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This is a short version of performance traditional Mamanda. Mamanda is a form of traditional theater in South Borneo (Banjar Community) and East Borneo (Kutai Community).
Mamanda theater uses a prosenium stage with realistic stage settings, such as the courts of kings, forests and beaches, and so on.
The stories, adcapted to emb race current social issues, are based on the folklore of “One Thousand and One Nights” and "Sahibul Hikayat", which originate from the Middle East. The dialogues in the performances mix the Malay and Indonesian languages. Scene transitions are marked by the musical accompaniment of violins, drums, gongs, gambus and accordeons. Sometimes the actors also sing. Usually the ensemble group has one female singer. In certain scenes, dances are carried out by the male and female performers.

This film is short version of performance tradition Mamanda filmed at Tenggarong, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, as part of the 'On the Record: Indonesian Performance Tradition" series which features interview with the artists of performance tradition. This series consists of raw documentary footage of each region’s oral traditions, mostly in the local language/dialect. A few films have some narration in Indonesian. Lontar has documented 30 performances around Indonesia.

Publisher: Lontar Foundation

Place of Publication: Jakarta

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Created: 1999

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