Reog Ponorogo ( East Java Indonesia )


Reog is a traditional Indonesian dance which combined traditional art dance with magical show. There are many type of Reogs in Indonesia, but the most famous one is Reog Ponorogo.

Ponorogo is a regency (kabupaten) of East Java, Indonesia. It is known as the location of the origin of Indonesian traditional show, the Reog Ponorogo.

Ponorogo also known for its culinary specialty, Sate Ponorogo, grilled marinated chicken satay served in peanut sauce, garnished with shredded shalots, chilli paste, and lime juice.


 Reog Ponorogo tells the story about the battle between King of Ponorogo Kingdom and magical lion Singa Barong. Reog Ponorogo usually consists of 3 sets of dances and each dances is performed by several dancers.
  • The first dance is the opening dance and performed by all male dancers wearing black shade costums. 
  • The second dance is the Jaran Kepang dance. It is performed by all female dancers wearing colourful costums.
  • The third dance is the main attraction of the show. It is performed by all the Reog dancers. The main male dancer, wearing a large and heavy lion mask, is dancing in the centre of the stage, while the other dancers dance around him.

Many people believe the Reog dance has mythical power since the dancers usually perform in trance condition.


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