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Jakarta Post

The obsessive twist coming your way

  • Dina Indrasafitri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 24 2012   /  12:11 pm

Horror movies milking the usual images of various types of ghouls and ghosts, as well as scantily clad women, who somehow find their way into the plots, still flood local cinemas.

But the play Goyang Penasaran (The Obsessive Twist) mixes the two elements of horror and sensuality in a slightly different twist, offering the audience a critical look at the issues of sexuality, religion and politics through the story of a village beauty, who is both lusted after and despised.

According to the explanation on the play’s webpage, which was set up to raise funds to stage the play in Jakarta, Goyang Penasaran is “a commentary on both the euphoria and the crisis of visibility after the downfall of Soeharto’s authoritarian regime”.

“After long suppression by the regime, celebrations of sexuality as well as various expressions of Muslim public piety are...