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Jakarta Post

When the young bend ‘Cap Go Meh’ ritual

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 8 2012   /  09:17 am

Each time the youth rise against social rules set by the elders, a drama begins.

Teater Bejana brought onto an open stage a performance titled Nonton Cap Go Meh (Watching Cap Go Meh) in Petak Sembilan Temple in West Jakarta on Saturday afternoon, amusing the public with acting, live music and Barongsai and Liong dances.

Nonton Cap Go Meh is a literary work by the late noted Chinese-Malay writer and journalist Kwee Tek Hoay, who is often dearly referred to as KTH. He received a cultural award from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last year.

The performance, which earlier marked the Chinese New Year celebration, was a part of the Jakarta Biennale 2011, a biennial contemporary art festival in the capital city.

Set up in 1930s, the drama centered on Thomas and Lies, a married couple who wanted to watch Cap Go Meh, a celebration of the 15th day after the New Ye...