East Java dance is a dance that originates from the region in East Java. Some of these dances are already famous in the world.
For example, Reog Ponorogo. This dance is often performed abroad.
Following 7 East Javanese dances and the explanation:
1. Reog Ponorogo
Reog Ponorogo dance is a popular East Javanese dance. This dance is performed by several players with the main dancer wearing a Barongan mask.
Reported by the Kemdikbud website, Reog dancers perform movements with a Barongan mask that weighs almost 50 kg on their head by relying on the strength of their teeth.
Reog Ponorogo art consists of two to three opening dances. The first dance was performed by 6 to 8 men.
8 Men wear all black clothes and polished red faces. These dancers depict the figure of a brave lion.
Next is a dance performed by six to eight girls riding horses.
2. Guro Gudho Mask Dance
The Guro Gudho mask dance is similar to Reog Ponorogo. The dancers also wear Barongan masks but the size is not as big as Reog.
Guro Gudho tells a legend from East Java which tells of a person with the Sudra caste (the lowest social class in Java in the past). He sought spiritual power and knowledge.
During his spiritual journey to reach his wisdom, he encountered various tests and obstacles. However, according to the natural law, evil is always defeated by virtue.
3. Dance Remo
The Remo dance comes from Surabaya. This dance symbolizes the soul and heroism.
Remo dance is performed to welcome guests. Most of the dancers are male, although it can be performed by women.
The characteristic of this dancer is the stomping of the feet wearing a bracelet, causing a jingling sound.
4. Horse Lumping
Lumping horse or commonly called jaran braids or jathilan is an East Javanese dance originating from Ponorogo. This dance features a group of soldiers who are riding horses.
This dance uses a horse made of bamboo or other materials that are woven and cut to resemble a horse. The horse is decorated with artificial hair made of plastic rope or other braids.
5. Seblang Dance
This East Javanese dance originates from Banyuwangi. This dance can only be found in two villages in the Glagah sub-district, Banyuwangi, namely Bakungan and Olehsari villages.
Seblang dance is a ritual that is carried out for the purposes of cleaning the village and repelling reinforcements. This is so that the village remains in a safe and secure condition.
6. Gandrung Dance
Gandrung dance is an East Javanese dance which also originates from Banyuwangi. This dance is performed for official and unofficial events. Gandrung dance is performed as gratitude after harvest.
7. Thengul Dance
The next East Javanese dance is the Thengul dance. This dance originates from Brojonegoro and is inspired by the Thengul puppet, from that city.
Watch Video “The festive Reog Festival, Ponorogo“
(nwy / pal)