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  Jauk and Telek

Jauk and Telek is a dance performance that nearly extinct. The males are called Jauk, wear a special conical, pointed chandelier-like head-dress in the shapes of a Buddhist stupa. The masks are similar inform and bright red in color.

The style of carving and painting resembles the mask of Rawana in Wayang Wong. The face is fierce, with large eyes, shiny visible teeth, and moustache and beard. The dancers wear long artificial finger-nails.

The corresponding female characters are called telek. Their refined masks are also uniform. They are white in color with visible teeth, but the expression is pleasant and smiling. These masks are identical to Sang Hyang Legong masks preserved in Ketewel.

The female dancers also wear the identifying pagoda-shaped gelung and carry fans.

Two styles of solo dance for a male dancers clad as a jauk, however, are commonly included in concerts presenting a sampling of different kinds of Balinese dance. Here the format is similar to that of the Baris solo from which it plainly was adapted.

In one of them the character is portrayed as sweet and refined, despite his fierce aspect, while in the other the character resembles a puzzled, fierce demon who, it would seem, has been suddenly wrenched into an alien and dangerous reality.

The form of the solo is taken from the introductory pure-dance section of Topeng.

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