The Cirebon Mask Dance

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.