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Reviving Mystical Dance Form Through Short Film

By Nur Fatin Mohmad Kadenen

JOHOR BAHRU (Bernama) -- Two Johore-born filmmakers are attempting to revive a little known traditional dance form known as Reog through a short film that they have produced. 

Titled 'Barong', the seven-minute film directed by Raden Mohammad Azwan Naharudin and  Mohd Arif Ani  sheds light on the Reog dance, a form of masked dance that has its origins in the district of Ponorogo in East Java, Indonesia, and the people from there had brought the art form along with them when they migrated to Peninsular Malaysia a long time back.

Currently, however, only the Javanese Malay community in three districts in Johor, namely Batu Pahat, Muar and Pontian, continue to stage this dance form, which is also known as Barong.

The reason why Reog's popularity has declined over the years and is even viewed negatively is probably due to its ritualistic and supernatural elements that can be construed as un-Islamic. 

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