Tari Piring

Minangkabau people Candle dance Randai
Tari Piring
Tari piring performance
A Tari Piring performer rubbing broken plate pieces to his face.

Tari Piring is a traditional Minangkabau plate dance from West Sumatra, Indonesia. The dance might be performed by a group of women, men or couples, each of them holds plates in each hands, and vigorously rotate or half rotate them in various formations and fast movements.[1]

The dance demonstrates the skill of the dancers that manage balance and to move the ceramics plate swiftly without dropping or breaking the plates. Sometimes candles are lit on the plate, and this variant is called tari lilin (candle dance).[1] Dancers hold the bottom of plates in the palm of their hands and swing them wildly using the inertia to keep the plate from falling.[2] Dancers tap their plates with a ring on one of their fingers to animate their movement with sonic accompaniment. [3]

This dance is usually performed as a ceremonial welcoming dance to honor the guests and elders to a traditional ceremony. Next to randai, saman, pendet and jaipongan, the dance is also one of popular Indonesian traditional dances performed in festivals abroad to promote Indonesian culture and tourism.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Margaret Kartomi (2012). Musical Journeys in Sumatra. University of Illinois Press. p. 358. ISBN 9780252093821.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-06-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Mason, Paul H. (4 May 2014). "Tapping the Plate or Hitting the Bottle: Sound and Movement in Self-accompanied and Musician-accompanied Dance". Ethnomusicology Forum. 23 (2): 208–228. doi:10.1080/17411912.2014.926632.
  4. ^ "Indonesian students recognized at Llangollen International Eisteddfod 2017". The Jakarta Post. 12 July 2017.