28 December 2007

Tari Gayong Otar-Otar

The Tarian Gayong Otar-Otar is a warrior dance originating from Terengganu and is based on defensive and offensive movements. It was originally performed to demonstrate prowess in war. This dance is performed partnered (male only). Aside from swords, dancers also carry a shield upon which are hung small bells.

A row of dancers moves forward offensively while the other row moves backwards defensively in tune to the sounds of gongs and drums. For every movement, the rows remain intact.
Accompaniments include the gong and the gendang. The dancers wear Silat Melayu garb when performing this.

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