Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) takes pre-school children and their adults on a sea journey never to be forgotten.
Climb aboard and be rocked and rolled across a strange ocean, dive to the bottom of the sea, hear stories on the wind and in the currents of the water, and face great danger before coming to safe harbour.
Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) is inspired by the seafaring history of Java, Indonesia, and a true tale of a small boy’s arrival in Australia. Cerita Anak places children at the heart of the story by inviting the audience, young and old, to be passengers on this adventure on the high seas.
Combining puppetry, song, shadow imagery and sound, the show bustles with all the life of the ocean – from the fish below to the birds above – while evoking the majesty and mystery of the sea itself.
Cerita Anak was in part developed in a fishing village north of Java, where Melbourne's Polyglot Theatre and Indonesia's Papermoon Puppet Theatre worked with local children to create this exquisite encounter.
Empowering its young audience as they navigate the high seas, Cerita Anak is also a timely reflection of the refugee experience and the history of our region.
This is the third years for Papermoon Puppet Theatre and Polyglot Theatre building 'CERITA ANAK'. On 2015, Sue Giles (Artistic Director or Polyglot Theatre) and Anna Tregolan (Set Designer of Cerita Anak) came to Yogya, and we did the first stage of development process for CERITA ANAK in Lasem (Central java), and Kepek (Bantul, Yogyakarta).
The second development process happened in Yogya again, while Sue, Anna and Steph O'Hara (music composer of Cerita Anak) came to do 'the making' and research process.
Then the third development process happened in Artplay-Melbourne, when Ria (Co. Artistic Director of Papermoon Puppet Theatre), Anton fajri (artistic team of papermoon), and Wulang Sunu (animator of Cerita Anak) came. We did several workshops with children to try some parts of CERITA ANAK.
In between those process, Polyglot Theatre did several workshop with Dinjerra children, and through pictures and drawings they made, they could tell their experience of what 'boats' for them.
So, here we are now..
getting ready to do our world premiere of CERITA ANAK (Child's Story).
This 'immersive theatre' will bring audiences to different experience.
is a contemporary puppet theater in Indonesia, which do experiments on art by using puppet theater as its media. Not only make performances in theater spaces, papermoon also do site-specific performances, make lots of workshops for all ages, and initiate International Biennale Puppet Festival in Yogyakarta since 2008.
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