Cupak Eats Land: A Modern Drama from Buleleng
Buleleng is not just rich with traditional art performances but also produces many creative modern art performaces, modern drama for instance. The example for this modern drama performace was staged on the opening night ofÂ International Conference and Festival Cultural Identity of North Balinese. This modern drama was performed by Made Sukadana and his troupe, they performed a story entitled “Cupak makan tanah” (Cupak eats land).
This modern drama enacted a story about Cupak, an antagonist in traditional Balinese folktale “Cupak and Grantang”. Cupak had a strange apetite for land, he ate land. His underlings tried their best to find a delicious land to be eaten by Cupak, Cupak loved to eat beachfront estate, forest or lake side, but the kind of land Cupak love most was the land on which the house of representative stand so he ordered his underlings to get the land so he could enjoy the feast he had wait for a long time.
This modern drama is a form of social and political critic of popular issues that happen in Buleleng. It talks about land acquisition by the tourism magnate, corruption in house of representative and other up to date social problem.