Dance Cultures in Southeast Asia

Dance Cultures in Southeast Asia

The history of Southeast Asia has been going on for a long time.Influences from Indian and Chinese culture helped develop a variety of different cultures and nations in Southeast Asia.Arab culture and European culture had an influence on Southeast Asian society during the pre- and post-colonial times.

The Association of South Earth Asean Nation is a group of countries in Southeast Asia.Ties of friendship between countries are strengthened.There are 11 countries in Southeast Asia, including Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, East Leste, and Singapore.There are many differences between countries in Southeast Asia.The art of dance in Southeast Asia is unusual for people from all over the world.

    1. Indonesian - Kecak dance



 The Kecak dance is an art dance performance that tells about the Ramayana and is played by men.This dance is performed by many male dancers who sit in a circle, with a certain rhythm, shout "cak" and raise both arms, depicting the story of Ramayana when a line of monkeys helped Rama fight Ravana.

The dancers in the circle wear checkered cloth around their waists.Other dancers who play characters in the Ramayana include Hanuman, Shinta, and Sugriwa.Wayan Limbak and Walter Spies collaborated on the Kecak dance in the 1930s.


    2. Malaysia - Mak Yong Dance


.Mak Yong dance drama is a form of Malay dance drama that combines elements of ritual, stylized plays and dances, vocal and instrumental music, songs, and stories that are formal and modest.In the Riau Archipelago, Indonesia, as well as in Terengganu, Patani, Kelantan, Kedah, and Perlis, this dance-drama was performed.

Mak Yong is offered as both entertainment and medicine.Mak Yong is thought to have existed before Islam.The Kelantan Sultanate staged the performance of Diraja until the 1920s.

This tradition is perpetuated in its original form without leaving any enhancements found in palaces, such as beautifully decorated clothes.

Mak Yong usually opens his offerings with a song, followed by dances, plays, and music.In a series of three-hour shows, each story can be presented in sequential order.In traditional offerings in the village, it is performed on an open stage with a backdrop of coconut leaves.

Orchestras consisting of fiddle players, double-headed drums, and tetawak are on the fourth side of the stage.Most of the roles are performed by women, and the stories are based on traditional folklore with characters like kings, gods, and jesters.Mak Yong is associated with a ceremony in which the handler tries to cure the patient through singing, dancing and dancing.

    3. Philippines - Tinikling Dance


 The dance that originated from Leyte, Philippines, mimics tickling birds avoiding bamboo traps.

The dancers use bamboo poles to hit, press, and slide on the ground.The bamboo is a bamboo trap for tickling birds.

    4. Thailand - Pong-Laang Dance


 The dance that originated from Leyte, Philippines, mimics tickling birds avoiding bamboo traps.The dancers use bamboo poles to hit and slide.The bamboo is used for tickling birds.

    5. Brunei Darussalam - Adai Adai Dance



The life of fishermen is the basis of the Brunei tribe's traditional dance.The story of a group of fishermen going to catch fish in the sea while the women wait for their return in the coastal area to help collect the catch that will be obtained is told in this dance.

The Adai-adai dance is usually performed by a pair of four men and four women accompanied by the beating of tambourines and gambus and singing with a rhythm almost identical to the one found in Peninsular Malaysia.

The Adai-Adai dance is usually held during the crowd of Brunei tribes.The dancers are wearing colorful clothes.The sound that accompanies the singing is the impact of the paddlers on the pinara of the boat being rowed and the beat of the bayung or kedudit.At public events, this dance is performed.

    6. Hat Dance from Vietnam,


The Southeast Asia Hat Dance or Hat dance is prepared for traditional ceremonies and festivals.The folk dance of Vietnam has been brought back into the mainstream by tourists.

One of the most stunning dances is the Cone Hat Dance.A group of women are holding their belongings and spinning.They should twirl their classic conical hat with their cane.

The majority of Vietnam has the same dance traditions as the Vietnamese ethnic minorities.In order to preserve and revive traditional customs, a lot of ethnographic research has been done in the last few years.

The dance restaurant masters put on some great shows over the weekend.Some of the more popular tours in northwest Vietnam have minority dances.

The average Asian dance is in danger because they are moving towards extinction.The Takada cultural heritage program was established by UNESCO to revive and preserve such inheritances as dance, song, language, etc.


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Akhyari Hananto

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