The Topeng Mask Dance

The Topeng Mask Dance
The mask dance is performed to tell the stories of Balinese and Javanese ancestors, who descend to inhabit the mask. Nowadays, the stories proper, with their princes and clowns, are preceded by a set of solo mask dances, which are the best of Balinese male dances : the "Topeng Keras" or dance of the "strong warrior". the "Topeng Tua", a fantastic dance showing the advance of old age in the king's old counselor, the "Topeng Dalem" or king in all his poise and balance, and an array of clowns worth those of the Comedia Del Arte.