Randai is a folk theater tradition of the Minangkabau ethnic group
which incorporates music, singing, dance, drama and the martial art of
Randai is usually performed for traditional ceremonies and
festivals, and complex stories may span a number of nights. It is
performed as a theatre-in-the-round to achieve an equality and unity
between audience members and the performers.
are a synthesis of alternating martial arts dances, songs, and acted
scenes. Stories are delivered by both the acting and the singing and
are mostly based upon Minangkabau legends and folktales. Randai
originated early in the 20th century out of fusion of local martial
arts, story-telling and other performance traditions. Men
originally played both the male and female characters in the story,
but since the 1960s women have also participated.
Randai performance video
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