Wednesday, December 15, 2010

what's on PESTA BONEKA #2 ??

hello guys!!! here we meet again!!

yeiy!! we just past the first row of PESTA BONEKA#2. well.. PESTA BONEKA is a biennale puppet festival that was initiated by Papermoon Puppet Theatre (yes.. us!!). on this festival we would love to celebrate how's people using theater figure (including whatever kind of puppets, wayang, objects, masks, etc), and ask more people to enjoy it!

so, last night (december ,14th) we just did the first term of PESTA BONEKA#2 with 4 different performances, and an opening of our exhibition.
You can check the schedule, in HERE ..

this is where we made it!

well.. Yogya was poured by a heavy rain in the afternoon... that made us so worried... but slowly the rain started to stop, then we started to play the first performance just 15 minutes past from the actual time. and hundreds of people were there!!! AMAZING !!!

so.. here are some photos that was taken by parko and some friends for our party last night.. enjoy guys!!!

the performer from France.. AUTOMNE 2085
they drove their car from france for 2 years and passed 17 countries to come to Java Island!!

the members of Wayang Beber Kota.. we invited 3 people to come, but there were 30 people coming!!! FANTASTIC!!! they kept playing their music instruments and singing all the afternoon.. yes they were rehearsing, and it was so beautiful!!!!

me and Ki Ledjar Sukasman (all dalangs-traditional puppeteer- in Indonesia always got "Ki" for the man in front of their name, and "Nyi" for the woman, as a respect from people).. the maestro of Wayang Kancil.. he is 73 years old.. and amazing!!! i learned how to make wayang from him!! :D

Tadaaaaaaaaa.. the opening of the festival!!!

so.. here is the first play.. Wayang Beber Kota from Solo!!!! (clap..clap..clap!!!)

this is my first time to watch Wayang Beber, and i do love it !!! :D
the way the group performed the play.. is just Amazing!!!

dani iswardana, the visual artist who paints the wayang beber...
(wayang beber is an ancient form of story telling in Java, it's almost extinct now, and dani is one of artists who tries to re-invented wayang beber in a new form)

a young dalang, his name is Adam Gifari. he's talented!! what a special 11 years old-boy!!!

then... this one is the second play... Wayang Kancil !!!

mousedeer (kancil) met the wolf...

nanang, is the grandson of mbah ledjar... he is one of people who push me to do the festival.. thank you so much for trusting me, nanang!! yes.. we can make it!! :D

and the third one is Automne 2085 from France!!!

their show was sooo FUNNY!! it's simple but really details!
i do love the details of how they manipulate the puppets, so MUCH!!
it's about "the neighbors"!

and the latest one is... Wayang HipHOp!!

and they brought the beautiful dancers, too!!

ahahahahah!!! thank you so much for the great party guys... and.. oo.. hold on, here are some of the audiences!

and these all the participants and all the crews, and the sponsor !! ;)

and here are the papermoon's team!!!
well done, guys!!!

and how's the exhibition???

with oom Valentine Willie (the gallery's owner... thank you oom.. for giving us chance to share our works to more people...) and mas biantoro (from nadi gallery, jakarta.. thank you for visiting our exhibition and festival, mas...), and... ehm... my fantastic collaborator... partner in crime... Iwan Effendi !!! (congratulation, made it!)

so.. guys...thank you so much for coming!!!
thank you so much for supporting our festival!

but don't worry... you can see the exhibition of Iwan Effendi feat. PApermoon Puppet Theatre "the artworks of mwathirika" everyday (except national holiday) @Tembi Contemporary unti JAnuary 2nd, 2011 !!!

click HERE to see some sneak peak of Mwathirika's artworks!

come and visit!!! :D

hope to see you again in our next project!!!


Friday, December 10, 2010


this is our Biennial Puppet Festival ...

initiated by Papermoon Puppet Theatre...

and this year will be our second time of PESTA BONEKA !!

it's for FREE and For ALL AGES!!

@ Tembi Contemporary

Jalan Parangtritis KM 8,5
Bantul, Yogyakarta
Tel. +62 274 688 1919

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
@ 7.00 pm - end

Performance by :
  • Wayang Beber (by Dani Iswardana & Adam Gifari), Surakarta
  • Wayang Kancil (by Ki Ledjar Soebroto & Ananto Wicaksono), Yogyakarta
  • Theater Automne2085, France
  • Wayang HipHop ( by Catur "Benyek" kuncoro & friends), Yogyakarta

Opening Visual Art Exhibition of Iwan Effendi feat. Papermoon Puppet Theatre :
"The Artworks of MWATHIRIKA"

December 19th - 21st, 2010
2.00pm - 5.30pm

Puppet Theater Workshop for children and teenagers of Tembi village (closed participants)

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
4.00 pm - 6.00 pm


see you there!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

the pictures of MWATHIRIKA..

these fabulous photos were taken by indra wicaksono from pakjepret on first day of MWATHIRIKA's performance....

...and here is the magic...

when Baba met Haki...

it's circus time!!!

circus circus!!

...when those people started to disappear...

lonely Tupu... may i wipe your tears?

the red hat...

meet the family...

and this one is my favorite!!
...counting the days...

….about the “grey” history of MWATHIRIKA...

Why choose this theme?
Isn’t the ‘dark chapter’ in Indonesia’s history ‘old news’, does it need to be told again?
Perhaps this is so for some people in Indonesia…..
Or perhaps there are even more who don’t want to talk about it, and choose to forget it because they fear it….

But that’s not the way it is for us.
Although hundreds of books and films about this ‘dark chapter’ have been produced, under a cloud of controversy, how many of the young men and women of our archipelago have heard about, watched, or read them?
How many of us want to remember this dark chapter of our history?

For us, it is not about who killed who….
This is about a lost history (and the loss of history) in our lives.
Shouldn’t it be so, that if we know what has happened in the past, then we can understand why we stand here now, and where we want to go in the years to come?

So, this is what actually happen while the daughter of a former Lieutenant Colonel of Indonesian Air Force, and the grandson of dalang (wayang puppet-master) who was a political prisoner for 13 years, -like us- could talk about the dark chapters of history, that are also a part of their family histories….

“MWARTHIRIKA” is a visual performance without words, about that dark history which we tell in an imaginative way, like a fairy tale.

In this performance we use Swahili words for the title and the character’s names, and have created bunraku and kuruma ningyo puppets, which originate from Japan, to perform the story.

Yes, IT’S TRUE!!! We are celebrating the joy of choosing many things from many shelves. We are celebrating the cacaphony of transliterative history (the words of Agung Kurniawan – the process companion) in our work.

Maybe you will know some of the symbols, maybe not.
Don’t worry.
Just enjoy it…..

This is just one of the languages which we can use to tell stories from our history, which enriches us.

Maria Tri Sulistyani & Iwan Effendi
(Artistic Directors MWATHIRIKA)

all about MWATHIRIKA can be checked HERE !!!