Harsanari

Tari Wayang

gatotkaca9The dance-drama was called raket in the court of Banten, a term that first appeared in the 14th century. In Cirebon, the dance-drama was called wayang wong or wayang orang. It was also called topeng dalang because there was a narrator (dalang). It is accompanied by the five-tone gamelan salendro. The dance drama in Cirebon more often presents stories from the epic Mahabharata

Although the bedaya in Central Java refers to a court dance performed by nine or seven women, in the courts of Cirebon the number of dancers was not fixed. In the 20th century, the Kanoman court bedaya is usually danced by six women because, according to former Sultan Kanoman X, the number refers to the Rukun Iman (Six Pillars of Belief) of Islam. The stories presented are the Menak stories, stories of Amir Hamzah, the uncle of the Prophet Mohammad.