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Jakarta Post

‘Planet - Sebuah Lament’ blends culture, nature in theatrical spectacular

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 28 2020   /  02:30 am

Beyond the veil: Merauke, Papua-based soloist Septina Layan performs several laments during key scenes in the production, most notably in the beginning and ending.Making its national premiere at the Jakarta Theater in Taman Ismail Marzuki on Jan. 17-18, Planet follows the renowned film director’s critically acclaimed feature film, Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body), and black-and-white silent movie Setan Jawa (Javanese devil).Following the Jakarta performance, Planet will debut internationally in February at the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia TOPA) in Melbourne, Australia.The stage production, on which work began in 2014, is an extensive study of laments as an artistic expression, particularly the laments of eastern Indonesia and Melanesia, but which carries a glimmer of hope in Garin’s interpretation.Planet ...