LEGONG LASEM DANCE

A classic dance telling the story of King Lasem who fell in love with the princess Rangkesari of Daha Kingdom. King Lasem abducted her and wanted her as his wife. However, it appeared that Rangkesari wanted nothing to do with him. The King of Daha, who was Rangkesari’s older brother, declared war on King Lasem. On his way there, the King of Lasem’s horse fell and at that moment a fierce bird swooped down and attacked the King. This was an omen that King Lasem would die in the battle. Ignoring this omen,  King  Lasem  went  into  battle  and  was killed, and the princess Rangkesari returned to Daha with her brother. In the dance you will first the Condong or maidservant who does the solo abstract dance. Then the two Legong dancers appear and dance in union. When the story begins, they split up and the one down stage becomes the princess Rangkesari and the up stage one becomes King Lasem. The scene that ensues is one of spurned seduction. The princess goes offstage. The next scene in this versos of the dance shows the encounter between King Lasem and the bird of ill omen.

Tari Legong berasal dari sebuah kejadan pada abad ke-12 atau ke-13. Tokoh pertama yang masuk adalah condong (pelayan perempuan), yang disusul oleh dua penari yang berperan sebagai Prabu Lasem dan Putri Rangkesari dari kerajaan Daha. Ceritanya mulai ketika condongnya meninggalkan panggung. Lasem menculik Putri Rangkesari dan dia menangis karena sedih. Ketika Lasem melamarnya, dia menolak karena dia sudah mendengar berita bahwa tunangannya Prabu Kahuripan sedang menuju ke sana untuk menyelamatkannya. Rangkesari mohon kepada Lasem supaya membebaskannya tetapi Lasem lebih suka melawan Prabu Kahuripan daripada membebaskannya. Dalam perjalanannya ke sana, Lasem dihalangi oleh seekor burung gagak yang dipercaya sebagai pembawa nasib buruk. Dia menghalauinya. Kekalahan prabu Lasem dalam peperangan tidak ditampilkan dalam pementasan ini.

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