Mwathirika

For teenagers and adults
NON VERBAL PLAY Emotional & visual storytelling
55 minutes
“Mwathirika is a deeply moving, beautiful, and important piece of work. This piece is truly international, as it doesn't rely on text or language but uses the power of sound and visual image to touch our hearts.”

—The Clothesline; Adelaide, Australia; 2015

About

Based on our research about the 1965 genocide in Indonesia, Papermoon Puppet Theatre dedicates our performance Mwathirika to the victims and missing family members of this tragedy—as well as the many other tragedies caused by political turmoil in our world.

Mwathirika is our most widely toured work. In 2016, it was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Southbank Centre, London; the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; and Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff as part of the British Council’s “Discover Indonesia” program. It was also presented by the OzAsia Festival in Adelaide, Australia.

In 2012, Center Stage, the cultural exchange program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs, brought Mwathirika to five states and seven cities in the United States. Additionally, the show was part of the Darwin Festival, Australia and the ASEAN Puppetry Festival in Singapore that year.

The Journey of Mwathirika

  • Goethe-Institut Myanmar; Yangon, Myanmar (March 2016)
  • OzAsia Festival; Adelaide, Australia (September 2015)
  • Wales Millennium Centre; Cardiff, Wales; supported by “Discover Indonesia” (September 2015)
  • Centre for Contemporary Arts; Glasgow, Scotland; supported by “Discover Indonesia” (September 2015)
  • Southbank Centre; London, England; supported by “Discover Indonesia” (September 2015)
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Edinburgh, Scotland; supported by “Discover Indonesia” (August 2015)
  • World Puppetry Carnival; Jakarta, Indonesia (September 2013)
  • Darwin Festival; Darwin, Australia (August 2013)
  • ASEAN Puppetry Festival, Singapore (November 2012)
  • Asia Society; New York, NY, USA; supported by Center Stage (September 2012)
  • FirstWorks Festival; Providence, RI, USA; supported by Center Stage (September 2012)
  • Great Plains Regional Puppet Festival; West Liberty, Iowa, USA; supported by Center Stage (September 2012)
  • Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Bucknell University; Lewisburg, PA, USA; supported by Center Stage (September 2012)
  • Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts, Juniata College; Huntingdon, PA, USA; supported by Center Stage (September 2012)
  • Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College; Easton, PA, USA; supported by Center Stage (September 2012)
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Washington, D.C., USA; supported by Center Stage (September 2012)
  • Institut Français Indonesia; Bandung, Indonesia (August 2012)
  • Goethe-Institut Indonesia; Jakarta, Indonesia (January 2011)
  • Institut Français Indonesia; Yogyakarta, Indonesia; supported by the Empowering Women Artists grant from Yayasan Kelola, HIVOS, the Ford Foundation, and BIYAN (December 2010)

Press

“Mwathirika is a deeply moving, beautiful, and important piece of work. This piece is truly international, as it doesn’t rely on text or language but uses the power of sound and visual image to touch our hearts.”

The Clothesline; Adelaide, Australia; 2015

“Delicate and moving, Mwathirika opens our hearts as well as our minds to the pain of war.”

InDaily; Adelaide, Australia; 2015

****

The Scotsman; Edinburgh, Scotland; 2015

“Papermoon Puppet Theatre brings home the tragedy of those years in an hour, far better than any books or pages of academic analysis, or facts and figures.”

—BroadwayWorld.com, 2015

****

—TheReviewsHub.com, 2015

“… this high-quality piece drags us in a poignant slipstream.”

—David Pollock, WOW247.co.uk

“Papermoon’s puppeteers need no words and minimal sound to communicate the motions of the characters, and with an exemplary musical accompaniment and the intensity of the storyline itself, this is almost enough to make a grown woman cry.”

—NY Social Status, 2012

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