When visiting Indonesia, or more specifically Yogyakarta on the island of Java, it is recommended that you see at least one performance of the classical courtyard dances – Bedoyo, Srimpi and Petilan. Traditionally performed in a Pendopo (essentially a large open courtyard covered only by a typical Javanese peaked roof), these ancient dances date back as far as the 8th century AD. Originally performed for specifically for Royalty, there are often now performances found in both public and private Pendopos. The image above was taken in one of the main public Pendopos in central Yogyakarta, and was free for the public to attend.
Traditional dance in the Pendopos of Yogyakarta
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