Sunday, May 1, 2016

Secangkir Kopi dan Cinta : Behind The Scene of AADC 2



"Secangkir Kopi dari Playa", was produced on 2011 by Papermoon Puppet Theatre.
 Concepted by Maria Tri Sulistyani and Iwan Effendi. 
Written and Directed by Maria Tri Sulistyani 

This year, Secangkir Kopi dari Playa was chosen to be part of the Indonesian most awaited movie calls "Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2".

The play is a site-specific-performance performs in antique shop-old houses- or library.
Has limited audiences, 'Secangkir Kopi dari Playa' always comes with different version on each performance, either has 'vintage trip' in Yogyakarta, story telling at Ubud Writer Festival, and 'Pahit Manis Museum / Bitter & Sweet Museum' in Jakarta.

For AADC 2, we chose this play, since the play itself has a very strong story of the long lost lover- just becomes perfectly fit with AADC 2 story itself.


'Secangkir Kopi dari Playa' is on its own journey right now.
.... a special one.





for further journey of 'Secangkir Kopi dari Playa' you could read it here :

















Wednesday, January 13, 2016

HIDE and SEEK project

HIDE and SEEK project is the results of our residency project with The Museum of Art Kochi, Japan from July 22nd- August 30th, 2015.

On our stay for less than a month in Kochi-Japan, we were doing workshops, exhibitions, and also performance where we collaborated with shamisen- a Japanesse traditional instrumet- player.

For the exhibition itself, we had 2 separated spaces, where we exhibited our previous works in one space, and the new work of Hide and Seek in another space.

the previous works of papermoon puppet theatre





HIDE and SEEK Project



we did workshops for adults and children, questioning about the imaginary world under their beds. and for the adults, we asked them a question of "what is their biggest secret that they kept under their bed".
then they made one character as the representation of their story.
from there, we chose one story, and made it into performance, while all the puppets that were made by the participants installed as the part of the exhibition.


HIDE and SEEK performance









all photos by Nae Fukata.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

SEMATAKAKI : about red color on your ankle.




For closing the busy year of 2015,
Papermoon Puppet Theatre will do a collaborative performance with the students of Theatre and Dance Department from University of New Hampshire .

Papermoon Puppet Theatre is invited to handle a class for this semester, and also to build a world premiere performance with the students.

The tittle calls "SEMATAKAKI" which means "right to your ankle".

The story is inspired from the people who got stigmatized by the society , as the victims of the political turmoil - and also about the people who always hide the fact that they were the part of the dark history.
To retreive the loss history of our homeland in 1965 - 50 years after it happened, we decided to produce this performance, with the Theatre students in America.

SEMATAKAKI is about the people..
who try to hide the red color on their feet.

***

The Process





This time we will perform - for the first experience- in a thrust stage.
The stage itself has 3 areas for audiences' seats.
For our type of puppetry, this is pretty challenging... 
But we know, that this will be very interesting! :)


we are working with 12 casts, 
8 of them will be the puppeteers, and all most of the casts will wear masks.
All of them never worked with bunraku-type of puppetry before.
So, yes... this production will be brand new experience, for everybody!
which we find.. again, very exciting! :D



This is Tanamera.
One main character that we buid in New Hampshire.
Her appearance will be presented in puppet, and also an actress, whose also dance.



And these all the masks that Iwan Effendi made.
We are using papier mache technique, using clay for the mold.
we had some students (whose not the casts) helping us on layering the papier mache,
and either on building our sets and props - as the part of their class.

Here, we learn how the big productions are built in States.


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SENLIMA : a Journey With No Limits


SENLIMA is a collaborative performance by Papermoon Puppet Theatre feat. Retrofuturisten (Germany).
Started with an estaphet process of making story between two companies that live spread in different countries with very different culture, SENLIMA was shaped as the way of them to communicate.
Combining two characters of the companies in one play, definitely is not an easy way.

But we made it.
We built the story by emails.. by sending paragraphs over and over.





The main character is an old man, who owns a bird that he keeps inside a cage. His life is an ordinary life. No surprises, no excitement.  He keeps himself inside his own square box.
And its because no one would like to receive him, because the BIG EYES say No.

But everythings change, while there are a bunch of 'ghost' disturb his life by releasing the bird out of the cage, out of his white square box.


And there his journey begins..




Sometimes we never realize, 
that the small step we take, will give a big leap to someone's life.  

Sometimes we never think twice,
that the decision we make will give effect to people's life.

And sometimes we never imagine,
That the power we have could destroy someone's life..

have we ever think about it?

***

SENLIMA


Director: Maria Tri Sulistyan (Papermoon Puppet Theatre) | Roscha A. Säidow (Retrofuturisten)
Puppetbuilders: Iwan Effendi (Papermoon Puppet Theatre) | Magdalena Roth (Retrofuturisten)
Video: Felix Schiller
Costumes: Jana Weichelt
Music: Schmidti
Stage Manager: Aditya Murti (Papermoon Puppet Theatre)
Production: Dima Andari (Goethe Institut Indonesien) | Retrofuturisten

Actors | Puppeteers Franziska Dittrich (Retrofuturisten), Magdalena Roth (Retrofuturisten), Jana Weichelt, Caspar Bankert, Pambo Prioyati (Papermoon Puppet Theatre), Felix Schiller





photos courtesy by : Witjak Widhi Cahya and Indra Wicaksono


Saturday, August 8, 2015

5 tahun perjalanan MWATHIRIKA


- for this article, it will be written in Bahasa Indonesia -

MWATHIRIKA berumur 5 tahun.
Bagi kami, sebuah kelompok teater boneka yang lahir dan tumbuh di Indonesia sejak 9 tahun yang lalu, ini adalah hal yang istimewa.

MWATHIRIKA adalah sebuah titik balik dalam perjalanan Papermoon.
4 tahun pertama perjalanan Papermoon, kami cukup produktif membuat pementasan .
Dalam satu tahun kami bisa menelurkan paling tidak 2-5 karya .
Tapi semuanya tak ada yang berumur panjang.
Untuk pertunjukan yang dikemas untuk dipentaskan di gedung pertunjukan, paling banter usia pementasannya hanya 3 hari.
Setelah itu kami tak pernah berpikir untuk mementaskannya lagi.
Proses panjang berbulan-bulan kami anggap lumrah untuk dihentikan setelah pentas 3 hari lamanya.

Boneka-boneka yang kami garap berminggu-minggu akan dengan cepat masuk kandang.
Tak pernah disentuh lagi.
Kami selalu beranggapan, saatnya kita bikin pentas baru lagi, lagi, lagi, lagi.
Pokoknya harus baru.

tapi semua berubah saat kami membuat pementasan yang satu ini.
Belajar dari banyak seniman pertunjukan di mancanegara , kami memutuskan untuk mulai membuat pementasan yang bisa berumur panjang.
Kenapa?
karena bagi kami ternyata berbulan-bulan proses membuat pementasan itu seharusnya bisa menghasilkan karya yang usianya bisa melebihi masa pembuatannya.
dan karena kami mau hidup panjang dari karya yang kami buat.



Membuat karya yang bisa berumur panjang, artinya kami harus bisa membuat karya yang bicara pada banyak orang.
 Dengan pilihan tema 'kehilangan', kami mulai membicarakan bukan hanya sejarah kami sendiri, tapi juga sejarah orang lain, sejarah bangsa lain.

Ketika MWATHIRIKA versi pertama dibuat, kami memang 'pol polan' dalam segi artistik. Semua setting bahannya kayu. bagus, tapi berat.
Untuk pentas di Jakarta saja kami harus menyewa satu buah truk untuk membawa semua setting dan propertinya.

Dan saya masih ingat betul, saat kami memasukkan satu persatu setting rumah kayu ke atas truk, kami sudah bertekad membuat versi ringkas dari setting MWATHIRIKA, demi mewujudkan mimpi kami bahwa karya ini harus berumur panjang.

Tim kami waktu itu berkutat dengan desain dan teknik bagaimana semua setting kami bisa dibongkar pasang, dan masuk ke dalam koper, meskipun secara artistik tetap bisa dipertanggungjawabkan.

Berhasil.

Di tahun kedua, MWATHIRIKA berangkat tur ke 7 kota di Amerika Serikat, meliputi Washington DC dan New York City.
Perjalanan Mwathirika berlanjut ke Singapura, segera setelah kami pulang dari Negeri Paman Sam.

Di tahun ketiga, MWATHIRIKA dipentaskan di Darwin, Australia.

Tentu saja urusannya bukan hanya karena MWATHIRIKA bisa diusung 7-8 orang dengan setting, boneka, dan properti yang semuanya masuk ke dalam bagasi.

Tapi juga karena keinginan besar kami untuk bicara pada lebih banyak orang...




dan ini tahun kelima MWATHIRIKA.
Tahun yang sangat berarti buat kami semua.
Bukan hanya karena kami akan mulai menjejakkan kaki ke tanah Scotlandia dan Britania Raya., yang kemudian langsung berlanjut ke Adelaide, Australia..
Tahun ini, untuk pertama kalinya, dua orang konseptor, sekaligus sutradara dan direktur artistik Papermoon - saya dan Iwan- tak akan menggawangi seluruh perjalanan tim MWATHIRIKA.

Bagaimana rasanya ?
seperti yang saya dan iwan katakan kepada teman-teman yang menggawangi Mwathirika kali ini,
mungkin rasanya seperti pertama kali melepas anak sendiri untuk pergi jauh.
Kali ini, banyak tugas yang biasanya kami pikul, harus dititipkan ke bahu teman-teman ..
mereka harus belajar lebih banyak hal, seperti halnya kami juga harus belajar mengikhlaskan.
Memang tidak sederhana..
Tapi modal kami, selain berusaha keras, tapi juga kepercayaan yang tidak main-main.


Minggu depan tim kami akan berangkat.
Mereka akan menapakkan kakinya di tanah tanah yang belum pernah kami jelajahi sebelumnya.
Saya agak sentimentil tentu saja..
dan di dalam hati merasa sangat bangga...

Minggu depan, di tanggal yang sama,
15 Agustus, MWATHIRIKA akan dipentaskan perdana di Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 
sedangkan saya dan Iwan akan mementaskan sebuah karya baru "HIDE and Seek" di The Museum of Art Kochi-Jepang.




Selamat bercerita pada lebih banyak orang, teman...
Titip Moyo, Tupu , Baba, Haki dan Lacuna...
semoga masih ada umur yang lebih panjang lagi untuk MWATHIRIKA dan karya-karya Papermoon lainnya..

amin.



Thursday, July 16, 2015

HIDE and SEEK Project : at The Museum of Art Kochi, Japan



Hello!!!
it's been a while!!

Here we would love to post our upcoming project : residency, exhibition, workshop and performance that will be happened in The Museum of Art Kochi, Japan.

It calls :  HIDE AND SEEK




This time, we got invited by The Museum of Art Kochi, Japan to present our previous works, and also doing some projects with people in Kochi.
Kochi is a small city, a capital of Kochi perfecture in Shikoku island. 
The city itself  is surrounded by hills and nature but has lots of hidden gems.

By the first week, we will install our puppet installations from previous works.
And that will be from "Men Of The Sea" and "WATUGUNUNG".








By the next week, we will start to work on our new project : HIDE AND SEEK.
We will do workshop of puppet making, based on their personal story.

All of the information about HIDE and SEEK project , is available in  HERE 




Monday, February 16, 2015

"SAIDJA : Once Upon A Time in The East"





Saidja is a man who spends his last days in Kampung Tebu, a little village at the bottom of  a volcano. Together with his two grandchildren, Dewi and Sunan, who run a small tourist business.
Near the village, there are the ruins of a sugar factory , which was owned by a Dutch family since 1900’s. Until a group of young Indonesians in their fight to achieve  freedom for Indonesia burned it down.
And Saidja was one of the fighters.

Old Saidja seems to live happily, until a Dutch man, Eric Coen,  comes to his grand daughter’s little stall. He is on his way to find out the history of his family, who were the owners of the sugar factory.  When he shows a photograph of a girl , he opens an old wound of Saidja.

 Images of Oddah-his lover, of Wally Coen- the son of the sugar factory’s owner,  of Jan Princen, the soldier who took Oddah away, they all appear.   And all the blood and all the losts.

A love story in times of violence and revolution.

“SAIDJA : Once Upon a Time In The East” ,
is a collaboration work between Het Volksoperahuis (Netherland) , Rop Severin (Netherland),  Papermoon Puppet Theatre (Yogyakarta),  and several Indonesian musicians.
This performance combines theater, story telling, puppetry, dance, and music.


WHEN?
Thursday,  26 February 2015
20.00 WIB
Friday , 27 February 2015
16.00 & 20.00 WIB

WHERE?
Auditorium IFI- Lembaga Indonesia Prancis
Jl. Sagan No. 3 Yogyakarta

Ticket price : Rp. 35.000,-


Ticket information:
Eli : 085786326263 / lokakaryakertas@gmail.com

This performance will be suitable for 9 years old up, and we are using Indonesian, English and Dutch language.