Tari Payung, The Traditional Umbrella Dance

Umbrella Dance Tari Payung or Umbrella Dance is Minangkabau’s traditional dance. Minangkabau is one of regencies in Indonesia, which located in West Sumatra. Since Tari Payung played by a pair of young man and woman, the meaning of Tari Payung is telling about the man approaching a girl and how he cares about his girl. The umbrella that being the main utility, is symbolize the main icon to be the shelter for the spouse in having good relationship. The number of dancers in umbrella dance is always complete, and always…

Plate Dance

Tari Piring Tari Piring or Plate Dance is the art of dance held by the Minangkabau tribe in West Sumatra, originated in Solok Town. This dance reflects the life of traditional Minangkabau people at the time of working in the ricefield. The dance expresses happiness of the farmers as well as their gratitude to God for the very successful harvest. Plate Dance is done in pairs or in groups with a variety of movements that are done quickly, dynamically and interspersed with plate knock sound carried by the dancers. The…

The Elegant Tor Tor Dance

Tor Tor Dance Tor-Tor dance is a traditional dance from Batak tribe in North Sumatra. At ancient times, the art of dancing in Batak land was a main media during the rite, and it still had mystical things. Moreover, the dance was also performed in happy times like harvesting and wedding ceremony. according to history, tor tor dance is used in rituals associated with spirits. The spirit is invoked and “walked” into the stone statues, which was the symbol of the ancestors. Those statues were then moved like dancing, but…

Serampang Dua Belas Dance

Serampang 12 Serampang 12 (Dua Belas) is one of traditional Malay dances from North sumatera. This dance is performed in pair, which symbolized the match maker founding mate. This dance was created by a person name Sauti in 1940s and it was rearrange during 1950-1960. Before it known as Serampang 12, this dance was popular as Pulau Sari Dance, which based on the theme song that accompany the dance. There were controversy about the changing name from Pulau Sari to Serampang 12 dance. One said that a type of dancing…

Saman Dance and Ratéb Meuseukat

Saman Dance and Ratéb Meuseukat Most people recognize Saman dance. Saman dance is one of traditional dances from Aceh province. Unfortunately, public are sometime get mistaken that Saman dance is actually Ratéb Meuseukat dance. Those two dances are basically coming from the same province of Aceh, but they are belong to different tribe. Ratéb Meuseukat is belongs to Aceh tribe, while, Saman dance is belongs to Gayo tribe in Central Aceh. There are 3 different things that differentiate these dances: Saman dance using Gayo language, and Ratéb Meuseukat using Aceh…

Seudati Dance

Seudati Dance Seudati dance is one of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam or NAD dances, that was become the tribal war dance in the era of Dutch Colonization, and it was forbidden to be performed because it contains particular rhyme to fire up the spirit of war against the colonizer. The word Seudati comes from the Arabic syahadati or syahadatain, which means testimony or confessions. In addition, some are saying that the word comes from the word seurasi, which means harmony or compact. Seudati dance has been developed since the Islamic religion…