Tipped to be a Balinese cultural extravaganza like no other, an evening at the Kuta Theatre is spectacular one that is unlikely to be forgotten soon after its conclusion. Displaying just what the show’s promotional posters promises an “Unbelievable Theatre Show” is all one can expect of this mega cultural exchange. Combining traditional Balinese dance performances with theatrical elements and truly magical illusions that takes one’s breath away, an evening at the Kuta Theatre is an once in a lifetime opportunity to explore Balinese performance art and culture.
Taking centre stage at 8pm the Kuta Theatre Show begins with a mesmerizing Balinese dance item complete with all the pomp and pageantry of a traditional Bali dance recitals. Slights of hand and grand illusions follow in this retelling of a modern classic. Based on true to life events the narrative travels back and forth from the future to the past in this story of friendship lost and found in an epic play also known as the tale of Gusti and Ni Ulantari. Turning his back on his roots, ancestry and finally his friend wealthy tycoon Gusti forsakes all he has known to embrace a detrimental lifestyle away from Ni Ulantari. Drinking, philandering and other moral wrongs are just some of the immoral acts committed by Gusti who no longer fears Karmic retribution. However Ni Ulantari’s unwavering faith in Lord Shiva and prayers to the God of Mercy results in Lord Shiva sending magical Legong dancers to earth to rectify the situation. Commonly used symbols in Bali theatrical productions come in to play here with the county’s fascination with mythology and magic also playing a central role in the execution of the plot.
Scenes of magic and supplication follow in this tale of great friendship and the redeeming power of personal sacrifice. Theatrical elements are used to great effect to move the story from present to past and then back again in this hour long show which appeals to audiences across demographics.
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