Mask Dance, Reflections kind of Character

By | November 7, 2014

Mask dance  is a part of traditional Balinese dance. In addition to performances staged as entertainment, there is also a kind of mask dance which is a complement of a religious ceremony. One mask dance that has a function in both cases is an old mask dance, also called Werda  lumaku dance.

Old mask dance featuring a magnificent dancer dressed and wearing wooden masks of ilang ilang wood. The face look likes a man’s character is the age of retirement. When the show, the dancer will be running around the stage and danced with slow motion. Occasionally, the dancer take a deep breath dotted while sweeping his sweat funnily from his mask. The Dancers performed choreography depicts the old man was fond of his youth. Through Mask Dance, Balinese people can learn the history, current social issues and virtues (faith, piety and honesty) in a fun and entertaining ways. In the end, good always triumphs over evil character marked by the defeat of evil.
This dance included as one of  dance that has a sacred values, old mask dance is usually performed in ritual (piodalan) celebration. Mostly, the memorial held every six months counted by using the Balinese calendar system, this dance will be staged in conjunction with other types of dance masks into a single unit called the five masks. In addition to the old mask, the mask consists of five royal mask, hard mask (keras), hard mask (Keras bues), and figure penasar ( the storyteller). Besides staged as part of a religious ritual, the old mask dance mask and the five other components are also staged in the shorter format as non-ritual dance.

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The old mask dance was displayed as an opening dance, namely, mask dance Pajegan. Pajegan mask dance performed only during religious ceremonies In addition to being part of the five masks. Additionally, all the characters in this dance performed by a dancer. The dancers will portray different characters to the display mask, headgear, and gesture differently. Mask Dance has actually existed before the arrival of Hinduism and Buddhism in Java and Bali, which developed since the 15th century. Stories are often taken from the classic Chronicle-story  popular history in the community. In addition, the story was also raised from local history, epic, myths, and fairy tales. Performing the ballet is usually accompanied by the gamelan. There is a conscious effort to include many aspects of human experience that are sometimes contradictory, such as sacred and profane, beauty and ugliness, good and evil. In Bali, in addition to the popular ballet, ballet some masks that are sacred and only performed at ceremonies and religious rituals. Masks worn by the dancers / characters in this dance can be purchased at many souvenir shops, especially around Mas and Ubud Or can also be custom made-to-order.