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Reviving the 'I La Galigo’ creation myth

Carla Bianpoen

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, June 29, 2019  /  03:01 pm
Reviving the 'I La Galigo’ creation myth

Shadow play: The most recent performance of "I La Galigo" was held at the IMF World Bank meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali, last year. (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)

I La Galigo may sound like the title of an Italian opera, but it is also the title of an ancient creation myth from South Sulawesi that American playwright Robert Wilson has translated into an avant-garde piece of performance art on stage, with movement, light and space as major elements. And when the curtains open on its vernissage night on July 3 at Ciputra Artpreneur Theater in South Jakarta, where it will be staged until July 7, we will sense a different energy, a different rhythm (as Wilson once relayed) — something you have to experience. In fact, this ancient cosmic myth reveals a sense of the divine and the human experience at the same time. Watching a procession of figures carrying goods from an ancient world slowly pass from right to left on a stage of changing hues is like entering a world of wondrous colors, where speech is replaced by stylized gestures and the pa...