Ramayana Ballet @ Prambanan

This open-air theatrical performance has been performing since 1990.

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More than 250 artists are performing twice weekly during the dry season at the open air stage besides the Prambanan temple.

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We were lucky to visit Prambanan Complex on a weekend, and there are still seats available.

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We were luckier when we were granted access to the back stage to meet the artists preparing for the performance.

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The performers doubled as make-up artists and did their own make-ups.

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They were so used to performance the character and it takes less than 15 minutes to complete the make-up.

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There was no fancy dress room. The backstage dressing room has only basic amenities.

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Audiences get into the theater by 7:30pm, and the show ends on 9:30pm.

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I have seen the similar dance in Bali, the highlight is when Hanoman is about to be burned alive, but the monkey burn down Rhawana’s kingdom.

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You could see the Prambanan temple was in the backdrop. If you are not a fan of theatrical performance, you can buy the cheaper ticket (not the VIP).

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