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.







Wednesday, October 29, 2014

PESTA BONEKA #4 : International Biennale Puppet Festival in Yogyakarta !


International Biennale Puppet Festival
Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2014
5-7 December 2014



PESTA BONEKA  is an international contemporary puppet festival that has been held and initiated by Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Indonesia. As the only biennial international puppet festival initiated and host by artist among Southeast Asia , this festival has a different sense of festival, and becomes a very important meeting point of questioning what puppetry could bring to people’s life.
This festival allows all participants to meet each other, to meet audience, and to feel how Yogyakarta could burst a creative life. All meetings will be accomodate through performances, workshops, cooking session, and studio visit.




WHAT's on the MENU ?

1.     17 November – 3 December 2014    : artists in collaboration
Some of the participants will come earlier, and do collaborative work with Papermoon Puppet Theatre and another local artists. Polyglot Theatre (Australia) will come and do cpllaborative work with Papermoon Puppet Theatre and the kids and youth community at Kepek Village, bantul. Cake Industries (Australia) will come earlier to do collaborative work with Papermoon Puppet Theatre and they plan to combine puppetry, mask, robot art and dance.
Jae Sirikarn Bunjongtad from Thailand will come and do a collaboration of exploring shadow puppetry.

2.     4 December 2014                                     : welcome party, studio visit, venue visit.

3.     5 – 6 December 2014                              : FESTIVAL PESTA BONEKA #4
-        Venue     : Auditorium IFI/LIP (Indonesien French Institute/ Lembaga Indonesia Prancis)
 Jl. Sagan No. 3 Yogyakarta
Indiecology Resto & cafe
Jl.  Candra Kirana No. 14 Yogyakarta
-        event       : opening ceremony,  puppet performances & workshops
-         time        : 02.00 pm - end

4.     7 December 2014                                     : FESTIVAL PESTA BONEKA #4
- Venue          :  Kepek Village, Timbulharjo, Bantul.
- event           : puppet performances,  puppet and comic installation , when puppeteers cook,  workshop, closing ceremony.
For these past 2 years, Kepek Carnival has been arised as local festival which allows all people in the village to participate. This time, we would love to combine our International Puppet Festival with the genuine local festival in the village.

       




Participants of PESTA BONEKA #4 :
  1. Australia : Polyglot Theatre
In collaboration with Anton Fajri from Papermoon Puppet Theatre for DRAWBRIDGE PROJECT – an interactive  comic and puppet installation in Kepek Village.
  


  1. Australia : Cake Industries


In collaboration with  Iwan Effendi, Octo Cornelius from Papermoon Puppet Theatre for a performance which will combine puppetry, robot and dance.


  1. Thailand : Jae Sirikarn Bunjongtad & Axm Nj

In collaboration with Beni Sanjaya –the puppeteer of Papermoon Puppet 
Theatre. They will extend their collaboration that they wver did in Thailan on February 2014.


  1. Philippines : Anino Shadowplay Collective

  
will present “ARKIPELAGO : intima ..sea”, about their identity as an archipelagic country, with shadow, body movement and music as the media.

  1. Spain : Belen Rubira

Hambre come is a five and a half minute puppet theatre played only for two people. The story develops inside a suitcase with two peephole through which you can spy what happens inside a restaurant. Without words, the carefully chosen music, heard through earphones, is indispensable to give meaning to the piece and to get the spectator into a unique atmosphere.




  1. Iceland : Bernd Ogrodnik & Hildur Jónsdóttir
   

“Metamorphosis” is the play that will be performed by Bernd and Hildur.
“Metamorphosis” is a collection of original short stories not told with words, but with the metaphorical grace of Puppets.
The context of the vignettes ranges from the trivial to the metaphysical. A strong emphasis lies on imagery, made possible through the surrealistic quality inherit in Puppets

  1. Mexico, Spain, Indonesia  : GNAYAW Puppet
 

Based in Surakarta, Indonesia, Gnayaw works with different artistic forms, other than puppet and object theater itself, such as music and theatre. Gnayaw started its work out of traditional wayang kulit, but reinterpreted and gave a new use to its elements, thus, the name of the company was chosen: Gnayaw stands for Wayang spelled backwards.


  1. Hungary  : Kovacs Tamas


Tamas has his first travel to Indonesia this year. Staying here and starting to build his performance with a Polish schenographer.
  

  1. Japan : Kanade Yagi


Is a performance artist who would love to do experiment on puppetry.
I would like to share the ideas “what is it like to be me?” with audience tracing science experiment in the puppetry context. I expect it would be the opportunity to think about “what is it like to be puppet?”



  1. Indonesia : Papermoon Puppet Theatre,  Anak Muda Bicara Teater ( AMB Teater) and others to go ! :D

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