Nia dinata & gibran nicholau Papadimitriou
Discussing about a puppeteer, the first that will come to our mind is an old man wearing Javanese traditional clothes. However, this figure is different. He is Gibran Nicholau Papadimitrou, a 13-year-old young boy who puts interest on puppetry world. Until now he has decided to be a young puppeteer or commonly called as dalang anom. Gibran is not just another teenager, in his young age, he has memorized various Indonesian puppetry’s stories. Especially his favorite stories from Mahabharata and Ramayana, some of which are Ontoseno Kraman and Rama Tambak, which he finally studied through watching the performance from his tutor, Ki Agustinus Sardjono, in puppetry school in Yogyakarta.
For his unusual hobby, BAJ 2016 has asked Gibran to perform a meaningful Indonesian puppet story on the opening night in ballroom of The Ritz-carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place. On the upcoming gala night, Gibran will perform a puppet story titled Mbangun
Taman Maerakåcå along with the launching of Ini Kisah Tiga Dara movie directed by his mother, Nia Dinata. Some exclusive teasers of Ini Kisah Tiga Dara which has similar basic idea as Mbangun Taman Maerakåcå will be performed to escort Gibran into the stage of his play. The story tells about Srikandi who held contest to beautify the appearance of Maerakåcå Park after a great fire happened and the winner would be able to marry her soon. Immediately all men from all walks of life compete to rebuild Maerakåcå Park. However as the time goes on for a really quite a while and many dramas happened, no one was able to build it. Until finally Arjuna successfully conquered Srikandi’s challenge through his legendary arc. You must be curious and questioning Arjuna’s way to rebuild Maerakåcå Park, so do not miss the opening of BAJ 2016 on August 25.