and go on till USD 120 for reclining lazy boy seats and prime viewing location. These tickets also ensure free pick up and drop from your hotel to the theatre if you are a minimum group size of 2 people. At first look, the tickets might seem a bit expensive, but once you are enthralled by the 90 minute high performance dance show, you will realize that it is more than enough value for money. After all, it has got glowing reviews from celebrities like Rani Mukherjee (Bollywood actress from India), Matthew Jessner (Director of Macau’s most famous dance show) and esteemed guests from all over the world just to name a few. In simple words, do not miss this show.