Era Suparmi , Gatut Susanto
There is such as a big worry that the globalization will negatively affect the existence of the traditional dance as a part of the performing arts. In this case, the traditional dance faces some challenges to survive in this globalization era. This phenomenon happens in Malang – East Java, Indonesia. As an educator, an artist as well as an art practitioner, we are challenged to reveal this phenomenon into a small research study. In line with this, this study aims to investigate the changes, existence, challenges, and continuity of traditional Malang dance – in this case ‘Malang Mask Dance’ (or locally called as ‘Tari Topeng Malang’) – in this globalization era. This is a qualitative study where a descriptive method is used. Participatory observation, in-depth interviews, and literatures studies were used to gather the data. The result of the study showed that Malang Mask Dance still exist; moreover, it has received a good response from the people and gained popularity. It happens because of some reasons. First, the existence of the traditional dance still has manifest functions such as a vow ritual, a breadwinner, an entertainment, and as a form of social solidarity. Besides, the generation process is well-managed. In addition to these two, the traditional dance is being preserved in the many schools which flourish not only in the level of elementary and secondary school where the traditional dance becomes one of the elective subjects, but also within the government scope which also supervises art and dance academies.
Malang dance, Change, Existence, Challenge, Continuity.