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CHAPTER II The horse dance under the Orde Baru

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Horse dances are performances by dancers 'mounted' on small, flat bamboo horses. Performances by dancers on horses like this are found all over Java, among the Sundanese of West Java as well as among the Javanese of Central and East Java. In East Java we find the following genres of horse dance: jaranan jawa, jaranan pégon, jaranan sénthéréwé, jaranan képang, réyog panaraga, jaranan brèng, and jaranan buta. The horses after which the performance is named are made of screens of woven bamboo cut into the shape of horses without legs. An official survey of the different dramatic genres in East Java conducted in the years 1983 and 1984 show that in the 1980s horse dance performances were the most popular genre but one in Kediri.

Keywords: bamboo; horse dance; Java; Kediri

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