Theater & Martial Arts In West Sumatra: Randai & Silek of the Minangkabau

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Ohio University Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 267 pages
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Randai, the popular folk theater tradition of the Minangkabau ethnic group in West Sumatra, has evolved to include influences of martial arts, storytelling, and folk songs. Theater and Martial Arts in West Sumatra describes the origin, development, and cultural background of randai and highlights two recent developments: the emergence of female performers and modern staging techniques.

This book also explores the indigenous martial arts form silek, a vital part of randai today. The strong presence of silek is illustrated in the martial focus of the stories that are told through randai, in its movement repertoire, and even in its costumes and musical accompaniment. As Kirstin Pauka shows, randai, firmly rooted in silek and Minangkabau tradition, is an intriguing mirror of the Minangkabau culture.
 

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Contents

I Introduction
1
2 Origin and Historical Development of Randai
16
3 The Martial Art Silek
26
4 Performers of Randai
43
5 Randai Scripts
49
6 Performance Space and Costuming
91
7 Music
99
8 Acting
113
10 Conclusion
153
Questionnaire and Results
158
Script of Sabai Nan Aluih
165
Script of Umbuik Mudo
185
Notes
232
Glossary
251
Bibliography
255
Index
259

9 Martial Arts and Dance
126

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About the author (1998)

Kirstin Pauka is a scholar, performer, percussionist, and martial artist. Currently she is an assistant professor of Asian Theatre at the University of Hawai'i where she also practices Japanese Taiko drumming, and trains in aikido, tae-kwon-do, and silek.