SAJOJO DANCE AN AMAZING FOLK DANCE OF PAPUA’S PEOPLES

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Sajojo Dance is a folk dance that originated in Papua. The most extensive Islands with its precipitous state, located in the eastern end of Indonesia. Papua is also famous for its Cartenz Pyramid, owner of perennial snow on its peak, becoming attraction for tourists. Then the famous crystal clear sea with views that are so exotic and rare marine life that are still there in New Guinea. Besides the natural beauty, arts and traditional culture of Papua is the wealth of its own which was created and is owned by the people of Papua.

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Sajojo dance is one of the traditional dances that are also derived from the region of Papua. This also includes dance  association types that can be performed by anyone, both men and women, old and young. Sajojo dance is one of the traditional dances that were quite popular in Papua and often shown at various events, both indigenous, entertainment, and cultural events.

Papua Province is rich in art and culture and tribal custom, society has had its own dance and developing both hereditary or the art of contemporary dance as a form of self expression, one is the Sajojo dance.

The History Of The Origins of Sajojo Dance

The origins of Sajojo dance is still not yet known for sure. However some sources many of which mention that this dance has been around since the 1990s because her movements are very distinctive and full of fun, Sajojo dance dipopuler and then start growing rapidly among the people of Papua to the present.

The name itself is taken from Sajojo Dance song titles that accompany the song “Sajojo”. The lyrics in Sajojo dance told me about a beautiful girl who idolized by young men in the village. One type of this Association dance became popular in the 1990s. Even though not too Sajojo Dance movement illustrating the lyrics of the song, but its full of joy in the song fits perfectly with the movement of Sajojo dance. Sajojo musical accompaniment, usually beirama Cha Cha medley of Ambon.

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Originally in the military ever duty in East Timor, the Moluccas and New Guinea. Sajojo dance, has the peculiarities in the spring, with the movement starts from the left leg.

The Function And Meaning Of Sajojo dance

Dance Sajojo dance functioned as lingua franca or dance entertainment that can be played by anyone who wants to display it. This is meant as a sajojo dance dance depicting the joy and spirit of togetherness. It can be seen from the expressions of the dancers while dancing and movement is a hand full and compactness.

Sajojo dance is normally displayed by the dancers male and female dancers. For the number of dancers in the dance performance Sajojo, usually tailored to the situation and needs, so there are no restrictions on it. In the show, the dancers are usually performed using a traditional fashion Papua as well as accompanied by the sounds of music and songs Sajojo. Movement in Sajojo dance is very distinctive and energetic so described the joy of the dancers. The movement is usually dominated by the movement of the feet and hands are played in accordance with the rhythm and the rhythm of the song.

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For a costume dance dancers Sajojo is almost the same as the other traditional dance costume of Papua. The costume is usually a traditional clothing made from roots or leaves. But along with the developments, there are also dikreasikan with a cloth to make it look more attractive. In addition the dancers are also equipped with various accessories such as head covering, the necklace and the typical ethnic style body painting of Papua.

THE POPULARITY OF SAJOJO DANCE TO THE PRESENT

In the development of dance, Sajojo still continue to be preserved and developed until now. Various creations and variations are also often added at each performance, both in terms of motion as well as the costumes of the dancers, to make it look more attractive but not leave a characteristic and authenticity.

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Sajojo dance also still often appear at various events, both custom event, reception, or other entertainment event. In addition, the dance is often displayed at various cultural events such as art shows, festivals, cultural and tourism promotion. This must be done as an effort to preserve as well as introduce to young people and the wider community will dance this Sajojo.

Due to the popularity of the dance and the song of the Sajojo, we can hear everywhere people sing Sajojo & do Sajojo dance. Types of Sajojo dance is a dance group who are not limited by the number of dancers, anyone may go down in happines and togetherness. Coupled with a dynamic musical accompaniment, stamping and encouraging.

So many schools, institutions and community groups competing Sajojo dance. Even Sajojo have been modified to become dance gymnastics though without abandoning its original elements. Very pronounced nuances of togetherness and his intercourse. This is one of the prominent characters of the traditional work of art society Papua Beach area. They have been able to communicate with the people of the city and foreign tourists, it is already no stranger to them.

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