Tari Topeng Cirebon, it is original art of Cirebon area, West Java, including surrounding area Indramayu and Jatibarang. The dance is one of the dances in Parahyangan land, and called Tari Topeng as the dancers use masks when dancing. It has a lot of variety, and growth in terms of movement as well as a story to be conveyed. Sometimes the dance performed by one dancers but at others time can be played by several people.
It has all types of masks that will be charged at the
time dance performances usually accompanied by gamelan, but the are the
five most basic of masks called Panca Wanda, which is:
• Panji (Bannerman), her white face symbolizes purity newborn
• Samba (Pamindo), mask-faced children look cheerful, funny, and agile
• Rumyang, his face portraying a teen
• Patih (Hero), this mask describes adults who faced unequivocal, personality, and responsible
• Kelana/Rahwana (Ravana), a mask that describes a person who is angry
The masks repesent day-to-day human life, when they are mad it is like
replace a cheery-faced mask into a anger-faced mask. If there is adult
who has childish attitude as he was changing the adult-faced mask into
the children-faced mask.
One famous story ilustrated by the
mask dance is Kelana Kencana Wungu, it is a series that tells the queen
Kencana Wungu were being chased by an infatuated King Minakjingga who
was crazy about her. Kencana Wungu wearing a blue mask representing a
lively but graceful chracter, meanwhile Minakjingga (also called Kelana)
wearing a red mask represents the tempered and impatient character
The dance have one legend dancers name Mimi Rasinah, who active dancing
and teaching art in the studio Mask Dance Mimi Rasinah located in the
village Pekandangan, Indramayu. Since 2006 she was paralyzed, but still
eager to performing, dancing and teaching dance mask until the end her
life. Mimi Rasinah died in August 2010 at age 80.