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Jakarta Post

Jemek Supardi: Staying true to his artistic choices

  • Tarko Sudiarno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 12 2008   /  10:18 am

JEMEK SUPARDI: (JP/P.J Leo) Having been a prominent mime artist for decades, Jemek Supardi now wants to take time out from clowning around to seriously reflect on his life and work. "Now that I am 55 years old, I have to reflect on my life. Life should not just be for fun ... I get bored and take pity on my family. "Now I have to be selective in choosing which art performances I attend. I will not attend any show that is not serious," said Jemek after watching a recent Korean dance performance at the workshop of the late dancer Bagong Kussudiardja in Yogyakarta. Jemek admitted that he had not been really serious before, but that it was time for him to lead a better life. "I've been there, done that. It's all in the past. Now I have to follow my heart," he said. Being a pantomime artist has helped open his eyes and heart,...