Yospan Dance, the Unifying and Encouraging of the Biak Community Life

Yospan Dance, the Unifying and Encouraging of the Biak Community Life

goodmorningpapua.com – Talking about dance, he is not just talking of performing arts. Furthermore, dance also be a part of life, especially for people still upholding customs, culture and traditions left by their ancestors.

We can find this description in the most communities at several regions in Indonesia. Through dance, various people with various differences that they have, can be united in the same movement, in the same rhythm.

Yospan dance is one of the traditional dances coming from the Papua region. This dance is classified as an association dance of people that can be danced by male and female dancers. Yospan dance is one of the quite-famous traditional dances at Papua, especially in the northern coastal areas of Papua. This dance is usually often performed in various events, such as customary, welcoming, and cultural events.

According to several sources, the Yospan Dance is a combination of two Papuan folk dances, namely the Yosim Dance and the Pancar Dance. Yosim Dance itself is a dance that is almost similar to the Poloneis dance (European dance), a lot of sources explaining that this Yosim dance comes from the northern coastal areas of Papua. Meanwhile, Pancar Dance is a dance growing and developing at Biak, Numfor and Manokwari areas.

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This Yospan dance is usually more functioned as an entertainment dance and is often part of various events, such as traditional, welcoming and cultural events. For the people there, this dance is interpreted as an association dance or a friendship dance of the people, especially for young man and woman.

In its progress, this Yospan Dance is still being preserved and developed by the people there. Various creations and variations in terms of movement, costumes, and accompaniment are also often added to each show. This is of course done to make it looks attractive, but it does not eliminate its distinctive and authenticity.

In Yospan dance performances are usually accompanied by several musical instruments such as guitar, bass stem, ukulele, and tifa. Apart from being accompanied by music, this dance is also accompanied by the singing of songs performed by vocal escorts and the dancers themselves. The songs performed are usually regional songs or traditional songs of the Papuan people. However, in some performances there are also those using the more modern or more contemporary songs created by the artists over there.

Yospan dance is still often performed at various events such as traditional, welcoming, and celebrations events. Besides, this dance is also often performed at various cultural events such as art performances, cultural fest, and tourism promotion. This is done as part of an effort for preserving and introducing to the young generation and the wider community about this Yospan Dance.

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