The Jakarta Post
Puppetmasters perform with the characters Puno (right) and his daughter Tala at the characters' home. (Papermoon/File)
Contemporary puppet theater troupe Papermoon Puppet Theater will present its latest work Puno (Letters to The Sky) on Aug. 24 to 26 in Jakarta and Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 in Bandung, West Java, as part of an effort to raise funds to attend an upcoming international puppet festival.
Puno tells the story of Tala, a girl raised by her father Puno. Their relationship changes when Puno falls so sick that he cannot hug his daughter anymore. The work has previously been performed in Spain, Argentina and three Southeast Asian countries.
As reported by tempo.co, the festival's initiator Maria "Ria" Tri Sulistyani said the tickets to the Jakarta show at Edwin's Gallery in Kemang, available for Rp 350,000 (US$24), had sold out online and offline.
"In a mere five minutes the online tickets sold out, as well as the offline tickets," said Ria in Jakarta on Wednesday, adding that tickets to the Bandung show were still available.
Ria said she was surprised by the tremendous enthusiasm for the performance, as she previously thought that not many people would be interested in the show.
The troupe is currently raising funds to attend the upcoming puppet festival Pesta Boneka #6 in Yogyakarta on Oct. 24 to 26. The event is slated to feature artists from 15 countries including the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. Six Indonesian groups will participate in the "The Journey"-themed festival.
As well as selling tickets, the troupe is also open to collaboration opportunities with third parties. (kes)