Three personas and three artistic performances that will tickle your artistry soul.
Talking about the biggest literature heritage in the archipelago history of civilization, the name of Serat Centhini will be absolutely included in the list. Often misunderstood as the Kamasutra of Java, Serat Centhini actually contains more than that. This literature piece is not only life encyclopedia which consists of many spiritual and physical teachings, yet it is also a holy book to guide human life as they grow up, at least that is what Agnes Christina, an artist, director and also performer who has been translating Serat Centhini in the Reading Centhini serial performance since 2013.
Agnes started Reading Centhini project when she first joined the Director’s lab program from The Substation Singapore and National Arts Council. For 18 months she had studied Serat Centhini and learned to interpret its sequences of traditional songs into meaningful series of movements. Agnes did the process of interpreting the Serat Centhini by consulting to some experts, including Ching Tze Chien, a famous Singaporean scriptwriter who helped her building the storytelling pattern, and Suprapto Suryodarmo from Joged Amerta workshop who indirectly helped Agnes forming the production pattern of Reading Centhini.
In the coming Bazaar Art Jakarta (BAJ) 2016, Agnes Christina will perform Reading Centhini: Nggon, which in Javanese means home or place to live. Her performance will simulate the troublesome yet exquisite Javanese process of building home, since for the Javanese home is a very personal thing and the process of building it is a symbol of harmony between humans and their environment. Building home is a metaphor of our life. The home is built from the bottom to the peak, like life that keeps growing to reach perfection. “Through Reading Centhini: Nggon, I hope that we all can keep building our life from the bottom to the peak to achieve perfection, which is the harmony of our own selves and our environment, and in the end our soul can unite with our physical body in everything we do,” she told as the conversation came to an end.