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Randai performance in Padang Panjang
TypesTraditional pencak silat theatre
Ancestor artsMinangkabau
Originating cultureIndonesia
Randai performance video

Randai (Jawi: رنداي) is a folk theater tradition of the Minangkabau ethnic group in West Sumatra, Indonesia, which incorporates music, singing, dance, drama and the martial art of silat. Randai is usually performed for traditional ceremonies and festivals, and complex stories may span a number of nights.[1] It is performed as a theatre-in-the-round to achieve an equality and unity between audience members and the performers.[2] Randai performances 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.[1] Randai originated early in the 20th century out of fusion of local martial arts, story-telling and other performance traditions.[3] Men originally played both the male and female characters in the story, but since the 1960s women have also participated.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c Pauka, Kirstin (1998). "The Daughters Take Over? Female Performers in Randai Theatre". The Drama Review. 42 (1): 113–121. doi:10.1162/105420498760308706. S2CID 57565023.
  2. ^ Pauka, Kirstin (2003). "Umbuik Mudo and the Magic Flute: A Randai Dance-Drama". Asian Theatre Journal. 20 (2): 113–146. doi:10.1353/atj.2003.0025. S2CID 161392351.
  3. ^ Cohen, Matthew Isaac (2003). "Look at the Clouds: Migration and West Sumatran 'Popular' Theatre". New Theatre Quarterly. 19 (3): 214–229. doi:10.1017/S0266464X03000125. S2CID 191475739.

Further reading[edit]

  • Pauka, Kirstin (1998). Theater and Martial Arts in West Sumatra: Randai and Silek of the Minangkabau. Ohio University Center for International Studies. ISBN 0-89680-205-1.