Monday, August 31, 2009

Kuda Lumping

Kuda Lumping is the art of dance that is played with a horse property imitation, made from woven bamboo or plaited. That said, Kuda Lumping dance is a form of appreciation and support of the commoners against the cavalry of Prince Diponegoro in the face of Dutch colonizers. There is also a version that says, that the Kuda Lumping dance depicting the struggle of Raden Patah, assisted by Sunan Kalijaga, against the Dutch colonialists. Another version says that, this dance tells the story of the war training troops led Mataram Sultan Hamengkubuwono I, King of Mataram, to face the Dutch troops. Regardless of the origin and historical value, Kuda Lumping dance reflects the spirit of heroism and military aspects of a cavalry or cavalry. This can be seen from rhythmic movements, dynamic, and aggressive, with a wave of woven bamboo, imitating the movements like a horse in the middle of the war. Often the Kuda Lumping dance, also displays showing the sights smells magical supernatural powers, such as the attraction to chew glass, cutting his arm with machetes, set fire to himself, walking on broken glass, and others. Perhaps, this reflects the attraction of the supernatural power developed in the ancient kingdom of Java environments, and is a non-military aspects that are used to fight the Dutch troops. In East Java, is familiar with the art community in some areas, such as Malang, Nganjuk, Tulungagung, and other areas. This dance is usually displayed on certain events, such as the welcome guest of honor, and as a thanksgiving, the intent is granted by the Almighty. In its performing, not necessary a special choreography, equipment and supplies as well as Karawitan gamelan. Gamelan to accompany dances Kuda Lumping quite simple, consisting only of Kendang, kenong, Gong, and trumpet, the shrill sound of the flute with. Poems that brought in the accompanying dance, usually contains an appeal to human beings always do good deeds and always remember the Great Creator. In addition to an element of entertainment and religion, traditional arts Kuda Lumping is often also an element of ritual. Since before the performance begins, usually a charmer rain will perform the ritual, to maintain to remain sunny weather since the show is usually performed in an open field. In each performing, Kuda Lumping dance 4 presents a fragment that is 2 times dance dance demi Lawas, Senterewe dance, and dance Begon Princess. At Buto Lawas fragments, usually danced by men only and consists of 4 to 6 dancers. Some young dancers bamboo horse and dancing to the music. In this section, Lawas Buto dancers can experience a trance or spirit possession. The audience did not escape from this trance phenomenon. Many people around who witnessed performances into a trance and come dance with the dancers. Unconscious, they continued to dance with energetic movements and visible bond with other dancers. To restore the consciousness of the dancers and spectators who possessed, in every performance is always present its progenitor, one who has supernatural abilities that his presence can be identified by the clothes he was wearing all black. The progenitor of this will give bidders until the consciousness of the dancers and audience restored.

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