Monday, August 18, 2014

WATUGUNUNG : i am your mother... i am your wife.

Watugunung is an ancient story from Java.
It's actually a story about the birth of time in Java.

We heard the story for the first time from a play of Teater Garasi calls Waktu Batu. 
Watugunung is one of the character of their performance, and his story was combined with others folks and myths in that performance.

On December 2013, while Teater Garasi invited us to do a re-enactment of one of their plays, we said yes, and decided to choose "WATUGUNUNG" which was part of their Waktu Batu performance.

The story itself is pretty complicated.
So we decided to take one point of view to tell the story.
And it was from Shinta's point of view.
Shinta is the central character of the story. And who is she?
She is Watugunung's mom.. and also Watugunung's wife.

So here was how the story told, in our version....


Shinta, was a sad mom.
She had been trying hard to find her only son, Watugunung... who ran away from home after she hit his head unexpectedly. 
She spent most of her life to try to find his own son. 
But one thing  happens to her, she never turns old.

One day, Shinta met a gorgeous man.
They are falling in love to each other.
And from their love, she was gave birth 13 twins...
 yes 26 kids as the apples of their love.

But one night, while Shinta and her husband pouring each other with love,
an unexpected thing happened.
Shinta found a scar on her husband's head.
The scar that she never found before.

And while she asked him what happened with his scar..
He told her a story.
A story that Shinta would never want to hear in her whole life.

He was him.
He was Watugunung. 
Her son that she had been searching for. 

All the thunder came to herself now.
But It's impossible to tell him that she is his mom...

So Shinta decided to kill Watugunung..
The man that she loves.
She gave Watugunung a challenge.
If you really love me, show me.
You have to defeat Syiwa, the god. 
Then i know that you really love me.

And Watugunung received the challenge.
He wanted to show Shinta how big his love to that beautiful lady, the mother of his 26 sons.

Then Watugunung called Syiwa.
The fought day and night.

And by one chance....

Syiwa beat Watugunung with his power.

Watugunung was defeated.
He was dead.

 Shinta never thought that her heart will feel that pain.
It's the most painfull moment for her.
She was crying day and night, week by week...
Calling Watugunung's name.. asking him to come back.

And Syiwa gave her another chance.
Watugunung opened his eyes...
and asked Shinta...

"Who are you?"

then Shinta answered...

"I am your mother... I am your wife".


all photos by : Indra Wicaksono
courtesy by Papermoon Puppet Theatre

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

on the way to 'LIGHT IN WINTER' !

dear lovely friends..
time flies!

It's been a while after our latest post about our projects with kiddos in two villages.
Those were exciting projects where we set our feet on the ground again, after more than 5 years not doing any activities with kids! :)

But now.. here we are...
in Melbourne -Australia, set another super duper exciting new project with our wonderful collaborator, CAKE INDUSTRIES .. and i always love to introduce them as dynamic robo-duo artist! :D

We got invited by Federation Square in coorporation with City Of Melbourne to present the results of our collaboration for LIGHT IN WINTER Festival, in Federation Square.. yes... in the center of Melbourne city!

And we call our project : ANACHRON.

What will be more exciting than combining our handmade puppetry made out of papers, and simple materials with old-school mechanism (which we love so much) with bundles of cables, electricity, machine, amazing bright ideas and hi-end tools of Cake Industries?!!!
So yes!

Now we are making a moving installation that combined puppetry, lights, sounds, mechanism to make micro movements and stories.
We've been travelling for 3 times from Yogya to Melbourne since the end of last year to make this project happen.
We also did workshop of puppets' head making and 3-d print !

And this week will be the final week for us to finish the work, before we install it next week.
We still have so many things to do.. and we are super excited!

We'll update you soon, mate! :D

see ya!!

oo.. and please read this writing about our collaboration:

The Light in Winter festival sparks international collaboration

see ya soon!! :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

children and puppets!

hello fellas!
we got bunch of emails sending their big questions about how our blog is really out of date!
aahh... we would love to say sorry about how bad we are on maintaining this page for a while...

After got back from Amseterdam last year, we were dedicated our times for doing couple of projects with kiddos!
Yeah! Finally!!!!!
After more than 6 years, we are back on doing things with kids!!!
What a precious moment!

So, here they are!

this is a collaborating work between Papermoon Puppet Theatre and Polyglot Theatre that was happened on March 2014 in the village of the bottom Merapi mountain.
We worked with 45 kids, and more than 30 adults to make a performance out of ogre characters on their traditional dances!

These kids came out with their stories, their characters, their drawings, and build them out together for 2 weeks!

We really had a great time to stay at the village for 2 weeks, learned how to play gamelan from 4 year old kids, and made performance with bunch of awesome kids and adults!!!

performed at their play yard, and be watched by more than 500 people who came from many places!

and what could beat a coreographed fighting scene?!!! 

of course, their smiles! :)

( the mistery of forbidden forest)

This project was happened on February 2014, at another village in the southern part of Yogyakarta.
Every weekend, for a month, we went to this village, and play around with 15 kids!
We wrote stories together, drew characters,  and built the puppes with a bamboo techniques that we learned form them and their parents!
It was a site-specific performance, while we asked the kids, what came out on their mind after they saw the tree-stage?
and "FOREST" came as their answers.
What kind of forest then?
a Misterious one! 

Hosted by Bumi Pemuda Rahayu, we spent around 2 weeks with those wonderful kids, eating super good foods, in a forest-like residency area.

Ah... Good to be back to the kids play yard!
and it was awesome to perform together with them too!

See you soon in another projects, fellas!!


*photos of Drawbridge Project by Indra Wicaksono
photos of Misteri Siung Buto by Hieronimus Kusumatmo Herminarto

Monday, November 25, 2013

STORYBOOTH for Made In Commons, Amsterdam

Here we are now, for the first time step on Europe continent. 
We becomes part of Made In Commons Project - a collaborative project between Kunci Cultural Studies and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam ( SMBA) .

And for this project, we are making "STORYBOOTH project".
We build a photo studio inside the gallery, with 2 puppets as the main characters. 
We will invite people to come, to move the puppets, to put, to arrange the puppets and make the stories as they like, then take one best photo.

Yes.. We would love to invite you to be the creator of the puppet's life.

Hope to see you there, dear friends..

Saturday, September 21, 2013

"Secangkir Kopi dari Playa" goes to Jakarta

"Secangkir Kopi dari Playa" is our production on December 2011.
We always want to perform this piece again and again... but actually it was not easy to find the right moment to do it..
Since this piece is actually a bit complicated.

It was performed in a secret place... well it was performed in a hidden antique shop, with a vintage tour, that you can read here:

So, now we find the right moment to do it again!
Goethe Institute invited us to perform this piece, in Jakarta.
and still .. we will do that in a secret place! :D

Instead of selling the tickets, which won't be happen this time...
We ask people to get the ticket in advance, by giving us one object  that they want to forget , including the story of their memories.

Yes, the performance is FOR FREE !!
and limited only for 30 people for each performance... 

so, please check the clues to get the ticket..
since this is not a usual performance.. :) 

we hope to see you there, dear..
and let's share our memories...

Sunday, August 25, 2013

a jaw dropping girl names FRAU.

After years been thinking and talking about the idea of making "a thing" togehter with a girl names Leilani, finally the time is here!

Lani- which is the one and only musician at FRAU- will launch her second album that will make your mind flying around.

It's not hard to work with this lovely lady, since we have the common thing : 
love to perform in an intimate space, with an intimate feeling, in front of not so many people.

So here we are..
Papermoon Puppet Theatre will be the artistic team for FRAU's second album launch.

See you in the venue, lovely people!!

don't forget to bring your best ear and heart!

please feel free to download FRAU's songs here :

Monday, August 12, 2013

MWATHIRIKA will be performed at Darwin Festival

yes.. we will have another journey.
MWATHIRIKA will have one to Darwin, Australia for Darwin Festival 2013.


Papermoon Puppet Theatre

Origin Indonesia
Papermoon Puppet Theatre brings its exquisite blend of visual arts and theatre to Darwin Festival. This innovative Indonesian company takes an artform most often associated with children’s stories and uses it to uncover a country’s dark history in a charming fairy tale style.
Inspired by the events of the infamous ‘Year of Living Dangerously’ in Indonesia, Mwathirika explores themes of identity and society. It uncovers some of the turmoil and upheaval that occurred in the transition to modern-day Indonesia through thought-provoking stories that are highly relatable and ultimately uplifting. Using the whimsy and seeming innocence of beautiful, simple puppets and minimal dialogue, Papermoon Puppet Theatre has created a unique multimedia performance that goes beyond the actual historical events to explore the personal side of history and its effects on the family.
Original, imaginative and utterly stunning, Mwathirikatells the hidden and forbidden story of a nation. Though the events themselves were harrowing, Papermoon Puppet Theatre tells its story with such tenderness and beauty that it will linger long in the hearts and minds of those who experience it.
Discover Papermoon Puppet Theatre as they rove around Festival sites, creating enchanting one-on-one performances for children and adults alike.
Supported by the Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia.


"Papermoon Puppet Theatre has transformed puppets the way graphic novels changed comics: taking a popular form too often dismissed as child's play and making it intellectually challenging, emotionally chilling, and visualy bold."
Center Stage (USA)


Artistic Directors Maria Tri Sulistyani, Iwan Effendi Artistic Designer Iwan Effendi Assistant Artistic Designer Octo Cornelius Set Construction Anton Fajri, Beni Sanjaya, Octo Cornelius, Maria Tri Sulistyani, Iwan Effendi Puppeteers Anton Fajri, Beni Sanjaya, Octo Cornelius, Iwan Effendi, Maria Tri Sulistyani, Wulang Sunu Music Director Yennu Ariendra Lighting Director Banjar Triandaru Cahyo Video Artist Doni Maulistya


more about MWATHIRIKA :


Sat 17 Aug 5pm (SOLD OUT)
Sun 18 Aug 5pm (SOLD OUT)
Sun 18 Aug 2pm (NEW SHOW ADDED)
Please Note:
Call the Box Office on 8943 4222 or visit our Tatts Ticket Caravan in the Smith Street mall for more information or to purchase.





Full $34
Concession $27
Group (4+) $30



Not recommended for children under the age of 12