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Garin returns to the theater with 'The Iron Bed'

  • Blontank Poer

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 9 2008   /  11:34 am
THE IRON BED: A Scene from Garin Nugroho's theater piece The Iron Bed, Which based on his film Opera Jawa. (JP/Blontank Poer)(JP/Blontank Poer)

THE IRON BED: A Scene from Garin Nugroho's theater piece The Iron Bed, Which based on his film Opera Jawa. (JP/Blontank Poer) Directing a play is much like directing a movie, as shown by noted filmmaker Garin Nugroho with his theatrical piece The Iron Bed, an opera based on his film Opera Jawa, the Javanese Opera. The play, his first after a 20-year absence from the theater, will be staged during Zurcher Theater Spektakel, an art festival in Zurich, Switzerland, this Aug. 18-21. Theater troupes, dancers, musicians and video artists from 40 countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa will take part in the event. "I was asked to present Opera Jawa in the form of theatrical performance. So I reworked it into a play," Garin told The Jakarta Post after the play's recent premier at the Great Theater Hall of the Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI) in Surakarta...