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Teater Koma will restage Lady White Snake, an in­trigu­ing drama­ti­za­tion of China’s pop­u­lar folk­lore, “The Leg­end of the White Snake”, at Ta­man Is­mail Marzuki this month. The di­rec­tor, Nano Riantiarno, talks to us about its univer­sal val­ues

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Di­rected by Nano Riantiarno, Teater Koma will be restag­ing Lady White Snake at Ta­man Is­mail Marzuki this month

the leg­end of the white snake” is a leg­end that ex­isted in Chi­nese oral tra­di­tion long be­fore any writ­ten com­pi­la­tion. It de­picts hu­man­ity’s bat­tle with good and evil, a tragedy so com­pli­cated that it ob­scures the good from the bad. “The Leg­end of the White Snake” tells the story of a de­monic white snake, which, af­ter 1,800 years of cease­less ef­fort—med­i­tat­ing, ap­ply­ing self-dis­ci­pline, and mas­ter­ing the en­er­gies of the uni­verse—fi­nally takes a hu­man form. The play orig­i­nates from the South­ern Song dy­nasty, and it has been pre­sented in a num­ber of ma­jor Chi­nese op­eras, films, and TV se­ries. In April 1994, Teater Koma staged Nano Riantiarno’s ver­sion of the drama at Ta­man Is­mail Marzuki, Jakarta. 21 years later, the troupe, renowned for their satir­i­cal play, is slated to re-stage the Lady White Snake this month at the same venue.

What are the

sim­i­lar­i­ties and

dif­fer­ences be­tween

the 1994 pro­duc­tion

and the one this year?

The main story

stays, and so do the

stage­hands, but the

ac­tors are to­tally new.

Of course, this year’s

pro­duc­tion will be a

dif­fer­ent pre­sen­ta­tion,

as the good and evil, the

hu­man and mon­ster—

back then and these

days are dif­fer­ent.

Can you elab­o­rate

more on that?

The so­cial is­sues and

po­lit­i­cal con­di­tions we

faced in 1994 were

dif­fer­ent from those

of to­day. At that time,

dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing the good

from the evil was easy.

Po­lice were the good

guys; rob­bers were the

bad guys. The armed

forces were the good

guys; the sep­a­ratists

were the bad guys. Now,

ev­ery­thing has blurred:

when dis­putes be­tween

the na­tional po­lice and

the anti-graft com­mis­sion

heighten, when the

par­lia­ment en­dorses a

cor­rup­tion sus­pect as a

can­di­date for the na­tional

po­lice chief post, when

street crimes es­ca­late,

and when ev­i­dence

re­veals bla­tant cor­rup­tion

at­tempts—it’s be­com­ing

harder and harder for us

to dis­tin­guish hu­mans

from mon­sters, an­gels

from demons, and vice

versa. The plot thick­ens,

and as a re­sult, the

ex­cit­ing.

Are there any

dif­fer­ences in the

cul­tural as­pects of this

dra­matic pro­duc­tion?

and props.

What does this

ap­pli­ca­tion en­tail,

then?

drama

Lady

will get more and more

We will be us­ing more

batik cloths for the

cos­tumes. My re­search

in Lasem and batik

pro­duc­ing cen­tres at the

north­ern coastal town of

Cen­tral Java as­cer­tains

that be­fore World War II,

Chi­nese opera troupes

had ap­plied batik on

cos­tumes, masks,

Chi­nese op­eras in

In­done­sia and in

South­east Asian

coun­tries ex­pe­ri­enced

var­i­ous ac­cul­tur­a­tion

and amal­ga­ma­tion

pro­cesses. By

in­cor­po­rat­ing lo­cal

con­tents into per­form­ing

arts, Chi­nese cul­ture,

just like that of Batak,

Ja­vanese, Manadonese,

Balinese, and Ban­jar, is

just another sub­cul­ture.

There are a myr­iad of en­ter­tain­ing events on tap all across the cap­i­tal and be­yond. Brace your­self for April’s ex­cite­ments as listed on the line- up be­low

40th An­niver­sary

Ta­man Mini In­done­sia Indah (TMII) Beau­ti­ful In­done­sia in Minia­ture Park will high­light its 40th an­niver­sary with a month-long cel­e­bra­tion at the 34 Pavil­ions, fea­tur­ing dances, ex­po­si­tions, culi­nary fes­ti­vals, and cul­tural pro­grammes.

The Bali Spirit

Agung Rai Mu­seum of Art in Ubud, Bali, will house the Bali Spirit Fes­ti­val 2015, a six-day (March 31 – April 5) in­ter­na­tional spir­i­tual con­ven­tion for global cit­i­zens. Fifty in­struc­tors from the US, In­dia, the UK, Aus­tralia, France, Venezuela, Korea, and Ja­maica will di­rect the work­shops on spir­i­tual heal­ings, yoga, dances, and mu­sic.

Leg­end of the White Snake

Renowned the­atre troupe Teater Koma will restage their 1994 hits, “Opera Ular Pu­tih”, Nano Riantiarno’s drama­ti­za­tion of China’s folk­tale, “The Leg­end of the White Snake”. Venue: Graha Bhakti Bu­daya Ta­man Is­mail Marzuki, Jakarta.

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Ja­pan Mu­sic Soiree

Mary­gopops Stu­dios will bring “Ja­pan Night, A Ja­panese Mu­sic to the World” to Jakarta at The Kasablanka, Kota Kasablanka Mall. Doors to dance with the mu­sic from Ja­pan with VAMPS and Alexan­dros will open at 5:30pm.

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Tamb­ora Chal­lenge

In April 1815, Mount Tamb­ora pro­duced the largest erup­tion on the planet in the past 10,000 years, cre­at­ing global cli­matic ef­fects. As a high­light to the bi­cen­ten­nial of the catas­tro­phe, the Kom­pas Group or­ches­trated “Tamb­ora Chal­lenge”, a six-day cross coun­try race fea­tur­ing 408-km Tamb­ora Bike, 320-km Trans Sum­bawa Run, and 42 + 24 km Tamb­ora Trail Run.

Pop At­tack

TG Ko­mu­nikasi Nu­san­tara will present “AAA (At­tack All Around) First Asia Tour 2015” at the Up­per Room, Jakarta. The Ja­pan pop group of seven mu­si­cians is cel­e­brat­ing its 10th an­niver­sary with a se­ries of con­certs in Tai­wan, Hong Kong, and Sin­ga­pore.

Art Stu­dents Ex­hi­bi­tion

Ga­leri Na­sional, the Na­tional Gallery of In­done­sia, will ex­hibit the works of art stu­dents in “Pam­eran Seni Rupa Karya Ma­ha­siswa In­done­sia”. The fort­night art show fea­tures twoand three-di­men­sional cre­ations based on rea­son­ing, sen­sa­tions, and art as con­strued by draw­ings, paint­ings, in­stal­la­tions, short films, comics, pho­tog­ra­phy, videos, and mul­ti­me­dia.

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From Bo­gor with Love

Baraja En­ter­prise, a Bo­gor­based arts and en­ter­tain­ment im­pre­sario, will stage “In Love with Kahitna and Tu­lus” at the Grand Ball­room of Puri Be­gawan, Bo­gor. The con­cert fea­tures the best vibes of tal­ented new­comer Tu­lus and the Kahitna mu­sic group from Ban­dung.

Re­viv­ing the leg­end Nano Riantiarno, the di­rec­tor of Lady White Snake, and his pro­duc­tion

White Snake

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