Tapa Tilu is often performed in sacred rituals : HpSamsung
Tapa Tilu is often performed in sacred rituals : HpSamsung

Tapa Tilu is often performed in sacred rituals : HpSamsung

Western Javanese dance is still  a rendition of modern art

Given  the evolution of time  , the  traditional dance of  Western Javanese is  still  preserved, even though life is  modern  .  This effort is deliberately made so that  the culture that has passed since ancient times  never fades away.  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 many  types of dances  are often danced at important events.  The performance of the dance always invites interest from the community to respect  the  culture of  an area.  Starting with official elements,  art workers, and communities come together with each other  to  preserve art.

Dance art is often used  to present  a story or a story of behavior through movement in accordance  with the rhythm  .  The sound of the gamelan music   will showcase  movements with the  dancer aimed at showcasing the  art  .  As of now, it is still found in some areas  when traditional  events are being held.

In any  case  , dance does not always appear in sacred  rituals  because it  can be used as a folk entertainer.  In the development of modern times, of course,  art  can be combined well without undermining cultural values.  So that you  are more familiar with  this art  , we want to  describe it in full  according to  its  popularity.

Sunda to Japong  is still popular today

Looking at the great development of the world of dance, it turns out that there are many aspects that need attention.  They provide their uniqueness when there are different types of dance moves in   an  art performance  .   One of them  is art in the form of  dance originating from West Java  called  Japong.

Zapong originated from a particular region, which  originated in  the Karawang region with  certain characteristics.  Undoubtedly,  the nature of dance in  the area has been widely known to the local  community  as it  is  a tradition.  Starting  from just one region, it has now  spread to everyone in  West Java province.

The uniqueness  of this art is in the costumes worn by the dancers while on stage   .  The accessories on the head are  in  the  form of a bun decorated with flowers  and brightly coloured  fabrics.   Also    don’t forget that the shawl  should be wrapped around the neck while performing  the   dancer’s art  moves   .

The picture of the Western Javanese dance is  also  accompanied  by music with  a fast and steady pace. Therefore, the  movements of the  dancer should also be swift to follow  the  rhythm and rhythm of  the instrument  .  A different meaning must be   conveyed deliberately through Japong,  the intention of which circumcised women never give up.

In addition to showing an unwavering message, it also turns out that there is also a motive behind the  movements of the Japong dancers  .  It is  related   to the existence  of  a beautiful body and  face  so that it  reflects a beautiful nature.  In other words, a woman can certainly be in herself  because of self-confidence.

Ronggeng Bugis must be protected by the community

Of course, discussing the matter of the names of several dances refers to several types at the same time when entering the land of Sunda.  There are many traditional Western Javanese dances known  to people  outside the   region.  You can discuss a kind of  presence  from the Syreban area with  its features.

The name of this type of art is Rongeng Bugis which literally means makassar.  The name  comes from the  presence  of  Bugis troops after being able  to  provide assistance and  settle the  Sireban region   .  Starting  with this story, a form of community  and a  combination of cultures between the  two began to take place.

Because of the cultural combination of art, the result  is  also quite unique as a spectacle of traditional value.   The  uniqueness  is in favour of the dancers,  all of whom come from men with thick make-up.  This  kind of look  for  a stunning natural makeup  also intends  to be  an attraction in itself.

Full light coloured kebaya is also used in the costume of the  dancer  in  this Western Javanese dance  .  The bun  is  also  kept like  a  woman with about four or more dancers.  The main purpose  of the stories and stories brought about by   the  movement  is to bring out a comical sensibility.

All the moves and choreography are performed in an attractive manner even though they are  wearing  full kebaya  costumes  as per the music.   Another uniqueness of  Rongeng Bugis is  the freedom of the  dancers  to produce funny  improvisation.  Knowing  this, then at least you can distinguish the type of dancing  in  this area.

Tapa Tilu is often performed in sacred rituals

Discussions are underway  on Tap Tillu,  a unique model  of dance art  that originated  in West Java  .  In order to find out the differences on the basis,  this dance model   is often  organized at some sacred events  . Because it is considered sacred,    spiritual   rituals resemble performing dance performances in the form of performances.

Many people do  not understand the difference  in  the  uniqueness of different types in the type of tap tillu  .  Usually,  the dance model is  organized   by  the  community  while welcoming the harvesting  time  of  rice.  The state and owner of rice fields often  organises these art performances  as well as becomes a folk entertainer.

The tape  is  in the form of a rebab with the main musical instrument  accompanying  the Tillu dance which is a classical traditional instrument.  This musical instrument  was usually found in  the  imperial era  to  provide musical accompaniment to the dance. The dancer will follow  the  movements according to the melody and tempo of the  music to integrate the results.

Western Javanese regional dances use unique costumes with full kebaya but are more likely to be of darker colours.  The dancers are presented in   detail  by women  in accordance with the arrangements of the creators of such  dance   arts.  However, there  are  pairs of  male  dancers who  also wear  headbands  and  leather  belts.

During the staging, you can enjoy  the performance with gamelan music  throughout the  dance.  So far, a variety  of dances  are still  performed at different performance venues  according to the  event.  Therefore,  it  is  no surprise that whenever Tuti Tillu is  still preserved as a tradition left behind by the ancestors  .

Syraban masks are too flexible to tell stories

Trying to  understand about the  different arts  owned  by a region needs to be done by the community.  All kinds of traditions  should  still be passed on to the next generation so as not to  disappear from civilization.  Therefore, art  should be  an attraction for the  needs of entertainment presentations for the people.

West Java’s dance  should be  discussed in detail, that is, the Siriban mask that uses the characters.  There are different natural shapes for  each model of masks  so that each viewer can get to know the characters  more  easily.  In addition, there are 5 different types and names  for performance  in mask dance.

The names written on  the masks  include Pennant Mask, Samba, Patih, Rumyang and Kelana,  who have their own characters.   At first,  this dance model was born for street artists and then evolved over time.  In fact, there began to be many people who  were able  to enjoy the art of dance despite  modern times.

According to The Five Venda’s mask, later dancers will wear different models based on some stories and stories.  Adaptations are required to make the character’s look  more relevant to the story of the  dancer  .  In addition  , the  music  should  also  be presented according to the story so that the movements remain in rhythm.

In general, the Siriban mask dance  carries a message in the form of all the problems of life that  human beings have to face.  The point is that each  dance model  will have its own uniqueness based on the  purpose and manner in  which the art is presented.  Thus, there  is no doubt that the dances of  West Java will always be demanded  by the  people.

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