FLA-Karangmalang. The show of “Negeri Langit” had been held on Thursday (15/9) at the Concert Hall of Taman Budaya Yogyakarta. The theater show that was a collaboration concert was under the responsibility of all student associations in the Faculty of Languages and Arts, such as Badan Eksekutif Mahasiswa (BEM), Dewan Perwakilan Mahasiswa (DPM), Himpunan Mahasiswa Seni Tari, Himpunan Mahasiswa Perancis, BDS/Himpunan Mahasiswa Bahasa Jerman, Himpunan Mahasiswa Pendidikan Bahasa dan Sastra Indonesia, English Department Student Association (EDSA), Keluarga Mahasiswa Sastra Indonesia, Himpunan Mahasiswa Pendidikan Bahasa Daerah, Himpunan Mahasiswa Seni Musik, Himpunan Mahasiswa Seni Rupa dan Kerajinan, UKMF Limlarts, UKMF Kreativa, UKMF Al-Huda, and UKMF Sangkala.

The play script for “Negeri Langit” was written by a team consisted of Drs. Soeprapto Soedjono, MFA, Ph.D., Drs. Kasidi Hadiprayitno, M. Hum., Drs. Suharyoso, Drs. Untung Tri Budi Antono, Drs, Kusyuliadi, Drs. Charul Anwar, M. Hum. The story of the play was about the social criticism against the political degeneration that flourished nowadays. A land called “Negeri Langit” was having a leadership crisis. Cakraningrat, as on of the “Negeri Langit” residents sought after an ideal leader for the land. Along the way, he met several candidates who wanted the position. However, there were always bad things that made Cakraningrat reluctant to give the position to the candidates. Their heart was not pure. Their goal to lead the country was mixed with other goals that tended to harm the people. During the journey, Cakraningrat also met his old comrades who were once the inhabitants of “Negeri Langit”. However, they no longer had the nature of a “Negeri Langit” resident. They were already stained with greed and wickedness.

After a long and tiring journey, Cakraningrat found a candidate who he considered to be ideal. His heart was still pure and not swayed by the lure which sure would enrich him. Unfortunately, the candidate who was considered ideal by Cakraningrat rejected his offer. He preferred to trade than to lead a country.

The play that was directed by Hardiansyah Yoga Pratama was wrapped in a contemporary form play collaborated with elements of the art of dance, music, theatrical, poetry, tembang Jawa, as well as video mapping. Also, the dialogue for the play was not only sung in Bahasa Indonesia, but also in Basa Jawa for daily use and a little bit in English.

Before the event was officially opened by Dr. Widyastuti Purbani, M. Hum., the Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Arts, Fahrudin, as head of production gave a speech on the stage. The play lasted for approximately 2 hours. Many grapevine jokes during the play made the show more lively and interesting. The laughter of the audience liven the entire show. The audience was also drawn into the eerie, romantic, happy, sad, and festive atmosphere along the show. The event was concluded with a flashmob by the whole team and actors as a regards respect and gratitude to all the audience who took time to watch the show. (Aisyah Rahma/translator: Ismi Indarti)