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‘Planet - Sebuah Lament’ blends culture, nature in theatrical spectacular

Josa Lukman
Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Mon, January 27, 2020  /  02:54 pm
‘Planet - Sebuah Lament’ blends culture, nature in theatrical spectacular

Cultural preview: "Planet - a Lament" is narrated through a series of laments, performed by the 15-member Mazmur Chorale Choir from Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Garin Nugroho’s latest multidisciplinary work Planet - Sebuah Lament (Planet - A lament), conveys an environmental message while offering a glimpse into the rich cultures of eastern Indonesia. Making its national premiere at the Jakarta Theater in Taman Ismail Marzuki on Jan. 17-18, Planet follows the renowned film director's critically acclaimed feature film, Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body), and black-and-white silent movie Setan Jawa (Javanese devil). Following the Jakarta performance, Planet will debut internationally in February at the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia TOPA) in Melbourne, Australia. The stage production, on which work began in 2014, is an extensive study of laments as an artistic expression, particularly the laments of eastern Indonesia and Melanesia, but which&nb...