Last January, I and my friend were invited to experience a stage of unforgettable and spectacular performance in Bali named “Devdan Show —Treasure of the Archipelago“. It was an high-energy visual tour of Indonesia’s culture and diversity. This Devdan Show featured a fusion of traditional Indonesian dance activities with modern contemporary dance, world-class aerial acrobatic attractions, dazzling costumes and hi-tech special effects.

The word “Devdan” comes from Sanskrit ‘Deva‘ and ‘Dhana‘, which mean “God’s Grace”. This show symbolizes Indonesia’s treasures are God’s gifts for Indonesian people. The Devdan Show begins when two young children who joined a tour to Bali were being bored with the tour itinerary and set themselves apart from the group. They climbed toward a cliff that has grabbed their attention. Surprisingly, they found treasures such as Udeng (Balinese hat), Songket (Sumatran fabric), Keris (Javanese traditional knife), Borneo traditional instrument and Koteka (Papua’s traditional clothes) that would bring them, and the audience into an amazing journey to witness the treasure of Indonesia.

First they were introduced by Balinese spectacular culture: Kecak performance, traditional kites, and celebration of rice harvest dance to a Hindus ceremony called Odalan when they found Udeng., a silken piece of Songket fabric swallowed the children as they disappeared beneath its power and they reappeared in a small traditional village in Sumatra. They enjoyed a breathtaking choreography of Saman dance, Melayu melody also creates the perfect ensemble which had stolen audiences’ attention. Moved to hypnotic Java, a princess with her chambermaids band, attract the cowered children with music and traditional dances. They also entertained a traditional puppet show, named Wayang where finally the puppets came alive.

A charming romance was in the air when a high-flying romantic duo aerial strap in a sleepy fishing village. Dayak traditional dance, net dance, and water dance were also showed the tribal arts of Borneo. And the last, the tribes of Papua painted their faces in the ancient way, adorned the show with their tribal dresses and prepare for the manhood festival. The children really witnessed the full spectacle of dance and traditional lore.

During 90 minutes magical stage, it showed us journey through the Indonesian archipelago from Bali to Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Papua. In addition, this show explained us the diversity and uniqueness of traditional dances, costumes and musics from around Indonesia, deliberately blended into the performance of contemporary music and “hip hop” dance, made the show very dynamic and entertaining for audiences of all ages from around the world.

In my opinion, this show is one of the most amazing Bali attractions and ensures to provide a perfect choice to fulfill your entertainment activities during your stay in Bali. Unfortunately, I couldn’t capture any moment inside because there is a prohibition to capture the show :(. All the images I got from Google.

Devdan show performs four times per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 pm) at the most advanced theatrical complex which is located in the heart of Nusa Dua, the Bali Nusa Dua Theatre. Click this link to see the ticket price.

Enjooooy! I’m sure you won’t regret this!

Thank you for reading, fellas!
Lots of love,