TOPENG(MASK) DANCE

Bali Art and Culture

TOPENG(MASK) DANCE

In Pall, masks are considered sacred objects and revered as such. The best ones are traditionally carved on auspicious days and the dancers who wear them are believed to be possessed by the spirits of the masks. Characters can be identified from the shape of the features; noble characters always wear full, refined masks while evil is represented by bulging eyes and garish colours. The characters are silent but communicate using complex gestures of the hand, head and body. The story lines usually follow popular myths or episodes from history.