Literature Musicalization: Cross Group, Cross Art Performance

Literature Musicalization: Cross Group, Cross Art Performance

A day after Jentera Literature Musicalization was held, the 168th Bincang-bincang Sastra (BBS) was conducted as a pre-Joglitfest event. The routine agenda of Studio Pertunjukan Sastra (SPS) Yogyakarta was held under the title Ruang Temu: Pentas Sastra Lintas Komunitas. It was guided by the Founder of,  Fairuzul Mumtaz.

Talking about Jentera, Fairuz said that the presence of the choir performance was something new in the musicalization of literature. In their performance, the literary works were reinterpreted as a poem which was sung and danced at the same time.

One of the SPS’s activist agreed with the opinion. Cak Kandar, his nickname, said SPS tried to present new thing in the literary performance in Yogyakarta.  “We always try to use a new concept possible in performing literary works,” he said.

Cak Kandar expected that the performance will become a space for connection between the  groups and literary works. Therefore, there were various performance that night, such as puppet show, theater, music and fine arts.

He gave an example of the art community that came from Kulon Progo, namely Api Kata Bukit Menoreh, that reinterpreted poetry through paintings. The activist, L Surajiya, said that the painting is a form of an interpretation of a poem which was opened for multi-interpretation.

“A person’s experience influences how he interprets the work. One interpretation is never the same to other’s,” he said.

It is not the first time for Api Kata Bukit Menoreh to interpret literary works, especially poetry. In 2018, this community presented a full month fine art performance at Sugriwa Subali Cafe, Jalan Bhayangkara, Wates. They used the similar concept.

“For us, literature and fine arts are a unity. Words and forms cannot be separated,” said L Surajiya.

Gunawan Maryanto talked about the concept of The Wayang Bocor. He said the word ‘bocor’ was not taken without any reason. It became the concept of the show.

“Why we call it ‘bocor’, because it is leaky (very funny) everywhere and it is so liquid (enjoyable). It shows how the cross-art is,” he said.

Another concept was presented by Swara Wadhana Student Choir. They appeared to re-compose several poems. Lukas Gunawan Arga Rakasiwi, the coach of Swara Wadhana, said that it was quite difficult to translate literary works into a musical melody. The composition and the melody must be well arranged.

Swara Wadhana also performed a stunning choreography. Poetry texts were reinterpreted in  attractive movements without loosing the focus on the composer, who was the core of the choir.

Anisa, who read the poem on that performance, said that it was her first experience in singing a poem. She said she learn many things in life through the poem.

“Our first impression of a poetry is that it is something difficult. But when we sung it as a song,  we can learn many things of life in it.”

For Cak Kandar, the Literary Musicalization was a place to introduce the literary groups to the other branches of art. He hoped that it could bridge many literary and art groups to be more familiar to the public. (Translated by Handa Taulan)