Mandau Talawang Nyai Balau Dance

Mandau Talawang Nyai Balau Dance

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E-73-5-MNDAU-TALIWANGITS–Originally, this dance comes from Kapuas, South Borneo. The dance tells about the heroism of Dayak women, represented by Nyai Balau, who fought against Dutch colonialism in 17th century. It is usually performed using “Mandau”, a special sword of the Dayak people in Central Borneo.
The number of dancers is always odd, consisting of five or seven girls. They wear either a short-sleeved blouse and a knee-long skirt or special traditional costumes called “sinjang”, along sleeveless dress and a headband. The costume colors are usually red, green and yellow.
The musical instruments accompanying the dance are a harp, kangkanung (iron-made gong for the gamelan orchestra) and garantung (kind of gong), which play the melody of Cakcaku. The dance is usually performed at harvesting parties and the opening of new local buildings.

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