MASRES DRAMA BACKDROP OF DHARMA SAMUDRA GROUP CIREBON ANALYSIS BACKDROP IN JAKA PENDIL STORY Wegi Aknes Sindu Marianty NIM 270.04.001 ABSTRACT Masres drama is a kind of folk art shows which is spread up and develops in Cirebon and Indramayu. The term of Masres was taken from a kind of soft fabrics which is used as its decoration shows. Formerly, that fabric was a plain, then colored and named as yellow Masres, green Masres, red Masres, and others. While the appearance show changing, this plain decoration turn into painted decoration, named as kelir or backdrop. The backdrop is not only as an artistic complementary or for merely performance, but it represents the realities that depict on visual form (painting) and course of the show. Dharma Samudra is a group drama, lives in Cangkring village, Cirebon, is one of the Masres drama groups that still exist. They use backdrop as show decoration. The backdrops which analyzed in this research are the backdrops from “Jaka Pendil”. The visualizations of Dharma Samudra’s backdrops had values that refer to Cirebon’s culture characteristic and symbol meanings. The Dharma Samudra backdrops visualization is an empirical and aesthetical experience for the painter. There are many Cirebon’s culture characteristics and symbols that depicted in the backdrops by the painters, although significantly the symbols could not represent the entire meaning of backdrops. These visualizations tend to merge aesthetical the characteristics of Cirebon culture, that observed and depicted by the painters. Implicitly, these visualizations set up rules in Masres backdrops creation and the painters maintained them unless there is adjustment in the plot. Keyword: Backdrop, Masres Drama, Visualization.