Weekly Picks: Indonesia (27 August – 2 September 2018)

Top Picks of Indonesia art events in Yogyakarta and Jakarta from 27 August 2018 – 2 September 2018

The City of Yogyakarta is full of exciting events this week. On Monday and Tuesday, Hongkong’s Theatre Ash, in collaboration with Studio Tari Banjarmili, presents City of Darkness. Directed by David Glass, City of Darkness is a tragi-comedy story of Alice and her struggle in the midst of exotic, intriguing, and mesmerizing Kowloon Walled City. The performance is a coming together of various performance methods from movement theatre like Butoh, Chinese opera, Javanese dance, and various acting methods like Meyerhold, Grotowski, and LeCoq. Ticket price is IDR 35,000. The performance will take place on 27 and 28 August 2018 at 7 PM at Studio Tari Banjarmili in Sleman, Yogyakarta. For more information, click here.

On Tuesday, Kalanari Movement Theatre return with the ninth edition of Temen Ngobrol (Discussion Friends) with a title of “Aku-Aktor: Menulis Peta Sendiri” (“I-Actor: Writing my Own Map”). Temen Ngobrol is a casual talk around a specific theme. In this edition the talk discusses the book “Aku-Aktor” that documents the acting processes and methods of actors around Yogyakarta area. Moderated by Ibed Surgana Yuga, the talk invites Agnes Christina, Elyanda Widharta, and Ikun Sri Kuncoro to talk about their processes and contribution to the book. Temen Ngobrol will take place on 28 August 2018 from 3 – 5:30 PM at Ruang Kenong at PKKH UGM. For more information, click here or follow Kalanari Theatre’s instagram account here.

Also in Yogyakarta, come to Taman Budaya Yogyakart to be part of the Nandur Srawung Festival! This year’s festival is titled Bebrayan: D.I.W.O (Do It With Others). With this theme, the festival programmed various events and activities that involves a collaboration with a local community. At Bebrayan, you’ll find exhibitions, workshops, performances, talks, and art market. Bebrayan is held at Taman Budaya Yogyakarta and is happening until 31 August 2018. For more information on the Festival, visit its Instagram account here.

This coming weekend in Jakarta, Salihara International Performing Arts Festival (SIPFest) is welcoming some friends from Malaysia. On Sunday, 2 September, don’t miss a discussion titled “Seni Politik: Melihat Pengalaman Malaysia” (Art and Politics: Reflecting Malaysia’s experience). Invited speakers Mark Teh and Fahmi Reza will discuss the play Baling. Directed by Mark Teh, Baling is a reconstruction of Malaysia’s historical events that uses archival letters of Malaysia’s founding fathers. Mark and Fahmi will also discuss adaptations of politics in theatre and how that parallels Indonesian politics and theatre. The discussion will be in English and will take place on 2 September, 4 PM at Salihara Lobby. For more information, click here. Don’t miss the performance Baling that will be performed by Five Arts Centre at night on the same day as the talk. Baling will be performed on 2-3 September 2018 at 8 PM at Galeri Salihara. Ticket price for doorsale is IDR 125,000. Pre-purchase of ticket is available here for the price of IDR 100,000. For more information on the performance, click here.

If you find yourself in Yogyakarta and Jakarta this week, try and catch one of our recommendations and we hope you’ll enjoy our picks!


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