Barong and Keris
One of our favourite gamelan and dance-dramas was the story of Barong and Keris. This dance is a portrayal of the conflict between good and evil. The protector spirit Barong (above) fights the evil demon Rangda with the help of Mpu Bharadah (below). This performance had some of the most intricate outfits and the mythical lion figure (Barong) was a huge costume manned by two dancers.