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Nanik Indarti engages dwarfs in theater to challenge stereotyping

A. Kurniawan Ulung

The Jakarta Post

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Yogyakarta  /  Tue, January 28, 2020  /  05:39 pm
Nanik Indarti engages dwarfs in theater to challenge stereotyping

Broken-hearted: In a play titled "Kahanan" in November in Yogyakarta, Nanik Indarti (left) plays short-statured woman Sumirat who falls to pieces after her average-size boyfriend Panji Sosrosuroso tells her that his mother disapproves of their plan to tie the knot. (JP/A. Kurniawan Ulung)

For thespian Nanik Indarti, short-statured people are not a laughing matter and she believes in utilizing theater to end exploitation and discrimination of all kinds against them. “I am a unique woman,” said Nanik, who lives with achondroplasia, a bone growth disorder that causes disproportionate dwarfism.  For the 34-year-old, dwarfism is not a disability. The limitations she faces in life are caused by the attitude of able-bodied people who view her condition in a demeaning way. Nanik Indarti. (JP/A. Kurniawan Ulung) Nanik, who is 125 centimeters in height, is the founder of the Unique Project Theater, a community of dwarfs in Yogyakarta who use theater to speak out about the stigmatization, stereotyping and discrimination they face in society, with the aim of encouraging inclusion.  On Nov. 6 last year at the Yogyakarta Cultural Park (TBY), th...