Minangkabau Dance in West Sumatra: Tradition, Training and Tourism

William Peterson

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Dance among the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra balances a number of forces; though its content continues to reflect traditional belief systems, it is
increasingly informed by the regional, national, and international perspectives of young dancers and choreographers trained at dance academies. At the same time, Minangkabau dance is now being seen by a growing tourist audience, a factor which has altered the conditions of reception, as well as the structure of a dance performance. This report will focus on the current state of Minangkabau dance as it is taught, disseminated, and performed in the Minangkabu highlands of West Sumatra.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-12
Number of pages8
JournalSPAFA Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

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  • Minangkabau dance
  • Folk dancing
  • Minangkabau people
  • Sumatra
  • Indonesia
  • Cultural tourism


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