Based on an epic Hindu epic story, the story of model king Rama was adapted to become an important local dance, encompassing the Javanese style, culture and music.
Ramayana Prambanan Ballet performance has successfully entered the Guinness World Records as "The largest Ramayana dance in the world" that performs by 230 dancers and 30 gamelan players from Roro Jonggrang Foundation.
Staged at Prambanan Temple since 1961, the Ramayana Prambanan ballet also received an acknowledgement from the Guinness foundation as "The longest ongoing Ramayana dance in the world", the oldest coliseum ballet which is still regularly staged till today.
The performance is starting at 7:30 p.m. May-October on or around full moon evenings on the open-air stage in the Prambanan complex. A cast of 230 artists performs with the magnificent temple as its backdrop.
November-April on or around full moon evenings on the indoor stage at Trimurti Theater in the Prambanan Temple Complex. A cast of 50 artists puts on a stunning performance.
There are two versions of the production of the epic poem. The “episodic story” consists of four parts performed on four consecutive nights. Each episode lasts about 1.5 hours. The “full story” is a compilation of the four episodes and lasts about 2 hours, with a 15-minute refreshments break. Both versions of the dance-drama have been modified for tourists by omitting lengthy Javanese dialog. Refreshments are available on-site.
Credit photo: Eka Wahyu.