An Indonesian Dance: Saman Dance From Aceh
Saman Dance is one of dances from Aceh which is well-known today. This dance came from Gayo. Saman lyrics use Arabian language and Aceh language. In the past time, Saman dance was usually performed to celebrate important events in tradition and the society in Aceh. Besides, the dance is always performed to celebrate the birth of Muhammad Prophet. In fact, the name of Saman was given from one of famous ulema in Aceh, Syech Saman.
Saman Dance is usually accompanied by music, such as “gendang” and use the voice from all the dancers and they claps are usually combined with clap on their chase and their thigh as a synchronizing and flung their body to all directions. This dance held by a leader named Syech. Because the formation uniformity and the time precision is a must in performing this dance, so every dancer has to have high concentrate and serious practice to perform perfectly. This dance is done as a group combined with singing together to all dancers, in kneel-sitting position and make a line without any music instrument.
Because of the dynamism of this dance, the dance is often danced by man, but as it’s development, this dance is often performed by woman or both of them. This dance is performed at least 10 person: 8 person as the dancers and 2 person as giving a sign while doing dancing.
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