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Jakarta Post

Sundanese tale of divine ape hits theater

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 20 2012   /  09:50 am

The mighty ape: Lutung Kasarung (center) and his fellow apes rehearse for their musical performance of Lutung Kasarung (The Lost Ape) at Teater Jakarta in Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM). The musical will be staged from May 18 to May 27. (JP/R.Berto Wedhatama)The Lutung Kasarung musical finally hit the Indonesian capital after being staged in Bandung, West Java, last year. The musical is the latest addition to the list of performing arts that have entertained Jakartans over the past few years. Lutung Kasarung, which literally means The Lost Ape, is from an old Sundanese quatrain. It was first brought to the public in 1921 by Bandung regent RA Wiranatakusumah in the form of gending karesmen; a drama using traditional music. Five years later, NV Java Film Company produced Lutung Kasarung, the first ever silent movie in the country. Today, the musical presents a modern performance that combines ...