a Bucket of Beetles

"A Bucket of Beetles is more than just a story of a beautiful friendship. It is a story about the connection between humans and nature. A story that leaves us questioning: are we taking care of our water, soil, and air enough?"

Papermoon Puppet Theatre’s first cinematic puppet performance.

live streamed from Yogyakarta, INDONESIA.

Wehea is a little boy who lives in a big rain forest. Just like any other people who live there, Wehea has a special connection with nature. Even the smallest beings in the forest are his friends.

One day, Wehea sees a very special beetle. He then embarks on an adventure to meet the beetle; the ver special rhinoceros beetle who always searches for the lights and turns out to save his life.

“A Bucket of Beetles” is more than just a story of a beautiful friendship. It is a story about the connection between humans and nature.  A story that leaves us questioning ourselves: are we taking care of our water, soil, and air enough?

This play is based on a story told by a 5-years old little boy.

All designs of the animal puppets in the play are taken from his drawings.

This production will be presented as virtual, live streamed performance from our studio in Yogyakarta, INDONESIA.

Every performances will be followed by artist talk, stage tour, and studio visit.


Journey of “A Bucket of Beetles” :

August 1-2, 2020 : world premiere, virtually presented

October 1, 2020 : performed at Theatre Department Hunter College, CUNY

October 25, 2020 : performed under series of discussion about”Puppetry and Ecology”


Audiences’ comments :

“speechless, it gave me goosebumps!”
“magical performance for family”
“here is to our continuous effort to collectively cultivate interspecies, intergenerational, and intergroup collaboration towards peace and climate justice”
“the backstage tour was amazing!”
“love all the details in the show”
“never imagined a virtual performance could be this warm”
“Glad i could watch this virtual production from East Indonesia”
“Love this piece so much, i watched this in Chile!”
“a little child story, to a masterpiece!”

after the show

article:

https://kompas.id/baca/tokoh/nama-peristiwa/2020/08/01/papermoon-puppet-theatre-cerita-serangga/

https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2020/10/29/puppets-and-pandemics-creating-art-in-the-middle-of-a-health-crisis.html