Tayuban: Dancing the Spirit in Java

© Hughes-Freeland
30 minutes / Colour / 1996
Directed by
Felicia Hughes-Freeland

Country of production United Kingdom

Once a year a ritual is held in a Javanese village. After a distribution of food, men dance with professional female dancers. Their allegedly sexual ethos makes these ‘tayuban’ unacceptable as national culture, but the dancing is a gift to the protective spirit in exchange for well-being, and represents community identity.

Language and subtitles English and Original Language with English Subtitles

Region South-East Asia

Country Indonesia

Keywords Ritual Dance / Theatre / Performance Sex / Sexuality Gender Role and Identity