The Forms of Gedruk Dance in the Kuda Kepang show in Kisaran, North Sumatera, Indonesia


  • Heristina Dewi
  • Budi Agustono
  • Arifninetrirosa



The art of Kuda Kepang was previously performed at Kisaran without the Gedruk dance. Generally, in North Sumatra, the show of Kuda Kepang performs dances where the dancers ride piggybacks; there is an element of being possessed and performing other attractions. Currently, the Gedruk dance is part of the show. Gedruk dance is a traditional Javanese performing arts emphasizing the dancer’s stomping feet. Gedruk comes from the word ‘Gedroek,’ which means stomping feet. The beat of the dancers in the show can be heard tinkling and creating a lively and festive atmosphere. In Kisaran, the Javanese and other tribes are interested in the Gedruk show. Gedruk shows are accompanied by musical instruments consisting of drums, saron, demung, bonang, kenong, angklung, trumpets and gongs. The Gedruk dance is performed simultaneously with the Kuda Kepang show. This art is displayed at family celebrations, circumcisions, weddings, and other celebrations. This study uses qualitative research methods; data collection uses snowball sampling by conducting observations, interviews, and documentation. In data analysis, this study is guided by the data analysis technique Spradley, namely domain analysis, observation analysis, and taxonomy analysis. The results of this study are the increasing attractiveness of the show so that people feel happy when watching it and create a boisterous and lively atmosphere. The excitement of the dancers' stomping feet and the simultaneous and regular movements with various Buto (giant) masks amazed and fascinated the audience. Through research, it is known how to develop the art of Gedruk dance so that it is in demand by the Javanese people in Kisaran.




How to Cite

Heristina Dewi, Budi Agustono, & Arifninetrirosa. (2023). The Forms of Gedruk Dance in the Kuda Kepang show in Kisaran, North Sumatera, Indonesia . Migration Letters, 21(1), 85–97.