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Ketoprak Dor: Representation and Aesthetic Behavior of the Javanese Deli

  • Ahmad Arief Tarigan Universitas Sumatera Utara, Jl. Dr. Mansyur No. 9 Padang Bulan, Medan 20155, Indonesia
  • Heristina Dewi Universitas Sumatera Utara, Jl. Dr. Mansyur No. 9 Padang Bulan, Medan 20155, Indonesia
Issue       Vol 6 No 3 (2023): Talenta Conference Series: Local Wisdom, Social, and Arts (LWSA)
Section       Articles
Keywords: Ketoprak Dor Representation Aestethic Behavior
Published 2023-07-31


Ketoprak Dor is a folk theater art that was exist and developed in the Deli Javanese community in Sumatra Utara Province. This type of performance takes the basic form of the Ketoprak drama art in Jawa Tengah. However, it is different from the place of origin, Ketoprak Dor has its own peculiarities, especially from the aesthetics of stage performances. Based on this, the researcher examines Ketoprak Dor Sanggar Langen Setio Budi Lestari in Deliserdang Regency. The research method was ethnography with a qualitative approach and data collection consists of interviews, involved observation, and literature study. The use of theory in this research was the representation theory of Graeme Burton and the aesthetic behavior of Desmond Morris. The result which obtained that Ketoprak Dor is something of non-arbitrary and unconventional in the broad sense of Javanese culture. This art is a unique aesthetic expression and special from Sumatra Utara. Ketoprak Dor displays the historical meaning and cultural identity of the Deli Javanese community. This art is a form of popular cultural art which means empowering the subordinated Deli Javanese community to produce new cultural forms. Ketoprak Dor is a cultural text that generatively represents the existence and aesthetic behavior of the Javanese Deli community in Sumatera.