Cirebon masks are very flexible for telling stories : Nomis

West Javanese  dance  is still a modern art performance

Watching  the development of time,  West Javanese traditional dances are still preserved,  even though life is modern.   This effort is  deliberately made so that  the culture that was  inherited long ago  never fades.   The role of culture  for  a  region or tribe is very important as a form of  identity in society.

It  is not only  an art, but different types of dance  are often  performed in important events.   Dance performances always  invite interest from the community   to respect the culture of  a region.   Starting from government elements, art  workers and  society  combine with each other to  preserve art.

Dance is often used to  convey a story  or history of behavior through movements according to rhythm.   Gamelan music will accompany as long as the dancer performs movements aimed at performing arts.  Until now,  it still exists in certain areas when  traditional  events are held.

However, dance does not always appear in sacred ceremonies alone,  because it  can be used as folk entertainment.    Of course, in  the development of modern times,  art can be well combined without diluting cultural values.  So that  you get to know more about the art,  we will describe it in full according to its popularity.

Jaipong from Sunda is still popular today

Seeing the great evolution of the dance world, it turns out that  there  are many aspects that need attention .   Different types of dancer movements will give their own uniqueness  when in an art performance.  One  of them is an  art in the form of dance that originated in West Java called jaipong.

Jaipong originates from a certain  territory, namely originating   in the Karawang region with certain characteristics.    In this area,  of course,  the  type of dance has  been  widely known to the local community because it  has become a tradition.   From  just one area,  it has now spread  throughout the province of  West Java.

The  uniqueness of this art lies in costumes worn by dancers while on  stage.  Accessories on the  head are in the form of buns decorated with  flowers and clothes of bright colors.   Not to  forget also related to  the shawl  that had to be wrapped around the dancer’s neck when performing   her art movements.

The image of  the West Javanese dance is also accompanied by music with a fast and fixed pace. Therefore,  the  dancer’s movements must  also be agile to follow the rhythm  and rhythm of the instrument.  There is a special meaning  that  must be consciously conveyed through jaipong with the intention that  Sundanese women never give up.

In addition to displaying an  unyielding message  , it turns out that there is also a meaning behind the movements of the jaipong dancers.   This is related to the presence of  a beautiful body and face, so it shows a graceful nature.   In other words,  a woman can definitely  be  herself  thanks to self-confidence.

Ronggeng Bugis must be preserved by the community

Discussing about  several  dance names, of course,  referring to several types at once when entering Sundanese land.    There are many traditional West Javanese dances that can be known by people outside the area.  You can discuss about the existence of a type from the Cirebon area  with its characteristics.

This type of art refers to the name ronggeng bugis,  which means Makassar literally.   The name comes from the Bugis troops after being  able to provide assistance and settle the Cirebon area.   From this story,  there began to be a community and a fusion of cultures between the two.

Due to the cultural fusion of art,   the result is also quite unique as a spectacle worthy of tradition.   The uniqueness lies in  the dancers, who  are  all  among the men with thick make-up.  For  a striking natural makeup to look like this  , it is also intended to be an attraction in itself.

In this  West Javanese   dance,  the dance costume also uses a  light kebaya.  The bun is also positioned as a woman with about four or more dancers.  The main purpose of  the stories  and stories brought through the movement is to bring the feeling of comedy.

All movements and choreography are performed attractively  even in  a complete kebaya costume according to the music.   One of the other peculiarities of   ronggeng bugis is the freedom of dancers to create fun improvisations.   Knowing this, then you can at least distinguish the type  of dance  when you are in the region.

Tap Tilu is often performed in sacred ceremonies

The discussion continues whether a unique model of  dance art that originated in West Java  is tap tilu.  To know the difference on  a basic basis,  this dance model is often held on  certain sacred occasions. Because  it is considered  sacred,  spiritual ceremonies are very synonymous with presenting dance movements as performances.

Not many people understand the differences in  different types of   uniqueness in the type of printing style.   Usually,  the  dance model will be held when welcoming the  rice harvest period by  the community.   The kingdom and rice field owners  will often hold these art performances as well  as become people’s entertainment.

The tap-tilu dance is accompanied by  the  main musical instrument  in the form of a  rebab, which is a classic traditional instrument.    This musical instrument became commonly found in royal times  to  provide musical accompaniment  to dance.

West Javanese  regional dances  use unique costumes with complete kebaya,  but are more likely to be dark colors.   Dancers are performed by women in  accordance with the  provisions  of  the creators of  the art of dance in detail.    However,  there are male dancer pairs who also wear headbands and leather belts.

During the performance,  you can enjoy the  performance with the music of the gamelan as long as the dance begins.   Until now,  there  are still many  types of dance that  can be found  in different performance venues according to the event.  So it is not surprising if  until  some time tap tilu is still safe as a tradition of  ancestral relics.

Cirebon masks are very flexible for telling stories

Trying to understand the  different arts owned by a region , must be carried out by the community.     All sorts of traditions still need to  be passed on to  the  next generation so as not to disappear from civilization.  Therefore, art must  appeal  to the audience’s need for  entertainment performances.

The dance from West Java that  needs to be discussed in detail is the Cirebon mask that uses characters.    Masks have a different natural form for  each  model, allowing each viewer to  get  to know the character more easily.  In addition, mask dancing has 5 different types and names for performances.

The names of the masks include pennant masks, samba, patih, rumyang,   and kelana with their own characters.   Initially  ,  this dance model was born from street artists, and then developed over time.  In fact, there began to be many people who could enjoy their dancing, even if  it  was in modern times.

According to the panca wanda mask,  later dancers will wear  different models depending on the specific story  and story.    Adjustments are needed  to make  the  shape of the mask character more relevant to  the dancer’s story.   In addition,  the music must  also be presented  according  to the  story so that the movements remain in rhythm.

In  general,  Cirebon mask dance carries a message in the form of all life problems that people will face.   The point is that  each dance model will have its own uniqueness depending on the  purpose and how to  perform the art.   In this way,  there  is no doubt that dances from West Java will always be  in demand by the public.

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