Dance, Indonesia. Dance!

Picture taken by Olivia Silalahi, 22 May 2016.

Picture taken by Olivia Silalahi, 22 May 2016.

We have chosen five dances from across Indonesia, namely Baris, Saman, Wayang Wong, Tari Sigale-gale, and Tari Perang to be introduced in this blogpost. We have chosen these dances from different parts of Indonesia, as seen below (circled in red : Aceh, North Sumatra, Central Java, Bali and Papua). The reason was that the dances from these parts of Indonesia give a range of meaning and dancing styles. We did not want to concentrate on one area, but a spread of places in Indonesia. Although these dances do not particularly signify Indonesia as a whole, the dances provide us with an idea that Indonesia has a vibrant mix of cultures and ideologies and that they are doing their best to keep these cultures strong. The various dances originate from multiple historical periods. The first evidence found started from 907 CE but due to the absence of reliable written records, they may have existed prior to this time period. Nevertheless, each dance is unique in its own way, all exhibit spiritual themes, such as ancestral worship and honouring the gods as well as the dead.

Photo taken from Wikipedia, 21 January 2011, CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo taken from Wikipedia, 21 January 2011, CC BY-SA 3.0

We have chosen Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ugc111/) as a platform to showcase our media!

Please do click on the link and enjoy the videos and images we have prepared for you!

A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
— Mahatma Gandhi

From the post in Instagram, we can see the different types of dances, reasons and music played across the different cultures in Indonesia. We hope to inspire people across the globe to always remember where they came from and never neglect our differences. A place with diversity is a place worth celebrating. By accepting one another's cultures and differences, we can increase social cohesiveness which can greatly benefit everyone in the country and the world. We hope that you have benefitted from our post. So now, let's go celebrate our cultures and differences!

References

Content Sources

  1. Tari Perang Tarian Tradisional Dari Papua Barat. From Negeriku Indonesia Jelajah Pesona Nusantara. Accessed on 27 March 2017. 

  2. Dr Stan Florek. Balinese Expressions : Baris Dance. (16 October 2015). From Australian Museum. Accessed on 28 March 2017.

  3. Wayang wong. (15 June 2006). From Wikipedia. Accessed on 27 March 2017.

  4. Vaughan Hatch. What is Wayang Wong Part 1. (15 April 2012). Mekar Bhuana. Accessed on 28 March 2017.

  5. Saman Dance. (15 December 2015). From Intangible Cultural Heritage. Accessed on 30 March 2017.

  6. Benny Ohorella. Saman Dance. (1 May 2010). From Papanidea Creativity Needs Guidance. Accessed on 30 March 2017.

  7. Tari Sigale-gale Kesenian Tradisional dari Sumatera Utara. From Negeriku Indonesia Jelajah Pesona Nusantara. Accessed on 27 March 2017.

  8. Mauly Purba. Gondang Sabangunan ensemble music of the Batak Toba people: Musical instruments, structure, and terminology. (16 June 2008). From Journal of Musicological Research. Accessed on 27 March 2017.

  9. I Nyoman Sedana. Collaborative Music in the Performance of the Balinese Shadow Theater. (2015) From University of Texas Press. Accessed on 21 March 2017.

  10. Ella Syafputri. The History of Balinese Dance. (20 February 2014) TEMPO.CO. Accessed on 10 April 2017.

  11. Association for Asian Studies. (November 1988) The Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 47, No.4. Accessed on 14 April 2017.

Media Sources

  1. Crisco 1492, picture found on wikipedia, 1 November 2014, CC BY-SA 4.0

  2. Taken by Olivia Silalahi, 24 May 2016. 

  3. Gunawan Kartapranata, picture found on wikipedia, 21 September 2011, CC BY-SA 3.0
  4. Gunawan Kartapranata, picture found on wikipedia, 14 August 2010, CC BY-SA 3.0
  5. Fajriboy, Saman dance, from Aceh, here performed in Borobudur, 26 October 2008, CC BY-SA 3.0
  6. Photo taken from Wikipedia, 21 January 2011, CC BY-SA 3.0
  7. Angela Roberts. Baris Dance and Gamelan, Bali, Indonesia. (6 March 2012). Youtube.
  8. Sipayung Saribudolok. Sigale-gale Huta Bolon Simanindo/LAKE TOBA. (27 February 2015). Youtube.
  9. Mr ok. Tari Perang PAPUA. (15 October 2015). Youtube.
  10. Londo Ireng. Wayang Orang Sriwedari Solo. Anoman Obong. By Wahyu. (8 March 2015). Youtube.
  11. GNP Music. Tari Ratoh Jaroe (Ratoh Jaroe Dance) - Kosentra Group. (22 November 2012). Youtube.