<p>A woman involved in Ludruk, a theatrical art form from <a href="http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/map-machine#s=r&amp;c=-5.441022303717961, 113.87329101562499&amp;z=5">East Java and Indonesia (map)</a>, inspects a costume in a picture submitted to <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/myshot/">National Geographic's My Shot community</a> on January 16.</p><p>The traditional performances focus on telling the everyday stories of common people, and can involve music, dance, and comedy.</p><p><strong>Why We Love It</strong></p><p>"This photo has many layers to engage the viewer­—the bold colors, the theatrical backdrop, the costume, and the unique framing of the performer. It pulls you in and makes you want to learn more about this centuries-old tradition from Indonesia."—<em>Monica Corcoran, senior photo editor </em></p>

Seeing Red

A woman involved in Ludruk, a theatrical art form from East Java and Indonesia (map), inspects a costume in a picture submitted to National Geographic's My Shot community on January 16.

The traditional performances focus on telling the everyday stories of common people, and can involve music, dance, and comedy.

Why We Love It

"This photo has many layers to engage the viewer­—the bold colors, the theatrical backdrop, the costume, and the unique framing of the performer. It pulls you in and makes you want to learn more about this centuries-old tradition from Indonesia."—Monica Corcoran, senior photo editor

Photograph by Ali Usman Wahyu Hidayat, My Shot

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