Traditional Dance For the rest of Malang Raya, East Java Province inde known as an area with a variety of artistic cultures that are endless to be explor. There are various cool art cultures in East Java, one of which is the phenomenal art of traditional dance. Malang, as one of the regions in East Java, also has several traditional dances which are full of philosophy and history. So, what traditional dances actually exist in Malang? Does this traditional dance still exist in the modern era like now?
Here are some cool traditional dances from Malang
1. Beskalan Dance
This dance is one of the typical dances of Malang. Which was originally us in rituals of respect for Dewi Sri or the goddess of fertility. This dance was originally a ritual when planting rice, asking for soil fertility. In this dance, dancers use red scarves. However, currently this dance is us as a welcoming dance. This dance began to appear in the 1930s, which was a period of ludruk development.
2. Bedayan Dance
This dance is one of the dances us to welcome guests. Bedayan dance has the meaning of simplicity, straightforwardness, and openness. In accordance with the nature of most people in Malang City. Based on folklore, this dance was present when the queen of the ruler of the South Sea, Nyi Roro Kidul, had a meeting with kings. There are nine dancers in this dance which produce a beautiful unified dance movement.
3. Grebeg Wiratama Dance
This dance is one of Malang’s traditional dances which has the meaning of the spirit of entrepreneurship of soldiers who are going to war. The movements shown in this dance tend to be masculine and assertive. Like the nature of a soldier. Not only that, this dance also describes the humorous nature of humans.
4. Malangan Mask Dance
This dance is one of Malang’s traditional dances which has its own characteristics. That is wearing a mask. The dancers are requir to animate the character of the mask. This dance was first initiated by Airlangga, son of Darmawangsa Beguh from the Kingdom of Kediri.
This traditional dance is increasingly recogniz and develop in the Singosari Kingdom, led by Ken Arok. According to the Indonesian Communal Intellectual Property National Data Center, this mask dance adopts the story of Panji.
Mask dance has the meaning of human life which is sometimes sad, happy, angry, and others. Another meaning taken from the mask pattern is that red represents lust, green represents life, and white represents purity.