There are various elements that surround dance. These elements include body, rhythm, taste, and appearance. All these elements are interrelated to achieve aesthetic value in a dance. Aesthetic values in dance are always found in Indonesian dances, one of which is seen in the performance of dance offerings (Persembahan).
Offering (Persembahan) dance is a Malay dance that is usually staged to welcome great guests. This dance is performed by 5-8 women. Movement of dance offerings is very simple, relying on the movements of hands and feet. The movement of looking down while pressing the palms together is a form of respect to the guests who come.
The dancers wear clothes commonly used by the bride, the traditional clothes called the cloak of the cloak. On the head, there is a crown that is equipped with flower-shaped decorations. Meanwhile, the dancers’ lower body is covered by brightly colored songket.
Offering (Persembahan) dance is performed with Malay music accompaniment that comes from a blend of the sound of marwas, violin or fill, drum, gambus, and accordion. Chord sound is an important element in Malay music, given the sound which is the uniqueness of Malay music.
During the performance, one of the dancers in the dance offering (Persembahan) will bring a box containing betel. Betel in the box is then opened and guests who are considered great are given the first opportunity to take it as a form of respect, then followed by other guests. Therefore, many people call the dance offering (Persembahan) Riau as the betel-eating dance.
For the people of Riau, betel is not just an object. Betel is also an adhesive media in the association. Through dance, the people of Riau have shown an awareness that humans are interconnected with other humans. The social awareness is then able to foster good communication, mutual respect, and respect for fellow human beings.
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