Nani Topeng Losari Cirebon

Nani Topeng Losari Cirebon

The extraordinary range of dance forms in Indonesia is a reflection of the country’s huge diversity of cultures and ethnicities. Originating in Cirebon on the north coast of West Java, the mask dances of Losari are rooted in indigenous Javanese culture. Created to spread the faith of Islam, their long history began some 400 years ago, created by Angkawijaya Prince or Panembahan Losari. The presentation emphasizes Losari mask in the characterizations of the Panji stories, different from the Cirebon mask dance from other regions that emphasizes character development of human nature that lead to value filosis. Highly dramatic, opulently costumed performances take place at harvest festivals and village celebrations to collect and disperse negative supernatural powers.

Demanding exceptional agility and grace, these mesmerizing dances are steeped in mysticism with the belief that masks transfer special powers to the wearer. In the instant the performer dons a mask, the drama begins. The mask exudes its magic and the dancer immediately takes on its character, whether that of a beautiful princess, an arrogant king, a coquettish woman or even a clown. Dancers must know each character intimately in order to give life to its mask. Power must surge through the body and into the mask to energize the performance.

Losari mask dance has different characteristics from the others Cirebon mask dance style, in terms of background, characterizations, choreography, fashion, face expression of mask, music as well as procedures for the presentation. 3 dance moves characteristic only find in Losari Mask dance : Galeyong, Naga Seser and Gantung Sikil (resembling the attitude of Kathakali in India and the Hanging Leg attitude very similar to the foot of the statue of the god Shiva as Nataraja from India), which requires dancers showing soles of his feet to the side.

The current Losari mask dancer, Nur Anani M Irman a.k.a Nani Losari Mask, is the seventhgeneration mask dancer. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Dewi Sawitri, the Maestro of Losari Mask dance. Nani always dances with her eyes closed and never cares about the number of the audiences because for the Losari mask dance, dancing in prayer to God, Earth and the body. In Losari mask dance, mask box and nayaga (gamelan player) serve as a center or a benchmark of energy.

Group/Artist name: Nani Topeng Losari Cirebon
Origin: Cirebon, West Java
Production: Panji Sutrawiangun dance, Patih Jayabadra dance, Klana Banopati dance
Number of traveling members: 14 persons

Contact info:
Antonius Hadi Prayogo
+62 812-9421-2719
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