September 1, 2016

Margapati Dance Bali - The Dance of the Savage Lion

Margapati Dance Bali, Margapati Dance Story, The Dance of the Savage Lion

Margapati dance is one of Balinese dance created by dance artists, I Nyoman Kaler in 1942. Margapati derived from the word "mrga" means beast, while "pati" means king, ruler or master (the words might be referred to Sanskrit in Hindi). The dance movement inspired by the gestures of the king of jungle or lord of the beast (the Lion) which is fierce and frightening, stalking prey in the woods. Margapati dance is often called the dance of the savage lion.


Margapati Dance Bali, Margapati Dance Story, The Dance of the Savage Lion Margapati Dance. KKB Githa Saraswati. Bandung 2006

Margapati is classified as "bebancihan", which depicts the character of masculine, brave, arrogance and confident like a king, but danced by women so that look a bit softer and flexible.


Margapati Dance Bali, Margapati Dance Story, The Dance of the Savage Lion Margapati Dance. KKB Githa Saraswati. Bandung, 2008

Such as Balinese dance in general, Margapati also involves the eye movements, facial expressions, finger, and bodily gesture. The dance serves as dance performances in front of the public, at the certain event, and also contested.

In the performing arts, costumes and make-up can provide traits and reinforce the dance character. It is seen in Margapati costumes, using a long piece of cloth covering the leg (red-colored and patterned) called "kancut", long yellow cloth or stagen covering the torso (abdomen) with golden motifs, ampok-ampok in the waist, "badong" made of cotton in the neck, and golden stylized headdress or udeng. The dominant red-colored costumes (with a golden motif) are reflecting the masculine, hard and firm character.



Reference

  1. google.co.id
  2. wikipedia.org _ Balinese Dance _ on August 28, 2016
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balinese_dance
  3. Keluarga Kesenian Bali (KKB) Githa Saraswati, Otten 15, Bandung
  4. Image : Original Collection

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