Based on an epic Hindu poem, the story model king Rama was adapted to become an important local dance, encompassing the Javanese style, culture and music. Whilst the story originated in India, the Javanese version is truly representative of local art and culture.
In the evenings, this ballet comes to life, enacted by over 200 professional dancers and musicians on an open air stage that takes advabtage of Prambanan Temple as a backdrop.
Prambanan’s Siva Temple depicts the ballet as interpreted locally in a series of
stone reliefs, making the link to the site hundreds of years strong.
The story revolves around the duties of relationships; the qualities of the ideal
wife, king, brother and servant. Gods, mortals, giants, monkeys and beautiful
women all come together to tell the colourful story of a courtship punctuated
by a kidnapping and battles.
*The outdoors performances run from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, and are weather dependent.*