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Jakarta Post

Performances honor master's plays, poetry

  • Triwik Kurniasari


JAKARTA   /   Sun, November 8 2009   /  02:10 pm

A series of events called "Remembering Rendra", featuring poetry readings, plays and discussions, were held in remembrance of the late leading Indonesian poet and playwright W.S. Rendra, whose birthday fell on Nov. 7. Several prominent artists took part in the events, held at the Salihara Theater in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta on Friday and Saturday. Rendra died on Aug. 6 from complications related to coronary heart disease. One of the most interesting performances was the play Kereta Kencana (The Golden Chariot), an adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's Les Chaises (The Chairs). Kereta Kencana tells of an old couple who are trapped in their imagination, unable to face reality. The play ends tragically with their pair's suicide. The production, directed by Putu Wijaya, was staged Friday and Saturday, starring Ikranegara and Niniek L. Karim as the husband and wife. Rendr...