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Djakarta Teater Platform 2018 boasts diverse aesthetics, artistic concepts

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, September 7, 2018  /  04:36 pm
Djakarta Teater Platform 2018 boasts diverse aesthetics, artistic concepts

Hong Kong-based Theater Ash will perform at Djakarta Teater Platform 2018. (Djakarta Teater Platform/File)

The third installment of Djakarta Teater Platform is set to run on two separate occasions, from Sept. 6 to 21 at Graha Bhakti Budaya in Taman Ismail Marzuki and from Oct. 24 to Nov. 8 at Studio Tom, FFTV, at the Jakarta Arts Institute (IKJ) in Central Jakarta.

Themed “Silent Mass", the festival features international groups such as Theater Ash from Hong Kong, Curious Directive from Norwich, the United Kingdom, Fujiyamaannette from Tokyo, Japan, and Teater Kubur from Indonesia.

IKJ rector representative Seno Joko Suyono said during a press conference on Thursday that it was rare for TIM to host an international event that featured diverse aesthetics and artistic concepts.

Seno said this year's event was interesting because it featured Curious Directive, which combined theater and film, and Teater Kubur, which seldom performed these days.

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Teater Kubur director Dindon WS released a sneak peek for the show Instalasi Macet (Traffic Jam Installation) and said it was based on his research about Kampung Apung in West Jakarta.

Meanwhile, Theater Ash director David Glass briefly shared information about City of Darkness.

Set in Kowloon Walled City, the performance mixes European and Asian arts, including wayang, Japanese butoh dance and Chinese opera.

Djakarta Teater Platform is supported by the Communications and Information Ministry, British Council of Indonesia and the Japan Foundation.

The performances are open to the public and free of charge.

In addition to the theater shows, Djakarta Teater Platform will also host workshops and discussions. (kes)