MARACOSA, from the Sanskrit language, translates to seing for oneself.

Inheriting a business or traditional art, especially a family legacy, has always sparked dilemmas on the continuing generation. 

It has occured in many fields and amongst Asian families. 

In this performance, Papermoon Puppet Theater would like to highlight how choices made by the next generation might seem very contrasting to previous generations. What must be passed on must be beyond objects and techniques. The reason to love must also be found, despite in different forms. It must be experienced, seen, and discovered by the next generation. 

  • Non verbal cinematic performance
  • 26 minutes

Synopsis of MARACOSA :

Mbak Malam, an old woman who owns a batik workshop, loves her dear granddaughter named Canting. One day, when Canting fell sick, Mbak Malam decided to tuck her in using a batik cloth decorated with a ‘tambalan’ motif. ‘Tambalan’, which translates to patch work, is believed to mend sadness, cure illness, and fill in losses. 

For Mbak Malam, batik is not just any piece of textile commodity, but has a deeper significance. Hence, amongst hundreds of batik cloth, Mbah Malam always manages to find miracles. Motifs of fauna pictured in each of the batik cloths had always kept her company and brought joy. However, this wasn’t so for Canting. 

Until one day, Canting experienced the miracle herself amongst the hundreds of batik cloth hung in the grandmother’s old batik workshop. 

The miracle made her believe that batik had a different meaning in her life. Her faith had grown because she had seen and experienced the miracle herself.  



Director & conceptor : Maria Tri Sulistyani

Artistic designer : Muhammad Alhaq

DOP & video editor: Rangga Yudhistira

Puppet makers : M. Alhaq, Beni Sanjaya, Anton Fajri, Pambo Priyojati, Hardiansyah Yoga, Retno Intiani

Puppeteers: M. Alhaq, Beni Sanjaya, Anton Fajri, Pambo Priyojati, Hardiansyah Yoga,

Composer: Yennu Ariendra

Crew: Ega Kuspriyanto 

Producer : Papermoon Puppet Theatre and Nona Rara Batik

KACA CAKA : The Mirror

Mirror is my best friend, because when I cry it never laughs

( Charlie Chaplin )

“KACA CAKA : The Mirror” is a play about the world of imagination that exists in the brain of a 5- years old boy named Caka, every time he saw mirrors. Any mirror.

Seeing a mirror, made him believe that he could be anything.

A karate kid, a ghost, a bird, a robot, or even a walrus.

Everything seems fine, until he saw a big glass window of an old house.

Seeing his big projection in the glass window, made his imagination growing bigger and bigger. He started to make funny and interesting things only for himself.

Until one day, he found that the glass window, is not a usual mirror that he knew.


cinematic puppet performance

non verbal

table top puppet technique

duration : 32 minutes

available for young audiences and adults

KACACAKA ‘s team:

Original idea : Lunang Pramusesa – Story & Artistic Director : Ria Papermoon (Maria Tri Sulistyani) – Artistic (puppet& sets) designer : Muhammad Alhaq – Set engineer & lighting designer : Anton Fajri -Puppeteer, set builder, puppet buliders : Beni Sanjaya, Pambo Proyojati, Hardiansyah Yoga – Costume by Retno Intiani – Director of photography & video editor : Rangga Yudhistira – Music composer : Yennu Ariendra – Artistic consultant : Iwan Effendi


Papermoon Puppet Theatre dan Ayo Dongeng Indonesia membuka kesempatan bagi seniman lintas disiplin untuk mengikuti serangkaian workshop eksperimental untuk membuat pementasan seni pertunjukan untuk anak dalam sebuah projek dengan tajuk  ; GULALI Lab

Seniman peserta terpilih akan mendapat kesempatan didampingi oleh para fasilitator, mendapat beberapa kelas sharing intensif bersama beberapa seniman intenasional, selama bulan Agustus-September 2021 untuk mengembangkan projek mereka, berbagi temuan-temuan dan pertanyaan mengenai seni pertunjukan untuk anak.

Di akhir sesi, seniman akan mempresentasikan temuan mereka dalam bentuk karya digital dalam rangkaian festival seni pertunjukan untuk anak; GULALI FESTIVAL.


Syarat pendaftaran :

  1. Individual / kelompok
  2. Diutamakan untuk seniman, atau kreator lintas disiplin
  3. Tertarik membuat karya pertunjukan digital, dengan durasi 15-20 menit
  4. Pendaftar berusia minimal 20 tahun.
  5. Mengisi form pendaftaran secara lengkap
  6. Mengirimkan CV
  7. Mengirimkan proposal tertulis dan deskripsi visual
  8. Sasaran penonton : ANAK-ANAK
  9. WAJIB Mengirimkan video presentasi proposal karya yang dibuat semenarik mungkin, dengan durasi maksimal 5 menit, dengan format presentasi untuk penonton anak-anak.
  10. Memiliki komitmen kuat untuk berproses selama bulan Agustus-September 2021.
  11. Bersedia dan bisa menghadiri pertemuan wajib yang tertera di bagian bawah pengumuman ini.
  12. Memiliki komitmen untuk mengirimkan karya digital untuk ditampilkan dalam GULALI FESTIVAL

Fasilitas Yang akan disediakan :

  1. Tim fasilitator dari Papermoon Puppet Theatre dan Ayo Dongeng Indonesia untuk mendampingi proses selama bulan Agustus-September 2021
  2. Karya terpilih akan mendapat subsidi biaya produksi sebesar Rp. 2.000.000,- (dua juta rupiah)

Tanggal Penting :

  1. Tenggat akhir proposal : 7 Agustus 2021
  2. Pengumuman proposal terpilih : 9 Agustus 2021
  3. Kelas Intensif (Wajib)

a. Senin- Jumat, 16-20 Agustus 2021, pukul 15.30 -17.30 WIB

Pembicara : Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Ayo Dongeng Indonesia, Luanne Poh ( Konseptor dan Direktur The Artground, Singapura)

b. Sabtu, 21 Agustus 2021, pukul 15.30 -17.30 WIB

Pembicara : Sue Giles (Direktur Artistik Polyglot Theatre, Australia, Presiden ASSITEJ Internasional)

  • Pertemuan Mingguan (Wajib )

Setiap hari Minggu, 29 Agustus-26 September 2021, pukul 10.00 -12.00 WIB

  • Tenggat akhir pengumpulan karya : 25 September 2021
  • Presentasi karya/ pementasan : 1-3 Oktober 2021

Catatan :

  2. Kami akan melibatkan juri anak untuk menentukan proposal karya terpilih
  3. Keputusan panitia dan juri anak tidak dapat diganggu gugat.


STORY TAILOR is an intimate puppet performance.
We invite audiences to give us 4 words, then we will sew those words to be a performance.

By using variety objects, puppets, shadow theatre, we will present a surprise performance that you might never imagined before.

STORY TAILOR could be presented as a Live performance or Virtual Performance.

In the time of corona, we produced “(IN YOUR POCKET) STORY TAILOR”, where people could requested their own theme, and we sew 3-4 themes into 1 performance, and sent the piece through Whatsapp, directly to the audiences’ phone cells.

We received at least 229 themes, that were sewed and sent to people’s pockets.

We were also asked people if they would like to send ” (IN YOUR POCKET) STORY TAILOR” as presents for health workers, doctors, nurses to entertain them in hospitals. For those needs, we will send the videos for free.

Reviews in medias :

Journey of STORY TAILOR :

Opening of Yayasan HIVOS, 2021
Story Tailor (In Your Pocket #1 and #2), Online format, 2020
Folk Music Festival, Malang, 2018
Festival Dongeng Internasional Indonesia, Jakarta, 2017
Pasar-Pasaran Ubud, Bali, 2017

1200° ( Twelve Hundred Degrees)

1200° is a cinematic non-verbal puppetry and pottery performance with ASMR sounds.

Papermoon Puppet Theatre had a new experimentation on medium, and in 1200° , all of puppets they made were made out of ceramic.

In this piece, they embraced the sound from the materials, from surroundings. The piece would like to give the audience time to pause and to appreciate every little sounds around through ASMR sounds they used.

1200° is a story about pursuing a dream, how a creation tries to make itself… itself.

A little head made out of clay woke up, and found that the body parts that was put for it, was not what supposed to be. The little head tried to dig, to find the body parts that would meet its expectation. With lots of help from it friends, the little head had a journey to be comfort on its own choices.

1200° was part of the closing Program Peduli by The Asia Foundation. Program Peduli was initiated by The Asia Foundation to facilitate and empower marginal communities in Indonesia, including transgender communities, people with different abilities, indigenous people who live in Indonesian jungle, etc.

Papermoon Puppet Theatre started the process of 1200° by doing workshop with transgender communities in Yogyakarta.

People’s comments :

“very clever combination between materials and theme!”

“Because it is a non verbal piece, it allowed audiences to build their own stories. Awesome!”


“All puppets are so real!”

“Those details in the sounds.. are AMAZING!”


“Vulnerable yet beautiful”.


Trailer “1200° (Twelve Hundred Degrees)”

Articles about 1200° :

Artist in Residence with Papermoon Puppet Theatre

Papermoon Residency House is a home for artists from various different background, researcher, observer, puppet lovers who would like to get closer,  or to do the process of puppet performance making.

Papermoon Residency House is owned, independently funded and run by Papermoon Puppet Theatre, a puppet theatre company that is based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

As an international puppet theatre company established since 2006, Papermoon Puppet Theatre whom also initiated and hosted an international biennial puppet festival calls PESTA BONEKA has been hosted  hundreds of puppetry artists from around the world at their beloved hometown, Yogyakarta.

Doing the “Artist in Residence Program” with Papermoon Puppet Theatre means to inspire each other, learning from each other, and understanding their way to create and to live. Papermoon Residency House was built to create a sustainable ecosystem of puppetry scene in Yogyakarta. Papermoon Puppet Theatre works with other artists, other puppet companies to run the residency house and also the programs.

There is an open opportunity for artist in residence to do collaboration with other artists or communities in Yogyakarta.

As the way to keep a sustainability system for the house, we also rent the rooms and the house for anyone who would like to have an immersive arts experience while staying in Yogya for their vacation. Papermoon Residency House is also open for anyone who would like to have an immersive art experience.

The Program



  1. Puppetry artist (as individual, or group)
  2. Artists from different background who has interests on experiment in puppetry
  3. Researcher, or observer in puppetry
  4. Students or scholar who has interest in puppetry


You could choose weekly or monthly program, to do research, observation, retreat, or as you work in progress- process. By the end of your stay, you will need to do at least 1x presentation for public, which could be public lecture, discussion, or performance. Public presentation will be happened and facilitated at Papermoon’s studio or other artists’ studios.


  1. Room, and full facilitated house
  2. Shared studio
  3. Access to Papermoon Puppet Theatre’s studio*
  4. Presentation facilities
  5. Lunch (except Sunday and holiday)
  6. Opportunity to collaborate with local artists
  7. Cleaning service 2 times in a week
  8. Assistant (special request, additional cost)
  9. Wifi at Papermoon Puppet Theatre’s studio
  10. studio visit to other artists’ studio,
  11. Possibilities to do collaborative process
  12. Opportunities to perform or present your work.
  13. Dive to Yogyakarta’s arts scene!

*Materials for puppet making will not be included


Artist will need to pay to join Papermoon Residency Program, and pay for their own flight tickets, visa fee and transportation.

Papermoon Puppet Theatre could provide letters of recommendation for artists to apply for a grant.

I Know Something That You Don’t Know

I Know Something That You Don’t Know is a puppet theater performance unlike anything you have ever imagined.

binaural cinematic puppet performance, non verbal, for adults.

30 minutes

It is a nonverbal binaural mask and puppet performance that will be presented to one person in private.

Turn off the light, sit by yourself, put your headphones on, and watch it on your own.

This is a story about an old man, a father, a husband, whom surrounded by his children who’ve been mourning after their loss of the beloved one.


“The binaural experience.. is extraordinary!”

“Such an eerie, yet sad experience”

“It’s been so long since I cried on my own, and I am sure hundreds who watched felt the same way”

“Beyond expectation!”

“It brought me goosebumps!”

“Papermoon’s best virtual performance!”

“Such a tear-jerker performance”

The House

Papermoon Residency House

a place for artists who need a retreat to make new work, do research, collaboration, on puppetry fields in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

This eco-friendly house located on the hill,  in the middle of terracotta artisan village, and surrounded by nature.  The house has huge green open space with beautiful garden where you could do

yoga, meditation, or even stargazing in the night.

The house facilitated with:

  1. 4 eco-friendly private rooms, with fan
  2. 3 bathrooms,
  3. 2 open studio,
  4. 1 shared kitchen
  5. 1 shared dining room
  6. books instead of Wifi

You could take weekly or monthly artists residency program with Papermoon Puppet Theatre in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Papermoon Residency House is located in the middle of a village of terracotta artisans, 5 minutes biking from our studio.

Living in community compound will allow artists to interact with locals, doing exchanges with fellow artists from different disciplines. Sharing session, work in progress performance, studio visit, learn from the masters, will be part of the residency program.

Please contact us for joining our Residency Program, and to stay at Papermoon Residency House.

a Bucket of Beetles

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 masterpiec

“It reminds me to Mellies’ movies”

after the show