Nani

Topeng Losari

The extraordinary range of dance forms in Indonesia is a reflection of the country’s huge diversity of cultures and ethnicities. Originating in Cirebon on the north coast of West Java, the Topeng Losari mask dance is rooted in indigenous Javanese culture. Award-winning seventh-generation mask dancer Nani is working to revive this highly dramatic, opulently costumed
tradition. Demanding exceptional agility and stamina, the mask dances (“topeng” dances) of Losari are steeped in mysticism and magic, with the belief that masks transfer special powers to the wearer. Nani always performs with her eyes closed, dancing in prayer to God, Earth and the body.


Program Notes Live

Friday, January 27 at 7pm
Gerrard Hall

Join students and faculty to learn about masks and Indonesia’s blend of Islamic and other traditions in preparation for Nani Topeng Losari. This event is free and open to the public. Presented as part of the Honors Carolina “Concerts in Context” series.


Performance Benefactor

This performance is sponsored by Florence and Jim Peacock.

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