Images showing the Telek dance performed by the Sadha Budaya Dance Troupe. The dance was performed at the Ubud Palace, a place that was built by the King of Ubud around the 16th century when Bali was ruled by Kings. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. 18/12/2009
Telek dance usually performed by four or more dancers wearing white masks of beauties or devils perform the battle between the virtue and the vice. A typical balinese view of the world, Rua Bineda, which mean everything has two sides, that is, any world is knitted together with opposing two elements, is said to have been represented in this dance.
Derrived from the epic legend of ancient India, Ramayana and Mahabrata, the story has been accomplished as the present one.
Out of many kinds of masked dances in Bali, Jauk and Telek can be categorized as the most singular one. These masked figures which still exist in Bali today. Jauk is the male version of this genre where the dancers putting on the devil mask and its expression is more violent and far exaggerated then that in Baris (Warrior), while Telek is the female one.
In Jauk, the males wear special conical, pointed chandelier-like head-dress in the shape of a Buddhist stupa. The masks are similar in form and bright red 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.
In Telek, the corresponding female characters, the dancers refined masks are also uniform, they are white in colour with visible teeth, but the expression is pleasant and smiling. These masks are identical to the Sang Hyang Legong masks preserved in Ketewel. The female dencers also wear the identifying pagoda-shaped crown and carry fans.
Jauk and Telek is closely associated with Barong performance. Jauk usually serves as the attendant of the Barong while Telek serves the Rangda, the opposite of the Barong. In some areas in Bali, Jauk is correspond to Sandar while Telek to Omang. However, as a matter of fact, can be performed as solo dance, it is usually ten to twenty minute solo accompanied by Gong orchestra, no story is connected with the solo performance. Beryl de Zoete and Walter Spies in their book “Dance and Drama in Bali” also mentioned Jauk as a part of Calonarang performance, in which Jauk served as King Jayasenggara while the Telek served as the disciples of Calonarang.
At the present time the Jauk dancers are rarely seen in dance-drama, and the Telek dancers are hardly to be found at all. Two style of solo dance for a male dancer clad as Jauk, however, are commonly included in concerts presenting a sampling of different kinds of Balinese dance.