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Nani Toperng Losari

114 East Cameron Ave
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Dates: January 27, 2017
Phone: (919) 843-3333
Time: 8:00 PM
Price: Tickets $20

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.