Esplanade Presents


Festival Opening: Blessings of the Barong

Eka Suwara Santhi, Gamelan Pinda Sari and Sanggar Langlang Jagat (Singapore, Indonesia)

12 Apr 2024, Fri, 7pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Forecourt Garden

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Two mythical figures are ever-present in Bali: the Barong, protector against evil forces and portrayed playfully as a creature with big eyes, clacking jaws and layers of fur; and Rangda, the much-feared though respected witch-widow queen of black magic, with aggressive bulging eyes, large tusks, matted hair, a long tongue and entrails dangling out.


Both Barong and Rangda are imbued with a strong aura of magic: old and authentic masks that bear holy inscriptions are consecrated through a set of rituals, and kept in village temples where they are revered as patron spirits.


The relationship and mythology of Barong and Rangda are complex: one destroys and the other protects; and neither one triumphs over the other permanently, but out of the chaos, balance and order is restored.


The Barong  

Weighing up to 40kg, the Barong has bulging eyes, large ears, and a headdress of gilt leather and shining pieces of mirror. Its hairy body is ornamented with long leaves and colourful feathers up to its upright tail, and glimmers when the Barong moves. Two male dancers control the Barong: - the forward dancer supports and moves the head and jaws, while the dancer behind supports and moves in coordination. Their movements have to be completely in sync in order to perform its fast turns and leaps.


As the protector against evil and host of all good forces, the Barong’s presence has always been seen as auspicious. Come experience the blessing of the Barong at the festival opening of A Tapestry of Sacred Music 2024

Language: Balinese, Indonesian and English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Eka Suwara Santhi


Eka Suwara Santhi was established in 2014 and is Singapore’s only Balinese dance group. It performs a variety of Balinese dances ranging from traditional and ancient pieces to modern choreographies. Eka Suwara Santhi also conducts dance and movement workshops from basic to advanced levels. They also conduct lectures and talks on Balinese dance and its cultural and historical associations. 

Gamelan Pinda Sari

Led by maestro drummer I Nyoman Kariasa from the Indonesian Institute of Fine Arts (ISI) in Denpasar, Bali, Gamelan Pinda Sari is well-known in Bali for its exuberant playing style. The musicians are all villagers from Pinda in Bali and have performed in Singapore on several occasions.

Sanggar Langlang Jagat

Sanggar Langlang Jagat was set up by I Made Suteja, a well-known dancer in Batuan, Bali. Also known as the Kaki Bebek House group after Suteja's home studio, Sanggar Langlang Jagat performs traditional Balinese dances in the classic Batuan style. The group also conducts classes and workshops for adult learners and children. 

Date & Time

12 Apr 2024, Fri


Esplanade Forecourt Garden

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