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Javanese dance flourishes in Indonesian theater

Wayang Orang dancers prepare for their show at the Bharata Theatre in Jakarta May 5, 2012.

photos by Beawiharta / Reuters

Wayang Orang, or Human Theater, is a type of traditional Javanese dance. A revival of immemorial culture allows the Bharata Theatre to show Jakarta an art once restricted to aristocrats. Wayang Orang is influenced by Hinduism and can involve more than 100 people as dancers and musicians.

Wayang Orang dancers sit backstage and wait to perform

A Wayang Orang dancer smokes before a show.

Spectators watch a Wayang Orang performance at the Bharata Theatre.

Wayang Orang dancers perform at the Bharata Theatre in Jakarta on May 5, 2012.

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