Java's Art of Classical Dancing
(© The Wisma Ulah Budaya Foundation 1999)
The island of Java is one of the islands of the
Indonesian archipelago and since 1945 it is part of the state 'Republik
There are many different dance-styles on the island of Java. The main styles are the Pasundan or Sunda style from West Java, the Javanese style from Central Java and the East Javanese style. But every region even has several different dance-styles. All these dance styles develop under influence of the cultural streams that come over Java.
The development of the art of dancing of Java can be divided into 3 stages:
- the primitive period,
- the feudal period and
- the contemporary period.