The Art Creation Design of The Dance Theatre “The Margin of Our Land”

Sahrul N., Elizar ., Ali Sukri, Kurniasih Zaitun


This research was funded by the Directorate for Research and Community Service, Directorate General for Research and Development, Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education.



The process of art creation is essentially a process of transforming ideas into practice. In order to achieve this goal, the process of art creation is carried out systematically and supported by adequate scientific devices so that the ideas selected can be processed to maximum effect. In addition to carrying out research with supporting scientific approaches, these ideas must also be realized in the form of an auditory-visual work of art, in this case a performance of dance theatre, and supported by an attractive musical composition.

The work of art entitled “The Margin of Our Land” departs from the social and cultural potential and conditions in Minangkabau that are related to ownership and control of ulayat land rights. From these social and cultural potential and conditions, the theme of the work is developed towards a portrayal of the increasingly narrow space available for human beings and other living creatures (flora and fauna). The burning of forests, exploitation of land for natural resources, and disputes between members of the community over land claims are all hot topics that frequently inspire works of art. This particular work aims to make people more aware that land must be protected from damage and human greed. The ideal system of land ownership that exists in the traditional Minangkabau culture presents an alternative for the way people treat land, but this ideal condition is no longer easy to find.

The design used in the creation of the work of art entitled “The Margin of Our Land” is a combination of choreographic design, directorial design, and dramaturgical design. The choreographic design in this performance is a collaboration of Minangkabau silat and ulu ambek movements, modern dance movements, and contemporary dance movements. The directorial design focuses on creating a spectacle to develop the atmosphere, theme, dialogue, character, and plot. The dramaturgical design is concerned mainly with the culture that is created by the work.

Keywords: design, creation, dance theatre

DOI: 10.7176/ADS/77-08

Publication date:October 31st 2019

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