Jaranan: The Horse Dance and Trance in East Java [With CDROM]

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"The dramatic genre of the horse dance (jaranan) is part of an age-old Javanese tradition displaying wide local and regional variations. A striking feature of the performances of the majority of horse-dance groups is the appearance of trance dancers. These are used as a means of establishing contact with the spirits of the ancestors, who continue to play an important part in the lives of their descendants as moral beacons in the solution of problems and the fulfillment of wishes. As a consequence of the modernization of society in almost every
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Overview

"The dramatic genre of the horse dance (jaranan) is part of an age-old Javanese tradition displaying wide local and regional variations. A striking feature of the performances of the majority of horse-dance groups is the appearance of trance dancers. These are used as a means of establishing contact with the spirits of the ancestors, who continue to play an important part in the lives of their descendants as moral beacons in the solution of problems and the fulfillment of wishes. As a consequence of the modernization of society in almost every aspect of life, vigorously propagated as it was by the Soeharto regime in the period 1966-1998, the trance in horse dancing has been strongly discouraged as an anachronism." This has prompted a search for new ways of preserving this dramatic genre for future generations. The way the administration of Kediri and a number of local horse-dance companies set about solving this problem constitutes a dominant theme of this book. To bring the phenomenon of the horse dance in Java into sharper focus, a brief account is given of its history, as well as a description of the great variety of horse-dance groups and a range of aspects of this genre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789067183062
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 293
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria M. Clara van Groenendael (1935) studied cultural anthropology with Professor H.G. Schulte Nordholt at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and Indonesian and Javanese language at the University of Leiden. Her first field research (1976-1978) was focused on the position of the Central Javanese dalang (puppeteer) in the rapidly changing society of mainly Solo and Yogyakarta (Clara van Groenendael 1985). Later research concerned various forms of puppet theatre, such as the Chinese glove-puppet play, po-té-hi (1993), and the Javanese wayang murwakala (1998) and wayang gandrung (2000 and 2002). She has further published a bibliography of the wayang (1987) and a bibliography of mainly Javanese and Madurese traditional dramatic genres as a supplement to Th. Pigeaud's Javaanse volksvertoningen (1995).
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The dramatic genre of the horse dance (jaranan)

I The horse dance (jaranan) 3

II The horse dance under the Orde Baru 13

Pt. 2 Aspects of the genre of the horse dance

III Samboyo Putro and other genres of horse dance groups 41

IV Performances by horse dance groups 77

V Rituals surrounding horse dance performances 115

VI The trance 133

VII The significance of the horse dance legend 169

Pt. 3 Theme and variations: the performance in Pulihrejo

VIII Pak Dhalang's verbal contribution in Pulihrejo 187

IX The character of the opening dances in Pulihrejo 215

X The element of play in the performance in Pulihrejo 233

XI Conclusion 251

Appendix Transcription of the CD recording 257

Bibliography 273

Index 285

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