The Preservation Strategy of Kethek Ogleng Pacitan in Millennial Era (Agoes Hendriyanto, Bakti Sutopo, Arif Mustofa)


 Agoes Hendriyanto, Bakti Sutopo, Arif Mustofa

Kethek Ogleng Pacitan is one of the magnum opus legacies in Indonesia. It is the performing arts living in the midst of the Pacitan society. In the same cases of other arts, Kethek Ogleng requires attention for its sustainability due to the marginalization of the present traditional art as well as the inclusion of arts originating from outside cultures which are considered more modern and advanced. Therefore, the preservation strategy must be contextualized with the current state of society. From this urgent need, however, the focused researches on such issues have not been significantly discussed. From this case, this research is aimed at revealing various strategies that can be utilized to preserve the Kethek Ogleng. To meet this aim, the qualitative descriptive, with the primary object Kethek Ogleng Pacitan Art, is employed. Further, the data collection uses a variety of methods including observation participants, interviews with Ogleng Kethek artists, and literature studies. It is thus worthwhile to be written that the preservation strategy of the Performing Arts in the millennial era can be both a short-term and long-term strategy. Then, the strategies are as follows; (1) Kethek Ogleng roadshow; (2) revitalization of the Wanoro Condro art studio; (3) art festivals; (4) citizens' celebrations; (5) extracurricular activities at various levels of educational institutions; (6) preserving the art as the intangible heritage so-called Warisan Budaya Tak Benda (WBTB); and (6) visualization as well as digitalization of Kethek Ogleng Pacitan.

Index Terms: strategy, art, Kethek Ogleng, preservation.


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