Tuesday, November 4, 2008

My world: Jaipongan, A West Javanese Cultural Heritage



"Jaipongan" is a relatively new creation dance. The correography of this dance is attributed to Gugum Gumbira, a prominent Bandung artist, musician, dancer, and correographer. It became popular in the early 1980s.

The correography of "jaipongan" is derived from/inspired by older West Javanese traditional folk "socialization" dances such as "ketuk tilu", "kliningan", "bajidoran" and some movements of "pencak silat" (Indonesian traditional martial art). It is called a socialization dance because it is primarily performed as an entertainment (as compared to dances that are performed for rituals or other ceremonial occasions) where members of the audience are invited to take part and interact with the dancer(s) and other members of the audience.

"Jaipongan" by the way is a very dynamic dance with swift, quick, and rhythmical motions and music.

This post is my participation for the meme MY WORLD.

13 comments:

Louise said...

The costume is beautiful. I am sure the dance is equally so.

Virginia said...

You captured her so well! So graceful and what a beautiful girl she is.
V

Livio said...

What beautiful dancer!

BeverlyDiane said...

This is a beautiful picture. You have captured the dancer and the wonderful colors. I love it.

Klaus said...

A wonderful capture, that really does include the sens of motion!
Bravo!
Cheers, Klaus

Rambling Woods said...

She is so beautiful and so is the costume..thank you for sharing the background Eki....

Photo Cache said...

The costume is so amazing. I would love to wear that.

Ming said...

Very nice picture of the dancer Eki. Very informative Blogs and thanks for sharing. Cheers.

the donG said...

ill try to search for a video of this in youtube. nice capture as you can really see her in that part of the dance.

Hilda said...

We would call it a neo-ethnic dance — a fusion of modern and traditional. I would love to watch a performance!

Beautiful costume and a wonderful shot!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Wonderful photo of the dancer and very interesting post

uncleawang said...

Sarawak perhap similar to Indonesia in term of culture & dance.
Beautiful culture isn't it?
Have a nice day.

babooshka said...

Absolutely fascinating. So articulatey eplained and she is so elegant. Anowther wonderful glimpse into your exotic world to my eyes. The blue is just stunning in this shot.